The Brexit Impact on Science

July 1st, 2016|Blog|

I don’t normally write about politics, but last week something momentous happened in my home country that intersects with the world of science. It has been a week since the United Kingdom voted in favor of “Brexit” - a surprise result [...]

What’s on Your Summer Science Reading List?

June 28th, 2016|Blog|

What’s on your reading list for this summer? We posed that question to IDRI employees – focused on books related to science or technology – and got some interesting answers. Take a look – you might want to add these [...]

Empowering Developing Countries Through Tech Transfer

June 10th, 2016|Blog|

Here’s a daunting question: what is your proudest work-related accomplishment? When that question was posed to me at a recent Washington Global Health Alliance dinner, several answers came to mind, but I landed on one specific example because it best [...]

From Virtual to Face-to-Face

May 25th, 2016|Blog|

These days scientific collaborations can move along with phone calls and emails, but there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned face-to-face meeting to keep things moving. The American Association of Immunologists annual meeting was in Seattle last weekend (where [...]

Biking for the Health of It

May 11th, 2016|Blog|

Bike Everywhere Month—the new, more ambitious Bike to Work Month—is now under way with IDRI riding along. We’ve kicked off May 2016 with a bike safety seminar and discussion of safe routes, along with a breakfast rally to get us [...]

A Tale of Two Operas…and TB

March 22nd, 2016|Blog|

Tuberculosis (TB) is often seen as a disease of the past. Before the advent of antibiotics, the treatment for TB was bed rest, fresh air and good food – but only if you were lucky enough to afford a sanatorium. [...]

Are We There Yet? The Answer is No.

March 18th, 2016|Blog|

International Women’s Day is here again – March 8, 2016. It is a time to celebrate our progress and reflect on our achievements. However, it is also a time to articulate the large amount of change that is still needed [...]

Leprosy: It’s Still Here

January 8th, 2016|Blog|

Malcolm Duthie, right, visits a home in the Philippines, where leprosy still remains a problem, particularly for younger people. As we near the end of the first month of 2016, it’s hard to believe that a disease [...]

IDRI’s 3rd Annual Gift Guide for Geeks

December 15th, 2015|Blog|

The pressure is on. Shopping days are numbered. Expectations are high. What do you get for your favorite geek on your holiday shopping list??? We asked that question of IDRI employees, who shared their recommendations for their best gift ideas for geeks. What happens when the power goes out and your cell phone dies? Never fear, says Chris Antony. Just make sure you have this hand crank emergency charger on hand. A great stocking stuffer! For the geek who likes to cook, Rob Lin suggests these two great cookbooks that combine science and cooking: The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science and Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks and Good Food. For the geek who likes a nice glass of wine every now and again, Elyse Beebe suggests these beaker wine glasses from the I Love Science Store. From Alyssa Manning: “I suggest My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla. I got it for my geeky Dad last year!” If you have loved ones who want to use technology to monitor their health, Aarthy Vallur recommends the AliveCor Mobile ECG. “It’s a great gift for parents or retirees. I got one for both my Dad and my in-laws and they love it!” […]

Now is the Time: HIV Cure

December 1st, 2015|Blog, HIV/AIDS|

A couple years ago, the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands convened dozens of leaders from science, government, philanthropy and industry at a meeting called the “Summit on Public-Private Partnerships for Research Toward a Cure.” IDRI was honored to be represented at this meeting as we discussed ways to bring HIV to an end. From this meeting the following strong and important consensus statement was agreed upon:  “More than 30 years into the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, scientific and clinical research has taken us to the point where a cure for HIV/AIDS is possible. Driven by the evidence supporting such possibility, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands recently brought together key stakeholders from academia, government, foundations, and industry to discuss what actions could be taken to accelerate efforts towards the goal of a cure for HIV infection. The group concluded that now is the time to work collectively and aggressively to reach this goal with the ultimate objective of making a cure available to every person in need, wherever they happen to live in the world. Although effective antiviral therapies exist that can control HIV infection, curing HIV/AIDS — eradicating the virus from infected individuals or eliminating the need for lifelong antiviral therapy — will require an extraordinary, collaborative global effort, backed by strong and sustained political and industrial leadership. We believe that developing a cure for HIV is one of the most important biomedical challenges of the 21st century. It is clear that the task is too large and too complex for any one laboratory, company, or country to undertake in isolation. […]

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