National Reference Centre for Mycobacteriology
The National Reference Centre for Mycobacteriology (NRCM) program mandate is to provide diagnostic, reference and surveillance services to clients and health care providers for the genus Mycobacterium, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These services are used in the investigation, control, and prevention of human disease within the population. Furthermore, the department provides leadership for the National Tuberculosis Surveillance Program, and responds to tuberculosis outbreaks with surveillance of drug resistance and strain genotyping. The department also offers teaching programs for medical infectious disease physicians, graduate and undergraduate students, and visiting scientists. The scope of the NRCM includes detection and identification services, susceptibility testing services, genotyping services, training and applied research activities.