Partnership is at the very heart of effective action, and TDR is fortunate to have valuable partnerships, both new and old – we have new agreements to expand training, we have launched a highly praised implementation research toolkit, and we have just finished our annual 36th Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee meeting with many new members with great ideas to keep us fresh and active.
A TDR alumni profileWhen Mario Grijalva left his native Ecuador for graduate studies in the US, he had never heard of a disease called Chagas. Neither had most of the rural populations who lived with and died of the disease, the physicians who mistook its symptoms for cardiac problems, nor politicians. Grijalva, who had returned to study Chagas, had his work cut out for him.
This year’s World Health Day is on the vectors that carry diseases, and TDR has exciting research that is identifying how to reduce the transmission of two major killers – dengue and Chagas disease. The work is taking place in 7 Latin American countries using an environmental and community approach.
An extensive toolkit developed by TDR has been published on how to conduct implementation research. A panel of researchers, policy-makers and funders launched the publication, which is designed to help identify system bottlenecks and the stakeholders to be involved, formulate appropriate research questions, conduct the research and develop a plan for implementing the study results.
Submission deadline: 30 May 2014
7 April 2014
The Gairdner Global Health award has been given to Satoshi Omura for his role in the discovery and development of ivermectin. The Canadian award was made for the discovery of the microorganism Streptomyces avermitilis and its biologic activity that led to the development of ivermectin, a highly successful treatment for many parasitic diseases, and which helped control onchocerciasis for millions of Africans and has allowed the Americas to pursue the elimination of the disease.
4 April 2014
An opinion piece on the possibilities of what a global R&D observatory could provide has been published in Scidev.net by TDR’s manager of knowledge management Rob Terry. He writes about the complex challenges and the opportunities – to see in one place the types of research taking place, their stage of progress, funding levels and locations.
3 April 2014
An agreement has been signed to house the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) in the offices of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The agreement paves the way for the continued implementation of ANDI activities in Africa, including establishment of the secretariat, five regional hubs, pan African centres of excellence in health innovation, and a portfolio of projects linked to capacity development across the continent.