GloPID-R News & Events Round-Up
Welcome to the first issue of our News & Events Round-Up. This selection of recent news items is designed to keep you up to date about what’s been happening with GloPID-R and our partner organizations. The Comms Team will produce these brief updates regularly as we continue to publish our quarterly Newsletter to bring you more in-depth news and features.
GloPID-R Member Focus: South Korea in the spotlight
We spoke to Dr. Choong-Min Ryu and his assistant researcher Jieun Lee to learn more about KRIBB (Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology), which represents the National Research Foundation in South Korea, a member of GloPID-R. He shared fascinating insights about what makes the Asia-Pacific region unique when it comes to infectious diseases as well as his ambitions for cooperation across the region, including with LMICs, under the umbrella of GloPID-R.
ISARIC COVID-19 clinical database includes over 1/2 million patient records
As the largest international individual patient dataset of COVID-19 hospitalized cases, the ISARIC Clinical Data Platform now contains data from more than half a million hospitalized patients from 788 institutions in 63 countries. ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
UKCDR and GloPID-R Research Project Tracker celebrates a very successful first year
Heralded as “instrumental,” this living mapping review of funded projects continues to serve as a vital resource to funders. It is one of the most comprehensive resources on COVID-19 research funding globally, with over 11,397 funded research projects from more than 227 different research funders in 142 different countries, representing an investment of at least $4.8 billion (as of 2 July 2021).
From Australia to France, far-reaching cooperation among our members helps advance infectious disease research
Professor Sharon Lewin of the University of Melbourne has been appointed President of the Scientific Advisory Board of the new infectious diseases research agency in France, ANRS | Emerging Infectious Diseases. The ANRS is an agency of INSERM, which is a founding member of GloPID-R. We learn this and much more in the latest newsletter from the APPRISE Centre of Research Excellence. APPRISE is a partnership funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, a GloPID-R member.
GloPID-R observer CEPI launches COVAX Marketplace to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines
In mid-July 2021, CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) and Partners in COVAX launched the COVAX Marketplace. The purpose of this platform is to speed up the global production of COVID-19 vaccine doses for COVAX by matching existing suppliers of critical inputs with vaccine manufacturers who urgently need them to produce vaccines for fair and equitable distribution.
Listen to the podcast “Global Health Matters”
Dr Garry Aslanyan, Coordinator of ESSENCE, hosts a podcast called “Global Health Matters” to explore how innovative and inspiring research contributes to achieving health for all. GloPID-R recently welcomed ESSENCE as a new observer, and we have also become an observer of ESSENCE. With his invited guests, Dr. Aslanyan discusses topics such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research, promoting women in global health leadership, and much more, with a particular focus on global health research in low- and middle-income countries.
Global Health Matters: the podcast
The voice of GloPID-R: our representatives speak at webinars about COVID-19
Professor Charu Kaushic, Scientific Director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Chair of GloPID-R, spoke during the WHO webinar “Expanding our understanding of the Post COVID-19 condition: Towards a Clinical Case Definition” on 15 June 2021. This webinar to improve the understanding of the Post COVID-19 condition was the second in a series, following one held on February 9, 2021.
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Professor Charles Shey Wiysonge, Director of Cochrane South Africa & GloPID-R Vice Chair, spoke on 17 June 2021 at the DNDi / COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition meeting entitled “Addressing Neglected COVID-19 research priorities in low resource settings”. DNDi / COVID-19 CRC convened this meeting of its expert working groups with key funders to provide an opportunity for the members of the coalition to inform funders about the projects being developed and to create a forum to discuss how priority research can be facilitated in resource-limited settings. Summing up the meeting, Prof. Wiysonge applauded the coalition for their varied and multi-country set of working groups focused on research gaps in their respective regions.
Jeremy Geelen, Senior Advisor at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Chair of the GloPID-R Data Sharing Working Group, took part in a webinar organized by the Global Health Network, TDR and the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition. Held on 14 July 2021, the webinar was designed for people involved in COVID-19 research to discuss ways of sharing data that are fair, ethical and equitable.