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Marissa Chmiola
Gamifying global health innovation

GHTC held a Game changers in global health game night on Capitol Hill to educate Congressional staffers about the impact of US leadership in global health research and development (R&D). Our guests ate, drank, played games, and learned how US investments in global health R&D not only saves lives around the world, but also generates benefits here at home in the United States. Here are some of our favorite photos.

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Curtains down for the NEPRC

As animal facilities go, the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC) had attained a legendary status on the roster of US biomedical research institutions.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

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

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New bill would prompt welcome reforms to US foreign assistance programs, including global health R&D

Last week, Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Karen Bass (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Global Partnerships Act of 2013.

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PATH/Evelyn Hockstin
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

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

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PATH/Evelyn Hockstein
Celebrating vaccines’ past successes and future potential

Through the heroic efforts of infant and childhood global vaccination programs, childhood diseases that once caused millions of deaths across the globe have been thwarted.

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New bill would bolster USAID’s role in global health research

Earlier this month, Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced the 21st Century Global Health Technology Act, which would make several important and welcome changes to global health research and development (R&D) programs at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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US government collaborations protect and improve global health

In this guest post, Heather Ignatius, senior policy and advocacy officer at PATH, writes about the important role US agencies play in advancing global health technologies.

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President’s FY2014 budget has varying news for global health and research programs

Wednesday, the White House released President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request, which overall has mixed results for global health and research programs.

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The Rally for Medical Research: Protecting investments in tropical medicine and global health science

In this guest post, Karen A. Goraleski, executive director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, writes about the importance of US funding for global health research. This is the third post in a series about this week’s Rally for Medical Research.

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Rally for medical research: Building a grassroots movement to make medical research a higher national priority

In this guest post, Megan Kane, PhD, communications intern, and Morgan McCloskey, global health intern, from Research!America write about a rally earlier this week in support for health science and research.

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Rally ‘round the research

In this guest post, Regina McEnery—science writer for IAVI Report and VAX—writes about a rally held in Washington, DC, on April 8 to call on federal policymakers to support health research. This post originally appeared on the IAVI Report blog.

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Asking the right research questions to achieve global health goals

In this guest post, Kristina Gryboski—technical advisor for the Child Survival and Health Grants Program at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)—writes about the importance of partnerships to advance health research.

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PATH/Richard Franco
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

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

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PATH/Eric Becker
Creating partnerships for innovative, high-impact global health products

For more than 30 years, PATH has been working to advance innovative global health solutions. Partnering is a core part of PATH’s strategy and is fundamental to how we develop and deliver high-impact, cost-effective technologies.

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Budget update: Congress passes budget package for FY2013, while House and Senate introduce starkly different FY2014 budget proposals

Earlier this week, both the House and Senate passed a budget package to fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2013, thereby averting a government shutdown when current funding expires on March 27.

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PATH/Aaron Joel Santos
Film series highlights need for new TB vaccines worldwide

Aeras is excited to share the trailer for a series of short films exposing the underreported global epidemic of TB and the movement for innovation to improve our tools to fight it.

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PATH
GHTC members urge Congress to protect global health research funding

Earlier this week, the GHTC and other global health and international development advocates called on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee to fully fund key programs in the foreign affairs budget.

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Panel stresses partnerships and long-term support for successful global health research

“I can’t think of a reason why academic scientists should not engage in global health research,” Dr. Dennis Kyle, distinguished university health professor at the University of South Florida, said last week at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference.

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PATH/Aaron Joel Santos
Research Roundup: What we’re reading this week

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

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PATH/Eric Becker
Where the rubber hits the road: Evidence informing impact for global health

In this guest post, E. Callie Raulfs-Wang –research advisor for the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact—writes about the relationship between research and evidence when developing and delivering new global health products.

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