June 27, 2013

Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

Communications Officer

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

The TB Alliance recently launched an online resource that allows users to follow the progress of the organization’s efforts to develop new drugs for tuberculosis (TB).

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a five-year, $7.5 million contract with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support regulatory science and enhance global regulatory capacity. The funding will support WHO’s efforts to provide substantial regulatory support to many of its 193 Member States.

A new report from the Institute of Medicine finds that a National Institutes of Health program to spur the translation of science to clinical therapies is largely successful but could be more collaborative.

WHO, the World Trade Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization are planning a discussion on the current model for researching and developing new medical and pharmaceutical products—as well as new incentives and collaborative innovation models.

The University of Washington has received funding from the Department of Defense to continue a project aimed at developing a small, paper-based device that could test for infectious in areas where diagnostic capabilities are limited.

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