January 03, 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 US Agency for International Development has released a report to Congress on its activities in global health research and development (R&D). The report also outlines the agency’s strategy for global health R&D from 2011 to 2015.

While the Obama Administration is expected to continue including science and technology (S&T) in its diplomacy agenda, US diplomatic efforts in S&T may be more reliant on collaboration with the private sector due to expected government spending cuts.

The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth has released a new video, called “Born in Silence,” that sheds light on stillbirth worldwide. Approximately three million babies are stillborn each year worldwide.

amfAR—the Foundation for AIDS Research—released updated estimates for the potential human impact of federal budget cuts to US global health programs.

A candidate dengue vaccine developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health has been found to be safe and effective in most vaccine recipients, according to results from an early-stage clinical trial.

The World Health Organization Executive Board this week approved a draft resolution on neglected disease R&D financing and coordination. The resolution will be considered at the next World Health Assembly in May.

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