Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

Communities of practice Partnerships

South-South Initiative for Tropical Diseases Research
Initiative to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA)
Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA)
Research Partnerships for Neglected Diseases of Poverty

Profiles & Interviews

TropIKA will provide readers with information about the aims and activities of key players in the war against tropical diseases.


13 January 2011

Elimination of a centuries-old disease is possible, says Zhou

The author of the first chapter of TDR’s Global Report on R&D into the infectious diseases of poverty is Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou. He talks to about how the course of schistosomiasis is being radically altered in his homeland, China.

17 December 2010

Chinese reforms an opportunity to get universal healthcare right says Griffiths

In the latest in our series of Global Report author profiles, Professor Siân Griffiths shares her insights into the ambitious healthcare reforms taking place today in China.

03 December 2010

Pragmatism bears fruit talks to Professor Yongyuth Yuthavong, another of the authors of TDR's forthcoming Global Report on research into the infectious diseases of poverty.

19 November 2010

Confalonieri: the multi-sectoral approach is the only way to understand diseases of poverty

In the latest in our series of profiles of authors contributing to TDR's forthcoming global report on research into the infectious diseases of poverty, a researcher gives insight as to how environment and a multiplicity of other factors exert an impact on human health.

04 November 2010

Roscigno: diagnostics need a push up talks with Dr Georgio Roscigno of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, in the latest in our series of profiles of authors contributing to TDR's forthcoming Global Report on research into the infectious diseases of poverty.

13 October 2010

Chowdhury champions constant learning, evaluation and innovation in research

We continue our series of profiles of authors contributing to TDR's forthcoming Global Report for research on infectious diseases of poverty, with Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury of the Rockefeller Foundation.

29 September 2010

Enriqueta Bond: a career in science policy

We begin our series of profiles of authors contributing to TDR"s forthcoming Global Report for research on infectious diseases of poverty, with Dr Enriqueta Bond, a medical research champion and former head of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

16 September 2010

EU research tomorrow reports on new plans that will impact on the support the European Union gives to health research in the South.

20 August 2010

EU research funding: a mixed blessing for scientists

The latest funding call from the European Union offers new prospects for research on the infectious diseases of poverty, but the EU's approach still has its critics..

19 August 2010

Boosting health systems research: a Q&A with Javier Guzman

Dr Guzman is Director of Research, Policy Cures.

18 August 2010

Remembering Mariano Levin

A look back at the remarkable contributions and enduring legacy of a global health warrior.

20 July 2010

BIOTEC leads Thailand’s leapfrog towards self-sufficiency profiles BIOTEC, Thailand’s flagship biotechnology research institute, and talks to one of its researchers, Professor Yongyuth Yuthavong, who also happens to be its ex-director and creator.

28 June 2010

mHealth needs viable business models says UNF’s Carucci

A interview with the UN Foundation's Vice President for Global Health, Dan Carucci, focusing first on his work with the mHealth Alliance.

17 May 2010

Plan to subsidize malaria treatment begins in earnest

An audacious plan to subsidize artemisinin combination therapies called the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm), gets under way this month. talks to AMFm Director Dr Olusoji Adeyi about the scheme.

13 May 2010

Public Health Foundation of India aims to boost the number of public health officials

An ambitious public health research and training project plans to reverse worrying health indicators in India.

07 May 2010

Health workers need a taste of the community

Viral immunologist, Professor Peter Ndumbe discusses 21st century approaches to health worker training in Africa.

01 April 2010

Hotez hooks high-fliers for neglected diseases

When an American schoolboy from Connecticut volunteers to compile parasitic disease case reports at his local government office, works on sleeping sickness as an undergraduate and begins research into a hookworm vaccine at the age of 21, it's perhaps unsurprising that 30 years later, he is walking the corridors of power in Washington DC.

22 March 2010

TB drugs on trial: new drug combinations are now ready for testing

With a host of innovative trials of tuberculosis drugs on the horizon, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development is poised for a busy 2010.

15 February 2010

The South-South Initiative fosters scientific leadership in disease-endemic countries speaks to Dr Ikram Guizani about the SSI's recent achievements and future aims.

26 January 2010

Neglected diseases get the mathematical treatment

Infectious disease modelling is a new and sometimes controversial discipline. speaks to one of the leaders in the field - Professor Sir Roy Anderson.

07 January 2010

CDC tests new malaria tools

Dr Laurence Slutsker, chief of the malaria branch at the Centers for Disease Control, USA talks to about CDC's major contributions to malaria research and describes its current work in evaluating potential new tools to fight the disease.

18 December 2009

What is safe water without sanitation?

Christine Moe tells that sanitation remains a neglected area. She adds that, "I do get concerned about money and resources and effort going into vaccine development for diseases that I think would be better reduced by water and sanitation".

16 December 2009

Malaria and climate change

"The real controversy relates to whether changes in climate have already had an impact on malaria transmission," says Dr Jonathan Cox, epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

16 December 2009

The Sanaria PfSPZ malaria vaccine, until recently considered impossible, is entering Phase III trials

A Q&A with Dr Stephen Hoffman, CEO of Sanaria, who is putting his considerable energies into scaling up production of this vaccine so it can be delivered to all who need it.

09 December 2009

A proactive approach to controlling schistosomiasis through environmental interventions

"We have to treat schistosomiasis as an environmental problem," says Dr Justin Remais, Director of the Global Environmental Health Program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, USA.

09 December 2009

"Climate change is like no other environmental risk factor previously encountered"

A Q&A with Professor Tony McMichael of Australia's National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health.

04 December 2009

Africa needs a new generation of scientists

We talk with one of Africa's most highly regarded epidemiologists, Fred Binka, Dean of the University of Ghana's School of Public Health.

30 November 2009

Good chemistry: a South African rising star" talks to Kelly Chibale about the part he is playing in the search for new drugs for the infectious diseases of poverty.

03 November 2009

Malaria in pregnancy: research must be stepped up

Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke has spent most of her career looking at how malaria affects women. She speaks to

21 October 2009

Malaria research: "a way to contribute"

Dr Louis Miller is best known for establishing why many West Africans do not suffer from vivax malaria. He talks to about promising new avenues for malaria research.

30 September 2009

Meningitis in Africa: an affordable vaccine is on its way

Epidemics in Africa's meningitis belt claim many thousands of lives but, till now, vaccines have been designed for strains of the disease found in other parts of the world.

08 September 2009

Boosting research capabilities in the South

Jimmy Whitworth, head of international activities at the Wellcome Trust, tells of plans to boost research capabilities in the South.

30 July 2009

Malaria:"An unprecedented response"

Dr Awa-Marie Coll-Seck, executive director of the Rollback Malaria Partnership talks to

29 June 2009

Brian Greenwood: "Living in exciting times" talks to one of the best known specialists in the infectious diseases of poverty, focusing on his major contributions to malaria research and his work against meningitis and pneumonia.

10 June 2009

Tracking the spread of resistance to malaria drugs

Christopher Plowe of the University of Maryland, USA, talks to about his work on molecular markers and on vaccine resistance.

03 June 2009

Beating the brain drain: West African research centre shows it can be done interviews Professor Ogobara Doumbo of the Malaria Research Training Centre, Mali.

06 May 2009

Grand Challenges project ready to enter its next phase

We speak to Michael Gottlieb, head of the Grand Challenges project at the Foundation for the US National Institutes of Health.

23 Apr 2009

Malaria research: putting African scientists on the front line

Professor Wen L Kilama talks to about the work of the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET).

29 Jan 2009

The company is committed to the development of new drugs for tuberculosis. interviews Larry Geiter and Charles Wells of Otsuka Pharmaceuticals


13 Jan 2009

Academia adopts pharma methods to create cheap drugs for neglected diseases interviews Professor Alan Fairlamb CBE.


7 Dec 2008

New Orleans hosts major tropical medicine meeting

As the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) begins its annual meeting, interviews its President - Claire Panosian Dunavan


19 Nov 2008

Towards a malaria vaccine: Indian researchers are making progress

In a interview, Dr Chetan Chitnis describes the work he and his colleagues are doing at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.


9 Oct 2008

Harvard Malaria Initiative opens new avenues for research interviews Dyann Wirth.


22 July 2008

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

After a troubled start, EDCTP now seems set to move ahead. speaks to Executive Director, Charles Mgone.


16 May 2008

Quest for a malaria vaccine: ‘The elements are in place’

The director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative is optimistic but says there is still a long way to go.


28 Mar 2008

Building a pipeline for the drugs of the future

In a TropIKA interview, Dr Bernard Pecoul, Executive Director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative looks forward to what can be achieved using the DNDI model.


6 Mar 2008

‘The bandwagon has started to run’: lymphatic filariasis and other neglected diseases are finally attracting attention

Tatum Anderson interviews David Molyneux, focusing on his work as Director of the Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre and its role within the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis. Professor Molyneux calls for a complete change in the focus of public health funding.


29 Jan 2008

New Global Forum leader seeks to turn strategy into action

TropIKA’s Tatum Anderson interviews Dr Gill Samuels who took over the position of Chair of the Foundation Council of the Global Forum for Health Research in November 2007.

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