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Science. 2014 Sep 12;345(6202):1302-4. doi: 10.1126/science.1258737. Epub 2014 Sep 11.

Creating a global observatory for health R&D.

Author information

1
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. terryr@who.int.
2
Stela Institute, Center for Management and Socioeconomic Science (ESAG), Santa Catarina State University, Florianópolis, Brazil.
3
Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products, Public Health, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Trade, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
4
Office of the Director General, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract

A global map of health R&D activity would improve the coordination of research and help to match limited resources with public health priorities, such as combating antimicrobial resistance. The challenges of R&D mapping are large because there are few standards for research classification and governance and limited capacity to report on R&D data, especially in low-income countries. Nevertheless, based on developments in semantic classification, and with better reporting of funded research though the Internet, it is now becoming feasible to create a global observatory for health R&D.

PMID:
25214621
DOI:
10.1126/science.1258737
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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