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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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Microbicides, vaccines, and TB diagnostics Oh my! What’s new in HIV/AIDS research?

In this guest post, Molly Schmalzbach—public affairs analyst in the Office of HIV/AIDS at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)—discusses the agency’s support for research to develop new HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) products.

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PATH/Evelyn Hockstein
Global health research and development: Advancing women’s right to health

On this day honoring the political, social, and economic contributions women have made worldwide, nearly 2,000 women will die of AIDS and 790 will perish in pregnancy or childbirth. If we wish to truly advance the health and rights of women globally, we must give them the tools they need to protect their own health.

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New details emerging about sequestration that indicate an uncertain future for global health R&D

Although we’re several days into sequestration, details about the full impact of funding cuts are still hazy. On Friday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report to Congress, which details funding cuts required to offset $85 billion in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget.

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Investing in the future: GHTC congressional briefing highlights compelling benefits of global health research

“I’d be careful not to break something that would be hard to put back together,” Alan Magill—director of Malaria at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—said this week at the GHTC’s annual congressional briefing.

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Architect of the Capitol
GHTC 2013 report: Clear steps for policymakers to renew the US legacy in global health R&D

We have long known that Washington is operating under a remarkably unorthodox budgetary process.

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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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A chorus of voices across the government calls for a solution to sequestration

During last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on policymakers to find a solution to the federal budget debate before sequestration—or widespread and indiscriminate cuts to all federal programs—takes place next month.

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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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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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Obama begins second term with new faces, changing leadership in key global health positions

President Obama officially began his second term in office this week, and will have a host of new faces to work with in Congress and his own administration.

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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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Halting the fiscal cliff: How will the latest budget negotiations impact global health and development?

Going into December 2012, Congress had neither completed its work on the federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2013 nor decided how to avoid sequestration—widespread and indiscriminate cuts to all federal programs.

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PATH/Patrick McKern
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
FDA approval of new TB drug benefits patients and highlights the agency’s lifesaving programs

The New Year has brought some much-needed good news in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has approved a new treatment for multidrug-resistant TB that can be used as an alternative when other drugs fail.

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PATH/Gabe Bienczycki
Funding for global health R&D: good news and bad

Sometimes the best news is no news at all. That’s one of the thoughts that struck me while pondering the results of the latest G-FINDER survey on global funding of R&D for neglected diseases.

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PATH/Doune Porter
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/Francesca Holme
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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CDC/ Prof. Woodbridge Foster; Prof. Frank H. Collins
Changing our definition of neglected diseases: Is it time to think beyond traditional terms?

Depending on who you ask, you’ll come up with a number of different definitions for what exactly characterizes a neglected disease, as there’s no generally accepted definition.

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Reaching an AIDS-free generation: Why research and new tools must be part of the solution

Ahead of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new State Department blueprint to reach an “AIDS-free generation” within five years.

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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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