Thursday, 21 March 2013

TDR update

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New impact grants
Flexible, short term grants
Submission deadline 12 May.
If you’re a researcher or health professional who wants to improve specific skills or develop in a particular area to make sure your work has impact on local health needs, TDR has new grant opportunities that could help you. These grants have been designed to address specific research capacity or knowledge aspects in low- or middle-income countries, and are flexible to meet grantee needs. MORE >
Latest science news
Improving fever management
Fever management is an important issue crossing diseases and research areas. Fever is one of the key symptoms of malaria, but it can also signify pneumonia and other illnesses. WHO’s Global Malaria Programme and TDR are bringing together experts to identify research that can improve the management of fever.MORE >


Comments on The Guidance Framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes under review

The response to the online survey for comments on The Guidance Framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes has been strong. Many valuable comments were received, and all opinions are being reviewed and considered by the production team prior to finalizing the document. MORE >
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Increased support for the development of needed TB diagnostic tests
FIND, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, and TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases, have joined forces to increase access to clinical reference materials needed in the development of diagnostics for tuberculosis (TB). Currently, there are no point-of-care tests recommended for use by the World Health Organization. As a result, TB often goes undiagnosed in people who do not have easy or close access to health care facilities, leading to untreated cases and avoidable deaths.  MORE >


A call for closer ties to communities
Former TDR Director Adetokunbo Lucas has called for broader partnerships to control Nigeria’s major infectious diseases. In an editorial in that country’s Vanguard newspaper, he highlighted the progress made in that country’s major infectious diseases - lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis (river blindness) and schistosomiasis - and the challenges still ahead. MORE >

From TDR
More scientific articles published from low- and middle-income countries
·         TDR has marked a major capacity strengthening milestone 3 years ahead of schedule. The percentage of research articles in 2012 acknowledging TDR support with first authors from a developing country reached the 2015 target of 65%. TDR tracks this as one of its key performance indicators because a first author is normally the lead person on the research, so this signifies a growing research capacity in low- and middle-income countries. MORE >
TDR’s scientific priorities for 2014/15 approved
TDR’s scientific plans through 2015 have been approved by its Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) at its annual meeting that concluded today. The work, which will come out of a US$ 60 million budget covering the years 2014 and 2015, is focused on building research capacity and funding research that will get more treatments to people in poor and remote areas.
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