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Informing the Establishment of the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development

Edited by: Taghreed Adam, John-Arne Røttingen and Marie-Paule Kieny

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This Series is in response to a Call for Papers to inform the establishment of the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development (R&D), with the objective of providing global stakeholders with up-to-date knowledge on methods, analyses and applications to draw from when developing future investment decisions for new health R&D.

The Series Editors declare no conflict of interest. Payment for publication of the Series articles was made by WHO through funding support for the establishment of the WHO Global R&D Observatory. The selection of papers to be included in this Series was made by an external committee of scientific experts. The Journal independently managed the peer-review for the Series papers.

The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this Series and they do not necessarily represent the views, decisions or policies of the World Health Organization.

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  1. Research

    International consultation on long-term global health research priorities, research capacity and research uptake in developing countries

    In recognition of the need for long-term planning for global health research, and to inform future global health research priorities, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) carried ...

    David Mc Conalogue, Sue Kinn, Jo-Ann Mulligan and Malcolm McNeil

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:24

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research

    Global health equity in United Kingdom university research: a landscape of current policies and practices

    Universities are significant contributors to research and technologies in health; however, the health needs of the world’s poor are historically neglected in research. Medical discoveries are frequently licens...

    Dzintars Gotham, Jonathan Meldrum, Vaitehi Nageshwaran, Christopher Counts, Nina Kumari, Manuel Martin, Ben Beattie and Nathan Post

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2016 14:76

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  3. Commentary

    United Kingdom health research analyses and the benefits of shared data

    To allow research organisations to co-ordinate activity to the benefit of national and international funding strategies requires assessment of the funding landscape; this, in turn, relies on a consistent appro...

    James G. Carter, Beverley J. Sherbon and Ian S. Viney

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2016 14:48

    Published on: 24 June 2016

  4. Research

    Implementing a national health research for development platform in a low-income country – a review of Malawi’s Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative

    National health research for development (R4D) platforms in lower income countries (LICs) are few. The Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative (HRCSI, 2008–2013) was a national systems-strengthening ...

    Donald C. Cole, Lot Jata Nyirenda, Nadia Fazal and Imelda Bates

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2016 14:24

    Published on: 1 April 2016

  5. Research

    Comparing research investment to United Kingdom institutions and published outputs for tuberculosis, HIV and malaria: a systematic analysis across 1997–2013

    The “Unfinished Agenda” of infectious diseases is of great importance to policymakers and research funding agencies that require ongoing research evidence on their effective management. Journal publications he...

    Michael G. Head, Joseph R. Fitchett, Gemma Derrick, Fatima B. Wurie, Jonathan Meldrum, Nina Kumari, Benjamin Beattie, Christopher J. Counts and Rifat Atun

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2015 13:63

    Published on: 4 November 2015