Category Archives: Research and Development

Report proposes innovative approaches to spurring global health innovations

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In 2003, a study published in the journal Nature told of a vaccine candidate that showed promise against Ebola when tried on monkeys. With funding or financial incentives, and the interest those might have prompted from large pharmaceutical companies, the next step would have been the development of the vaccine for use in humans, Dr. Peter Hotez of […]

Accessible global health innovations critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

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“You can design the most beautiful vaccine or other technology but without proper marketing or dissemination, it will sit on a shelf,” Kaitlin Christenson of PATH said Wednesday. Emphasizing that access and affordability are key to the success of innovations addressing global health concerns, she was speaking at  a Congressional panel focused on the role […]

Development goals should include measures of global health research, report argues

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A new report calls on the United Nations to include global health research and development indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals monitoring framework, set to be adopted later this month. While the SDGs include ambitious targets for reducing child and maternal deaths and eradicating the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics, the report notes, no indicators […]

Tuberculosis R&D “grossly insufficient” according to new report

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The global tuberculosis response and TB research and development remain weak and inadequate despite approval of the first new TB drugs in decades and a new global strategy to reduce TB incidence and mortality, according to Treatment Action Groups’ latest report. With just $255 million spent on TB research and development each year, funding is […]

Budget cuts threaten HIV vaccine development, say experts

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New HIV infections would decrease by 40 percent within ten years after the launch of an HIV vaccine, experts said at an HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event on Monday hosted by AVAC, IAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Advancements in technology have paved the way for an effective HIV vaccine, but progress is threatened […]

First all-oral XDR-TB drug regimen trial launches in South Africa

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The TB Alliance Wednesday announced the launch of the first clinical trial testing an all-oral regimen to treat extensively- drug resistant tuberculosis. With a three drug combination the Nix-TB regimen trial seeks to cure patients within six to nine months. The trial will launch at three sites in South Africa and will include patients as […]

New initiative puts research funding for Africa into hands of Africans

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For decades, the research agenda in Africa has been set by funders from Western Europe and the United States, but a new initiative puts control of managing Africa-focused research programs into the hands of Africans. The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) aims to be the African hub for peer-reviewing and managing […]

Study shows organ donation between HIV-infected is feasible, desirable

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The results of a new study support something advocates both domestically and globally have been pushing for years: organ donation from people infected with HIV to others living with HIV. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows outcomes for HIV-infected patients who received kidney transplants from HIV-infected individuals are similar to […]

Tuberculosis R&D must be U.S. diplomatic priority, say global health leaders

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Along with maintaining funding for fighting global tuberculosis, the United States government must better coordinate with the most affected countries on TB research and development, said global health leaders Monday at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, examining challenges to global tuberculosis efforts. This point, along with the recommendation that the […]

PrEP should be looked at as “critical component” to address HIV among men who have sex with men, review concludes

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In a “truly watershed period for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights and freedoms,” in the global north, the few prevention methods that work for men who have sex with men need to rapidly be taken to scale, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis, Dr. Chris Beyrer writes in a new piece published in Current Opinions in Infectious […]