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Emily Conron
Democrats take the House and Republicans maintain hold on the Senate in midterm elections

While the dust is still settling from the US midterm elections, the major takeaways are set: Democrats have taken the House and Republicans have solidified their hold in the Senate. This means a shake up in leadership and the make-up of key Congressional committees. GHTC takes a look at what these changes could mean for continued US support for global health R&D.

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Rapid, low-cost rabies test offers hope in Haiti

In this guest post, Jessie L. Dyer, MSPH, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Rabies Program, writes about the agency’s work with partners in Haiti to fight the disease.

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PATH/Patrick McKern
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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The plague dipstick—Bringing the laboratory to the bedside

In this guest post, Dr. Martin Schriefer, chief of the Diagnostic and Reference Activity in the Bacterial Diseases Branch of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) in Fort Collins, Colo., writes about his laboratory’s development of a new diagnostic tool, the plague dipstick.

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PATH/Wendy Stone
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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21st century tools needed to confront 21st century global health challenges

In this guest post, Dr. Beth P. Bell, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), describes some of her center’s active engagement in global health work.

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New paper offers insights into key challenges facing R&D for diseases of poverty

In this guest post, Claire Wingfield—product development policy officer at PATH—writes about a new paper she developed for the GHTC that outlines key challenges and solutions facing research and development (R&D) for diseases of poverty.

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IAVI Report
Curtains down for the NEPRC

As animal facilities go, the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC) had attained a legendary status on the roster of US biomedical research institutions.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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New bill would prompt welcome reforms to US foreign assistance programs, including global health R&D

Last week, Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Karen Bass (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Global Partnerships Act of 2013.

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PATH/Evelyn Hockstin
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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PATH/Evelyn Hockstein
Celebrating vaccines’ past successes and future potential

Through the heroic efforts of infant and childhood global vaccination programs, childhood diseases that once caused millions of deaths across the globe have been thwarted.

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New bill would bolster USAID’s role in global health research

Earlier this month, Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced the 21st Century Global Health Technology Act, which would make several important and welcome changes to global health research and development (R&D) programs at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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US government collaborations protect and improve global health

In this guest post, Heather Ignatius, senior policy and advocacy officer at PATH, writes about the important role US agencies play in advancing global health technologies.

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President’s FY2014 budget has varying news for global health and research programs

Wednesday, the White House released President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request, which overall has mixed results for global health and research programs.

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The Rally for Medical Research: Protecting investments in tropical medicine and global health science

In this guest post, Karen A. Goraleski, executive director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, writes about the importance of US funding for global health research. This is the third post in a series about this week’s Rally for Medical Research.

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Rally for medical research: Building a grassroots movement to make medical research a higher national priority

In this guest post, Megan Kane, PhD, communications intern, and Morgan McCloskey, global health intern, from Research!America write about a rally earlier this week in support for health science and research.

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Rally ‘round the research

In this guest post, Regina McEnery—science writer for IAVI Report and VAX—writes about a rally held in Washington, DC, on April 8 to call on federal policymakers to support health research. This post originally appeared on the IAVI Report blog.

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Asking the right research questions to achieve global health goals

In this guest post, Kristina Gryboski—technical advisor for the Child Survival and Health Grants Program at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)—writes about the importance of partnerships to advance health research.

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PATH/Richard Franco
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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PATH/Eric Becker
Creating partnerships for innovative, high-impact global health products

For more than 30 years, PATH has been working to advance innovative global health solutions. Partnering is a core part of PATH’s strategy and is fundamental to how we develop and deliver high-impact, cost-effective technologies.

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