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1 December 2017

Ethiopia and Angola join the EDCTP Association

EDCTP is pleased to welcome Ethiopia and Angola as member countries of the EDCTP Association. The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health will be represented in the EDCTP General Assembly by Dr Taye Tolera Balcha (Director General, Armauer Hansen Research Institute)…

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1 December 2017

World AIDS Day 2017: EDCTP invests in clinical research to support health for all

Significant gains have been made in tackling the HIV epidemic: deaths from AIDS-related causes declined by 48% between 2005 and 2016, with the sharpest decline recorded in eastern and southern Africa. However, the decline in new infections is not rapid…

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29 November 2017

EDCTP Network of Excellence for Southern Africa launched

The EDCTP Regional Network of Excellence for Southern Africa—Trials of Excellence for Southern Africa (TESAII)—was launched in Maputo, Mozambique on 30–31 October 2017. EDCTP is investing almost €3 million in the Mozambique-based consortium, which is coordinated by Dr Eusebio Macete…

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15 November 2017

EU action against antimicrobial resistance: EDCTP’s contribution

Antimicrobial resistance and improper use of antibiotics are a potential global threat to healthcare. During the European Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017, many parties involved seek to widen public knowledge of this threat and the actions that are needed.

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3 November 2017

GSK and EDCTP launch joint call for Senior Fellowship proposals

In response to the growing challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa, GSK and EDCTP will launch a joint call for proposals for Senior Fellowships in the area of co-morbidities of NCDs and poverty-related infectious diseases (PRDs) on 3 November…

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1 November 2017

Vacancy: Project Officer for The Hague Office

We are looking for a Project Officer to be based at the EDCTP office in The Hague. The Project Officer will be a member of the Calls and Grants team and will be responsible for the management and development of…

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18 October 2017

EDCTP requests proposals for conference management services

EDCTP is soliciting proposals from conference management companies for the provision of services for the Ninth EDCTP Forum to be held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal during the week of 17-21 September 2018.

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9 October 2017

EDCTP joins forces with WHO AFRO and TDR to fund implementation research

A new partnership has been formed between EDCTP (representing its members namely the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)), TDR (the Special Programme for Research…

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2 October 2017

Call for participants: Workshop in Portuguese on EDCTP grant proposal writing

EDCTP is calling for applications from researchers interested in participating in a workshop on EDCTP Calls for Proposals and grant proposal writing. The workshop will be conducted in Portuguese and aims at Portuguese-speaking scientists from sub-Saharan Africa in early stages…

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20 September 2017

Nigeria becomes 29th member of EDCTP

EDCTP is pleased to welcome Nigeria as its 29th member country.  As a member of the EDCTP Association, it will be represented in the EDCTP General Assembly by Dr Akin Oyemakinde (Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry…

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15 September 2017

Save the date! 17-21 September 2018: Ninth EDCTP Forum

EDCTP’s ninth biennial forum will be held in Lisbon, Portugal between 17 and 21 September 2018. The conference will be hosted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and take place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The theme of…

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22 August 2017

Workshop to launch EDCTP Alumni Network in October

Since its inception, EDCTP has invested in support for individual researchers at different stages of their careers through an evolving set of graduate and post-doctoral fellowship opportunities. During the first EDCTP programme, this commitment supported 56 Fellows, and in the…

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2 August 2017

Independent observer assesses Scientific Review Committee meetings

To ensure the integrity of its evaluation procedures and to find ways to improve quality, efficiency and transparency, EDCTP recently enlisted the assistance of independent experts to observe and critically examine its peer review evaluation process. The assessment encompasses the…

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21 July 2017

EC Call for Tender: burden of diseases preventable by maternal immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa

The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation issued a call for tender on 14 July 2017 on the topic of vaccine-preventable disease in maternal and child health.

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6 July 2017

2017 calls for proposals

EDCTP is launching 11 calls for proposals in 2017 to support clinical research and capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa. These calls represent a total investment of more than € 156.5M to tackle poverty-related diseases (PRDs), including neglected ones.

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28 June 2017

Botswana launch of AMBITION-cm project on HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis

Almost twenty per cent of HIV-related deaths are directly attributable to cryptococcal meningitis (CM). The AMBITION-cm project was developed to evaluate a new treatment course in a phase III clinical trial. In January 2017, the EDCTP grant agreement for the…

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19 June 2017

Professor Alimuddin Zumla honoured for services to public health

Professor Alimuddin Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London was honoured in the United Kingdom for services to public health and protection from infectious disease with a Knighthood (KBE) in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2017…

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19 June 2017

Mundo Sano joins forces with EDCTP to fund research on neglected infectious diseases

On 16 June 2017, the Mundo Sano Foundation and the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) created a partnership to leverage research funding for neglected infectious diseases (NIDs). They agreed that Mundo Sano would contribute to clinical and…

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29 May 2017

Leprosy Research Initiative and EDCTP in partnership to boost leprosy research

The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) and EDCTP created a partnership to boost leprosy-related research. They aim to leverage resources and pool funds to support clinical and implementation research in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in relation to leprosy and neglected infectious diseases…

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20 May 2017

International Clinical Trials Day 2017: trials and results

Ahead of International Clinical Trials Awareness Day 2017, an important joint statement was released by international funders of clinical research to further protect the integrity and enhance the impact of clinical trials.

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25 April 2017

Funding research and innovation to help end malaria

The fight against malaria has seen a decade of remarkable success and progress. It remains, however, a threat to half of the world’s population with more than 200 million new cases of malaria and claims the lives of almost half…

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24 March 2017

World TB day 2017: closing the gaps to end tuberculosis

Ending the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by 2030 is one of the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Although TB incidence has fallen by an average of 1.5% per year since 2000, TB is still one of the top 10…

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20 March 2017

PredictTB project launched: biomarkers to predict TB treatment duration

A new EDCTP-funded project was launched at the Tygerberg Campus of Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, on 16 and 17 March 2017. EDCTP is investing €7.7 million in the project which is led by Professor Gerhard Walzl of…

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9 March 2017

PanACEA kicks off new clinical trials programme for TB-drug evaluation

The EDCTP-funded PanACEA consortium (Pan-African Consortium for the Evaluation of Antituberculosis Antibiotics) who were recently awarded their second EDCTP grant worth almost € 11.4 million (PanACEA2), held a kick-off meeting in Cape Town, South Africa from 7-8 March 2017. The…

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28 February 2017

UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health hosted meeting on value of EDCTP

The meeting on EDCTP as ‘African-European partnership for global health benefit’ took place on 27 February 2017 at the Houses of Parliament in London, United Kingdom. It was hosted by Dr Daniel Poulter MP of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group…

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16 February 2017

PredART trial: prednisone reduces risk of TB-IRIS in HIV-infected patients by 30%

Results of the EDCTP-funded PredART clinical trial, led by Dr Graeme Meintjes, University of Cape Town, South Africa were presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) (Abstract #81LB) on 15 February 2017. The trial showed that…

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17 January 2017

Switzerland fully associated to Horizon 2020 per 1 January 2017

Switzerland became an Associated Country for the full Horizon 2020 programme as of 1 January 2017. Consequently, Switzerland has regained the possibility to fully participate in the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. Swiss legal entities may participate and receive funding…

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1 December 2016

World AIDS day 2016: EDCTP’s strategy for funding research on HIV

According to the AIDS by numbers 2016 report from UNAIDS, huge progress has been made in the fight against HIV since 2000, and millions of lives have been saved. But much still needs to be done. Now in its second…

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23 November 2016

Stakeholder meeting reports published: diarrhoeal diseases and lower respiratory tract infections

EDCTP published two reports of the stakeholder meetings on diarrhoeal diseases and lower respiratory tract infections, respectively. The meetings for these fields added to our scope under the second programme took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 5 and 6…

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15 November 2016

Professor Fred Newton Binka receives prestigious Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Award

The EDCTP Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize was given to Professor Fred Newton Binka in recognition of his outstanding achievements in advancing health research and capacity development in Africa. The ceremony took place at the EDCTP Forum in Lusaka, Zambia during…

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