March 17, 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.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has released the Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2012, a bill that outlines a policy and financing framework to achieve an AIDS-free generation in the United States and globally. The bill was introduced in advance of the XIX International AIDS Conference next week.

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, in collaboration with Indian drug manufacturer Cipla, has announced plans to develop and produce an improved first-line antiretroviral combination therapy specifically adapted to meet the treatment needs of infants and toddlers living with HIV/AIDS.

A recent blog post on by Col. Nelson Michael, director of the US Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, discusses efforts to develop an HIV vaccine through an ongoing public-private partnership.

The first-ever global scientific strategy to develop an HIV/AIDS cure was launched ahead of the XIX International AIDS Conference. The strategy identifies seven important priority areas for basic, translational, and clinical research. It also maps a path for future research collaboration and funding opportunities.

The European Commission has announced plans to open access to scientific research results to foster increased innovation. The commission hopes that the new policy will allow broader and quicker access to scientific papers, as well as make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of publicly funded research.

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