BREAKTHROUGHS BLOG

May 08, 2014

Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

Senior Program Assistant
GHTC

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

Joanne Carter—executive director of RESULTS Education Fund—writes about the negative impact the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 federal budgets cuts could have on the development of new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). The President’s FY 2015 budget has proposed a $45 million cut—or 19 percent reduction—to the US Agency for International Development’s TB budget.

On the occasion of the first meeting on the world’s Global Health Security Agenda this week, Tom Frieden—director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—and Andy Weber—assistant secretary of defense—wrote a feature on CNN about why global health security matters to the US. They highlight the $40 million commitment by CDC and the Department of Defense to enable its 12 partner countries to strengthen their ability to prevent, detect, and effectively respond to infectious disease threats worldwide.

The International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) announced this week that it has received the exclusive worldwide rights to dapivirine—a promising HIV prevention medicine—from Janssen R&D Ireland, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. This represents an expansion of IPM’s existing rights to develop, manufacture, and bring to market dapivrine-based products for women in resource-poor countries.

The Washington Post Innovations Blog notes five reasons why we should be worried about the future of American innovation. It discusses how unstable and inadequate spending on research and development will stymie the future of scientific research and innovation.

This week, the Council of the European Union approved the participation of the European Union in the second program of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. The second program will support all stages of clinical trials, from Phase I to IV, for HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.

The Washington Post Editorial Board argues that time is short to address antibiotic resistance in response to the World Health Organization’s warning last week that resistance to antibiotics has become a “major threat to public health.” The article notes that the overuse of antibiotics has bred drug resistance and that few new antibiotics are in the development pipeline to remedy the problem.

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