The Global Health Biotech

What Can We Do to End TB?

March 22nd, 2019|Blog|

As we observe World TB Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds us of the commitment made with the “End TB" strategy: to reduce tuberculosis incidence by 80%, tuberculosis deaths by 90% and to eliminate catastrophic costs that [...]

Observe World Leprosy Day for a Different Reason

January 25th, 2019|Blog|

Despite the successes of multidrug therapy for improved treatment of patients and the advancement of chemoprophylactic regimen to contain infection in earlier stages within asymptomatic infected individuals, transmission of M. leprae – the bacterium that causes leprosy - continues and [...]

Need a Gift for Your Favorite Geek?

December 10th, 2018|Blog|

Yikes! The holiday season is upon us and so is the pressure to find that perfect gift for the geek on your list. Once again, IDRI scientists have stepped into the fray to help fill your list with great suggestions. [...]

Pioneering Women Offer Great Reads

November 21st, 2018|Blog|

The global health community in Washington state is filled with women who serve in all sorts of roles – from leading companies to leading labs to leading the administrative services that support research. There is a particular group of women, the [...]

Merck Fellows Help IDRI Learn New Skills

October 30th, 2018|Blog|

I am sitting in Heathrow airport waiting for my next flight to Cape Town (another work trip). The last time I made the journey to South Africa, I was on my way to meet three fellows joining us from Merck [...]

TB Vaccine Success Underscores Need to Continue Development

September 27th, 2018|Blog|

Scientists at IDRI played an early role in a new TB vaccine, developed by GSK,  that showed promising results in a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The patent application for the vaccine lists our own Rhea Coler [...]

Reporting on Another “L” Disease

June 13th, 2018|Blog|

When I write, it's often about leprosy, but there's another "L" disease that deserves attention: leishmaniaisis, caused by the bite of a sandfly. Like leprosy, it's categorized by the World Health Organization as a neglected tropical disease or NTD. Together, the [...]

Time for Summer (Science) Reading!

May 22nd, 2018|Blog|

With Memorial Day here, summer is just around the corner. It’s time to kick back, enjoy the sunbreaks and read! We polled IDRI to see what people are reading (and what they’d recommend) from the science perspective. Chris Fox recommends “The [...]

The World’s Most Dangerous Creature

April 25th, 2018|Blog|

When asked about the deadliest creatures in the world, thoughts often turn to sharks, snakes or even lions. But the list is topped by a tiny, buzzing insect that packs a powerful punch: the mosquito, which transmits parasites that cause [...]

Dan Stinchcomb: The Passing of a Global Health Leader

March 14th, 2018|Blog|

The world lost a tremendous advocate for global health with the passing of Dan Stinchcomb, PhD, IDRI’s Chief Scientific Officer, who died Feb. 21 after a brief illness. In a short time, he made a tremendous impact on IDRI’s work [...]

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