Global health briefs

May / June 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 3

NIH program aids early career scientists

The NIH has launched the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, intended to increase support for early- and mid-career investigators. About $210 million will be awarded this year, with a goal of $1.1 billion per year after five years, to fund additional meritorious early-stage investigators and support mid-career scientists who are about to lose all NIH funding.

R&D resource library goes online

The Global Health Technologies Coalition has produced a web portal, the R&D Resource Library, which provides a collection of more than 200 items on global health research and development that can be searched and filtered by resource type, health area or R&D topic.

Comic books created to promote genomics

Four freely available comic books have been created to promote understanding of heredity, genes and health in Africa. Available online in eight languages, the Genome Adventures series provides information through tales about super heroes. The books were produced with funding from NIH and Wellcome Trust.

  • Download Genome Adventures Comics in English, Setswana, Swahili, Luganda, Arabic, Hausa, French or Portuguese from the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence.

NASEM reports on future of global health

"Global Health and the Future Role of the United States” is the title of a report produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide advice to the new administration. Recommendations include increasing responsiveness, coordination and efficiency in addressing health threats.

IHME releases global health financing data

In addition to describing development assistance trends, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s new “Financing Global Health 2016: Development Assistance, Public and Private Health Spending for the Pursuit of Universal Health Coverage” report also discusses domestic spending and identifies health financing gaps.

Research critical for epidemic response

Building capacity for research should be part of health systems strengthening so that clinical research is embedded within systems, according to a report examining the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a committee to analyze clinical trials conducted during the epidemic and produce a report with recommendations.

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