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Research Roundup: Tech to stop a pandemic, DNA vaccine against Ebola, and a unique way to attack malaria

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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IPM receives USAID award to advance dual-purpose prevention ring for women

Luann Tia Blount is the Clinical Communications Officer for GHTC member the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a nonprofit product development partnership dedicated to developing new HIV prevention technologies and making them available to women in developing countries. This post discusses novel approaches to HIV prevention, namely an adapted medical technology used to deliver hormones to women—the vaginal ring.

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New report shows a decline in funding for neglected disease R&D

Earlier today, the fourth annual G-FINDER report was released. This resource, developed by Policy Cures, is the only one of its kind that maps the global level of investment in developing new vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other tools that address 31 neglected diseases. This year’s report studies funding levels and trends in 2010.

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RV144 and the future of an HIV vaccine

Kevin Fisher is the Policy Director for GHTC member AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, an organization that focuses on accelerating the development and delivery of critical AIDS vaccines and HIV treatment and prevention tools. AVAC and partners are hosting a congressional briefing this week to discuss promising results from a Military HIV Research Program’s (MHRP)-sponsored trial to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

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‘Make no mistake, we are going to win this fight’

Yesterday, at an event hosted by ONE and (RED) to commemorate World AIDS Day, President Obama declared the beginning of the end of AIDS: “Today is a remarkable day. Today, we come together, as a global community, across continents, faiths and cultures, to renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic –once and for all.”

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Building developing country capacity is key in the battle against HIV/AIDS

As we commemorate World AIDS Day 2011, I am both encouraged by the recent discoveries that are improving and prolonging lives and reminded of the challenges that remain in our battle to defeat this terrible disease.

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Leading with science, we can end the AIDS pandemic

December 1 marks the commemoration of World AIDS Day—a day to reflect on an epidemic that has affected millions of lives worldwide for three decades now and how far we’ve come towards an end. This year’s focus and theme is a right on target: “Leading with Science, United for Action.”

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PATH/Patrick McKern
Shifting the bottom line—can R&D tax credits work for diseases of the poor?

Aarthi Rao is a senior program associate at the Center for Global Health R&D Policy Assessment of the Results for Development Institute. This post shares some of the main findings of the Center's recent report, "R&D Tax Credits: A Tool to Advance Global Health Technologies?"

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Major project launched to boost kala-azar elimination in South Asia

A comprehensive four-year project to boost kala-azar elimination strategies in India and Bangladesh, where the concentration of disease burden is among the world's highest, was launched by an international consortium formed last month to support the countries' control and elimination strategies.

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PATH/Robin Biellik
GHTC Director highlights progress in developing new interventions for HIV/AIDS

The past three years have been historic in the number of breakthroughs in research to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV and AIDS.

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Better Health, Stronger Economies: Investing in Global Health Research & Development

R!A, in partnership with Aeras, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the International Partnership for Microbicides and OneWorld Health, hosted a Capitol Hill briefing Nov. 15 on the role of product development partnerships (PDPs) in global health R&D.

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‘The biggest thing we are leaving behind is intellectual capital’

One of the most overlooked benefits of US-funded global health research is the training provided to scientists to do the work in their own communities.

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A chorus of demands for new TB vaccines

Jamie Rosen is the media & communications manager for Aeras, a GHTC member. Aeras and the TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI) recently hosted a booth at the Union World Conference on Lung Health to hear from conference attendees about the need for a new TB vaccine. This blog post reflects what Aeras heard and experienced at the conference.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
The goal of an AIDS-free generation: The time to invest in science is now

Mitchell Warren, the executive director of AVAC and a founding member of GHTC, wrote the following op-ed in reaction to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the National Institutes of Health and her announcement to prioritize achieving an AIDS-free generation. This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill’s “Congress Blog” this week.

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New collaboration to Bolster the fight against TB

The most recent WHO TB Control report noted that rates of TB declined this past year for the first time in decades. However, even with such progress, TB remains one of the most devastating global health crises today, with ripple effects that extend beyond health to cripple prosperity and development of regions overwhelmed by the disease.

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PATH/Wendy Stone
GHTC members weigh in on importance of HIV/AIDS research

After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the NIH earlier this week, GHTC asked our member organizations involved in HIV/AIDS why the US should continue to prioritize HIV/AIDS research.

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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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CDC/Dr. Scott Smith
Stephen Colbert talks emerging diseases

GHTC Senior Policy Associate Ashley Bennett blogs about a recent interview on The Colbert Report on infectious diseases, and how research can help us prepare for what’s ahead.

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The smartest investment we can make

GHTC Director Kaitlin Christenson attended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) yesterday and blogged her reaction to the address for Breakthroughs.

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Why should Americans care about global health innovation

Today, the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog posted a series of video interviews that GHTC conducted with prominent Americans and leading US health officials about why Americans should care about global health and research.

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PATH/Satvir Malhotra
Center for Global Development launches new report

Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington, DC-based think-tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research, officially released its newest report on global health earlier this week.

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