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Emily Conron
Faces of Innovation: Dr. Peter Hotez, researcher at Baylor College of Medicine

Faces of Innovation—a new GHTC project that features scientists on the front lines of research and development on new global health tools and technologies—profiles Dr. Peter Hotez, who we met at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Conference, who does research to develop vaccines for neglected tropical diseases as professor and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 

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WHO's doing WHA for the 69th time next week!

This coming week the “who’s who” of the global health community (as well as some much more modest global health advocates such as your humble author) will make the annual trek to Geneva, Switzerland, for the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA), where World Health Organization (WHO) member states will collectively decide WHO’s plans for the coming year.

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PATH/Glenn Austin
Research Roundup: New insights into Zika virus, using silk to preserve blood samples, and a single dose oral cholera vaccine

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/Jan Jacobs
Research Roundup: a rapid diagnostic for Ebola and fighting mosquito-borne diseases with soap and coconuts

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/Doune Porter
Research Roundup: Yellow fever vaccine availability, protective antibodies against HIV, and the impact of past dengue infection on Zika fever

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/Lesley Reed
Incentives and innovative financing mechanisms matter in addressing market failures

When existing market forces alone fall short in ensuring availability of and access to lifesaving health tools, a range of interventions are needed to alter the market and ultimately change the behavior of its actors.

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GHTC/Marissa Chmiola
GHTC briefing highlights critical role of US government in advancing global health innovation in an increasingly globalized world

On Tuesday, GHTC launched our seventh annual policy report through a congressional briefing and panel discussion. The critical role played by the US government in catalyzing global health research and development was a recurring theme, as panelists discussed the interconnectedness of global and American health and emphasized the need for new health tools to protect against outbreaks and continue progress.

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Research Roundup: an affordable hepatitis C regimen, rapid diagnostics for neglected diseases, and fighting Zika with tires and milk

GHTC member the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative will test an affordable hepatitis C regimen in Malaysia and Thailand, with a guarantee from generic drug manufacturer Pharco Pharmaceuticals that, if successful, the product will be priced at no more than US$294 for the entire regimen.

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Funding by crisis is no cure for global health threats

The Zika virus outbreak reinforces the need for US policymakers to stop funding by crisis and commit to sustainable, long-term investment in global health R&D.

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Research Roundup: legislation to expedite antibiotic R&D, a graduated approach to drug patents, and more

Scientists have described the first “teenage” broadly neutralizing antibody—an early stage version of the molecule, before developing the traits that make it effective against manifold HIV strains.

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President will redirect Ebola funds for Zika, but where is the money from and where will it go?

The Administration announced that it will transfer nearly $600 million in remaining Ebola funds to fight the growing threat of Zika virus. But many questions remain. Where is the money going? What accounts is it coming from? And what does this mean for the Global Health Security Agenda?

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