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Research Roundup: Contraceptive jewelry may be new family planning option, microneedle technology receives green light, and aspirin to fight TB

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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Global health research in Maryland: Health is wealth

Maryland is home to two federal health powerhouses, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest medical research institute. Together, they employ 25,000 people.

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Innovation: The key to fighting HIV/AIDS

Nick Taylor is the program assistant at the GHTC. On Wednesday, he attended a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Wednesday’s briefing—co-hosted by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Center for Global Health Policy at the Infectious Diseases Society of America —convened several HIV physicians and scientists to discuss PEPFAR and the evidence-based HIV prevention methods that the program implements in countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS.

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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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Global health R&D in the US: Georgia at the crossroads

Is Atlanta the next Seattle or Geneva? With continued federal investment, the global health community may soon be talking about Atlanta, Georgia, as one of the new global health capitals of the world.

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Ending NTDs by 2020: Increased investment for R&D required

Yesterday in London, some of the biggest players in global health committed to a renewed and intensified focus on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of diseases affecting the world’s poorest people. One in six people, or 1.4 billion people around the world, has an NTD and one in three people is at risk.

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President Obama emphasizes innovation and research in State of the Union

Ashley Bennett, senior policy associate at the GHTC, offered her take on President Obama’s State of the Union address, including his emphasis on research and innovation, after listening to him deliver the speech earlier this week.

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Global health R&D in the US: Smart for California, right for the world

Global health research not only has the potential to save lives and prevent disabilities, it is good business. And Californians agree. A clear majority—58%—agree that global health research is important to the state’s economy, and 70% agree that Americans would be better off if the United States invests in global health research.

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Research Roundup: What we're reading this week

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

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HHS releases first-ever global health strategy

Ashley Bennett, senior policy associate at the GHTC, recently attended a briefing held at Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), during which the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its first-ever global health strategy.

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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/Patrick McKern
Research Roundup: What we're reading this week

Welcome to the first Research Roundup post. In this regular feature, we’ll highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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Top 10 2011 policy breakthroughs in global health R&D

2011 was a year full of exciting advances in global health research and development, complicated by a volatile budget climate.

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Photos show "moving circle" of research breakthroughs

Emily Halnon is the Communications Associate at GHTC. Below is her reaction to a photo reception documenting programs in Kenya that GHTC hosted last week.

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GHTC Photo Reception Highlights Research Breakthroughs in Kenya

In countries like Kenya, some of the most incredible global health research is taking place to develop new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other health products. In addition, previous research has lead to the roll-out of lifesaving health tools such as HIV/AIDS drugs, vaccines to protect children from pneumonia, and insecticide-treated bednets to prevent malaria.

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IPM receives USAID award to advance dual-purpose prevention ring for women

Luann Tia Blount is the Clinical Communications Officer for GHTC member the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a nonprofit product development partnership dedicated to developing new HIV prevention technologies and making them available to women in developing countries. This post discusses novel approaches to HIV prevention, namely an adapted medical technology used to deliver hormones to women—the vaginal ring.

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New report shows a decline in funding for neglected disease R&D

Earlier today, the fourth annual G-FINDER report was released. This resource, developed by Policy Cures, is the only one of its kind that maps the global level of investment in developing new vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other tools that address 31 neglected diseases. This year’s report studies funding levels and trends in 2010.

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RV144 and the future of an HIV vaccine

Kevin Fisher is the Policy Director for GHTC member AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, an organization that focuses on accelerating the development and delivery of critical AIDS vaccines and HIV treatment and prevention tools. AVAC and partners are hosting a congressional briefing this week to discuss promising results from a Military HIV Research Program’s (MHRP)-sponsored trial to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

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‘Make no mistake, we are going to win this fight’

Yesterday, at an event hosted by ONE and (RED) to commemorate World AIDS Day, President Obama declared the beginning of the end of AIDS: “Today is a remarkable day. Today, we come together, as a global community, across continents, faiths and cultures, to renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic –once and for all.”

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Building developing country capacity is key in the battle against HIV/AIDS

As we commemorate World AIDS Day 2011, I am both encouraged by the recent discoveries that are improving and prolonging lives and reminded of the challenges that remain in our battle to defeat this terrible disease.

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Leading with science, we can end the AIDS pandemic

December 1 marks the commemoration of World AIDS Day—a day to reflect on an epidemic that has affected millions of lives worldwide for three decades now and how far we’ve come towards an end. This year’s focus and theme is a right on target: “Leading with Science, United for Action.”

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