Lecture: Investing in global infectious disease research – strengths, weaknesses and what should we do next?

  • Tuesday 13 November 2012
  • 6.30 - 8.30 pm
  • Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE
  • Chaired by Professor David Heymann
  • For more details, including how to register, please visit the Royal Society of Medicine website

Infectious diseases cause a very high burden of largely avoidable morbidity and mortality globally, and place significant strain on limited health budgets, the health systems and economies of affected countries. Since infections do not recognise borders, investments in R&D for infectious diseases will produce global public goods that have a positive impact both locally and globally regardless of the site of the work or the location of the institution receiving an award, bringing substantial health, social and economic benefit.

We present the first in-depth analysis of the UK contribution to infectious disease research, totalling £2.6 billion and including over 6000 studies. This includes data from all the major funders of infectious disease research. What proportion of the spend has gone into pre-clinical research compared to operational research? How much focus has the UK given to tuberculosis compared to HIV? And how much malaria funding is there compared to neglected tropical diseases? And who is doing the research? We discuss these critical issues and invite comment on future direction.

A panel discussion will follow the lecture.  Panellists include

  • Rifat Atun (Professor of International Health Management, Imperial College Business School)
  • Richard Smith (Professor of Health System Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

A reception will take place after the panel discussion.

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