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Marissa Chmiola
Faces of Innovation: Dr. Mark Kortepeter, researcher at University of Nebraska

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. Mark Kortepeter, who we met at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Conference, who does research on emerging infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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The R&D agenda and how it addresses access to vaccines

In this guest post, Dr. Jayasree K. Iyer—Chief Scientific Officer at the Access to Medicine Foundation—writes about the findings from their newest study, which examines the current state of the vaccine pipeline and how large pharmaceutical companies are considering access to these products.

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CDC/Dr. Scott Smith
Research Roundup: an HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate, inflatable incubator for premature babies, and US government R&D

Dr. Robert Gallo co-discovered the HIV virus and subsequently led the development of the first HIV/AIDS blood test.

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Tackling hidden hunger through innovation

When most people think of hunger, they think of a lack of food—a nation suffering from crop failure and famine, or a family that can’t afford to put enough food on the table.

GHTC
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CDC
Research Roundup: TB R&D, malaria in pregnancy, and treatments for filarial diseases

A new briefing paper from the Infectious Diseases Society of America Center for Global Health Policy explores the state of tuberculosis (TB) research and development (R&D) including challenges for products currently in the pipeline and gaps in TB research.

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Why we need research to detect, prevent, and ultimately, eliminate parasitic diseases

In this guest post, Dr. Monica Parise—deputy director for program and science—and Dr. Larry Slutsker—director of the Division of Parasitic Disease and Malaria—at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Global Health—discuss the role of research in advancing efforts to detect, prevent, and eliminate parasitic diseases.

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Research Roundup: genetic protection against malaria, the vaccine pipeline, and counterfeit drugs and the FDA

A new study conducted by the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN)—a community of researchers across malaria-endemic regions—reveals a formerly unknown genetic variations that make people less susceptible to malaria.

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PATH/Evelyn Hockstin
Research Roundup: a promising Ebola treatment, access to drugs for NCDs, a new approach to treating a deadly bacterium, and the perception of breakthrough drugs

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with New York–based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the development of an Ebola treatment.

GHTC
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PATH/James Gathaney
Research Roundup: antibiotic and reproductive health R&D, leadership at the FDA, and a potential new strain of dengue fever.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week a partnership with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the research and development (R&D) of antibiotics.

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PATH/Patrick McKern
Female condoms: the feel and shape of things to come

Take a stroll through any pharmacy and you’ll see shelves stacked with male condoms of many varieties, but look for a female condom and you aren't likely to find one for sale.

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Advocacy and partnerships for HIV/AIDS prevention for women: A post from Durban, South Africa

Sitting halfway around the world from my office in Washington, DC, looking out my Durban hotel window at the Indian Ocean, I am reminded just how small and interconnected our world really is.

GHTC
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