Health Observances

The ASBMB will be marking national and international health observances by sharing research and stories with the public. For more information about national health observances, see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ at-a-glance calendar. For global public health observances, see the World Health Organization’s list of campaigns.


World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day was established in 2008 by the Union for International Cancer Control in Switzerland. It takes place each Feb. 4. The 2018 theme was “We can. I can.” UICC selected the theme to explore “how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.”


World Tuberculosis Day
On March 24, 1882, microbiologist Robert Koch announced to colleagues at the Physiological Society of Berlin that he had found the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. Thanks to his work, and the work of many other researchers, the disease is now both preventable and curable. However, millions of people are still infected each year worldwide. Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations around the world, the ASBMB is observing Tuberculosis Day 2018 by sharing research news from scientists expanding our understanding of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and a variety of perspectives on how the pathogen continues to affect our world.