The people behind The Global Report on Research for Infectious Diseases of Poverty
The global TDR Think Tank of over 130 experts was established in 2008 to focus on research for infectious diseases of poverty. From the outset the concept was to ensure input from researchers and policy-makers from the countries of the greatest disease burden. Working in ten disease-specific and thematic reference groups these experts carried out a review and consultation process to identify top research priorities. Each reference group had a chair or co-chair from a disease-endemic country, and was hosted by a country or regional office of the World Health Organization.
The Global Report on Research for Infectious Diseases of Poverty (called The Global Report) drew additional experts in a variety of fields from across the globe to review these reports and their lists of disease research priorities, conduct additional research and analysis, and develop broader concepts and recommendations. They worked within chapters, and also met twice as a group.