Latest news from TDR Director, John Reeder

We have a lot of news to share this month – from the Joint Coordinating Board applauding the past year’s progress in clearly moving forward into strong financial and programmic shape, to several in-depth views of capacity building, news on community-based approaches to reduce dengue transmission, and numerous publications. So excuse the slightly longer than usual letter, but I want to make sure that you are feeling the buzz of activity around the organization.

Celebrating the role of research to control major diseases

Eliminating visceral leishmaniasis and river blindness were just two examples profiled during the World Health Assembly and the celebration of the role of research in controlling serious diseases that affect people living in poor countries. It was 40 years ago at this annual event that government representatives of Member States agreed to create a programme like TDR.

A woman scientist’s long journey from Somalia to WHO

Few scientists, men or women, have overcome the odds Dr Marian Warsame faced as a young girl growing up in Somalia. The eldest of ten children, Marian learned from an early age that to get ahead as a girl, she would have to study hard. And that she did, always excelling in school and finishing at the top of her class.

Call to all TDR former grantees

We are looking for fellows who have been supported by TDR since 2000 to be part of a pilot study tracking career pathways of former grantees. We want to know the kind of impact that TDR training or research support has had on your career, which will help us and other funding organizations better support researchers.

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Improving the careers of women research scientists in infectious diseases of poverty

Submission deadline: 30 September 2014

Latest news

  • 26 June 2014

    TDR board cites successful financial recovery

    TDR’s Joint Coordinating Board met this week endorsed financial and programmatic reports covering 2013 that document the successful transition back to a stable, well-functioning programme. TDR ended the biennium with a positive balance and a leaner and more cost effective structure.

  • 26 June 2014

    A 40 year old tree – a story of capacity building in Colombia

    TDR support that began in Colombia in the 1970s and had a ripple effect throughout Latin America was movingly presented by Dr Juliana Quintero at the 37th session of the Joint Coordinating Board this week. Dr Quintero is a co-investigator of a research project in Colombia investigating community and environmental approaches to reducing the aedes mosquito that carries dengue.

  • 26 June 2014

    New guidance for strengthening research capacity

    A good practice document designed to provide broad guidance on how to strengthen research capacity has been published by the ESSENCE on health research initiative. The publication can help development agency officers and research leaders shape programme goals and implementation plans in a simple and effective way.


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TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.