October 18, 2012

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.

A new article in Science assesses President Obama’s record on promoting international scientific collaboration through the lenses of diplomacy, international development, and the operational requirements for scientific exchange.

Devex examines how pharmaceutical companies are undertaking new research and development models to create products for developing countries, including forming product development partnerships with nongovernment organizations and foundations.

A new issue of the Lancet includes a profile piece on the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health. NCATS aims to “cut the time, cost, and failure rate of bringing laboratory research through to successful clinical medicine.”

An inexpensive liquid test that could help detect low levels of viruses and some cancers has been developed by researchers from Imperial College London, who say that the test could lead to more widespread testing for HIV and other diseases in parts of the world where other methods are unaffordable.

Several recent studies on the influenza virus indicate that seasonal flu shots could become a thing of the past, replaced by long-lasting vaccines.

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