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Global health news briefs - June 2021

May / June 2021 | Volume 20 Number 3

NCI issues plan for global health research

The NIH’s National Cancer Institute has released the five-year plan for activities of its Center for Global Health. Areas of scientific focus include new technologies, implementation science, cancer health disparities, clinical trials and cancer etiology. Each area requires CGH to leverage expertise and resources from across NCI.

WHO develops research guidance

The WHO has announced new guidance for research on genetically modified mosquitoes, addressing issues relating to ethics, safety, affordability and effectiveness. The recommendations were developed with TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and GeneConvene, an initiative of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Scientists create virus database

Researchers who study pathogens that travel from animals to humans have created a database of nearly 1,000 viruses in preparation for the next pandemic. SpillOver is an open-source tool designed to rank viruses based on their risk of spreading to people.

GACD launches case study collection

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases has posted online a group of case studies relevant to different stages of implementation research of noncommunicable disease prevention and control policies, programs and strategies. The project examples include situational analyses, implementation research activities, scale-up guidance and economic evaluation.

2020 G-FINDER report on R&D released

The latest data on global investments in neglected disease research and development have been released in the annual G-FINDER report. The 2020 study’s trend analysis includes the impact of COVID-19-related changes in survey participation.

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