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Global health briefs - January 2017
January / February 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 1
Workshop details Ebola research agenda
Research is needed to answer questions about Ebola transmission, how to improve diagnosis, properly contain the ill and develop an effective vaccine, according to participants of a recent workshop organized by the Forum on Microbial Threats. The meeting report was published by the National Academy of Medicine.
WHO says malaria control better in Africa
Children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control measures than five years ago, according to the WHO’s latest global malaria report. However, funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress.
Human subject research guidelines revised
A new version of ethical guidelines for health-related research involving human subjects has been released by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences. The guidelines pay particular attention to research in low- and middle-income countries.
CDC reviews 50 years of immunization
The CDC has published an article to mark the 50th anniversary of the agency’s global leadership in immunization, describing its involvement in smallpox eradication and efforts to eliminate polio, measles and rubella.
Global goals for translational research
Translational science is a global effort, according to the new strategic plan released by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The Center pledges to incorporate an international perspective in development of core competencies, as well as to form global partnerships that leverage complementary capacities and accelerate progress.
New NIH plan for behavioral, social sciences
While it’s widely accepted that behavioral and social factors cause numerous premature deaths, understanding how those factors interact with biology and can be modified requires a robust and rigorous research agenda, according to the new strategic plan released by the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.
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