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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria: Epidemiologic, Mycobacteriologic, and Clinical Aspects

Call for Papers

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous organisms that are highly prevalent in the environment. Although NTM infections appear to have increased over the last decade, little is known about the diseases caused by the NTM and only limited data are available showing its prevalence and associated factors. Diagnosis of infection by NTM with standardized microbiologic methods is another challenge faced by the medical community.

Increased knowledge and understanding of this type of mycobacterial disease could improve patient care of affected persons worldwide.

We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate a greater understanding of NTM infections. Suggested areas of research include microbiologic and molecular diagnostic tools, drug susceptibility tests, human genetic susceptibility, prevalence and incidence studies, clinical presentations, and clinical trials for antibiotic therapy.

We are particularly interested in articles describing new laboratory diagnostic tools for NTM and modalities for clinical characterization of NTM diseases in patients with and without underlying diseases and measuring outcomes of treatment trials. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiologic characteristics of NTM
  • Study of natural history of NTM infections
  • Adherence to international NTM guidelines
  • Recent developments in NTM diagnosis
  • Advances in NTM microbiology
  • Clinical evaluation and treatment outcomes measurement
  • Role of drug susceptibility in NTM treatment

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/infectious.diseases/ntm/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 24 October 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 16 January 2015
Publication DateFriday, 13 March 2015

Lead Guest Editor

  • Mehdi Mirsaeidi, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA

Guest Editors

  • Parisa Farnia, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (NRITLD), Masih Daneshvari Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ruxana Sadikot, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Po-Ren Hsueh, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Stefano Aliberti, Department of Health Science, University of Milan Bicocca, Clinica Pneumologica, Monza, Milano, Italy