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Jamie Bay Nishi, MA
As America leads, other nations step up to fund R&D to combat neglected disease threats

The US government has long played an indispensable role in driving global health progress as the world’s leading funder of research and development (R&D) for new vaccines, treatments, and other tools to fight neglected diseases.

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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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What’s Ahead on the Hill: New bill would improve transparency of US foreign aid programs

Last week, a bipartisan group of legislators in both the House and Senate introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013.

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Telling the untold story of tuberculosis

In this guest post, Kari Stoever, vice president of External Affairs at Aeras, writes about a new film series that tells the story of the tuberculosis (TB) pandemic.

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PATH/Dan Chang
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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Senate committee approves spending bill for NIH, CDC

Today, the Senate appropriations committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations bill that outlines funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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PATH/Mike Wang
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/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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What’s ahead on the Hill: Congress moving slowly on a federal budget deal

Congress is heading for its July 4 recess next week, having made a few incremental steps toward a fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget for the federal government—including releasing spending levels for several agencies and programs that support global health and research efforts.

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India’s new rotavirus vaccine—and the innovative partnership that made it happen

In this guest post, Dr. John Boslego, director of PATH’s Vaccine Development Global Program, writes about an innovative partnership between the United States and India to develop an oral vaccine against rotavirus diarrhea.

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Improving US programs for the world’s most neglected patients

“A small, modest investment from the US government could truly transform the lives of people around the world and make a serious public health impact,” Rachel Cohen from the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative said yesterday at a congressional briefing focused on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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Working to protect against the dangers of dengue

In this guest post, Dr. Claire Huang, a researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, describes a dengue vaccine candidate developed by her team.

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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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