GloPID-R scientists present their work at the International Pandemic Sciences Conference in Oxford

On July 10 and 11, scientists from the GloPID-R Research & Policy team presented their research projects during the inaugural International Pandemic Sciences Conference 2023 organized by Oxford’s Pandemic Sciences Institute (PSI). The GloPID-R Research & Policy Team is hosted within the Policy and Practice Research Group at the PSI.

Key contributions from the GloPID-R Research and Policy Team

“Funding for Africa’s COVID-19 Research response: what lessons can be learnt?” was presented in a poster by Emilia Antonio on her DPhil work at Oxford. Isabel Foster spoke on “How funders can work together to globally coordinate clinical trial responses to outbreaks: a roadmap for policy alignment,” describing the development of the GloPID-R Funders Living Roadmap for Clinical Trial Coordination. The Roadmap represents a key step to facilitate coordination of effective and equitable trial responses in support of World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution 75.8 on strengthening clinical trials.
Alice Norton, Head of the GloPID-R Research & Policy Team, gave a presentation about the lessons of the COVID CIRCLE initiative, established in 2020 to support research funders making evidence-informed decisions during the pandemic. COVID CIRCLE provides an excellent illustration of the power of tracking research activity at the point of funding, work that Alice and her team are continuing today with Pandemic PACT.

Commentary published in The Lancet

Shortly before the PSI conference, the GloPID-R Clinical Trial Network and Funders (CTN&F) Working Group published a commentary in The Lancet entitled “How funders can support improved clinical trial practice for outbreaks.”  Since it became available in May 2023, the GloPID-R Funders Living Roadmap has been increasingly recognized by funding organizations as a valuable tool to facilitate implementation of WHA Resolution 75.8 to improve research quality and coordination.

The PSI inaugural conference at Oxford

“Making the Exceptional Routine,” the subtitle of the PSI conference, highlighted the need to facilitate practical solutions to epidemic and pandemic threats worldwide. The GloPID-R scientists’ research contributes to making progress towards this goal to help ensure the world is better prepared for future pandemics.

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The GloPID-R Secretariat is a project which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101094188.