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WHO Conflict of Interest Guidelines

WHO has kindly made available its conflict of interest guidelines. Apparently they are not available from the public web page. Attached are two documents:

A few of the many interesting provisions follow:


Ska Keller tables MEP question on ethical aspects of pharmaceutical test data protection

On Tuesday the 18th of January 2010,German Green MEP Franziska Keller tabled this Parliamentary question: ska-keller.jpg

European members of WHO Executive Board take hard line on nomination of Novartis official to R&D group

At the 128th meeting of the WHO Executive Board (EB), the European members of the board are reportedly taking a hard line on the proposal by Switzerland to have Paul Herrling, an executive of Novartis, appointed to the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on R&D financing. Our earlier blogs on this controversy are available here and here).

US government urges WHO to support Medicines Patent Pool: Extract of US intervention on draft WHO HIV/AIDS strategy 2011–2015

On Tuesday's discussion at the 128th Executive Board on the Draft WHO HIV/AIDS strategy 2011–2015, the United States made a strong intervention (delivered by Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director, Office of Global Health Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services) in support of the Medicines Patent Pool drawing attention to the fact that the draft HIV/AIDS strategy while making reference to a more competitive market for ARVs, failed to recognized the importance of the Medicines Patent Pool.

Here below are the remarks of the US on this point:

Conflicts of Interest, and the WHO evaluation of the FRIND and the PDP Plus funding proposals by the CEWG

This note provide additional context for those who are just now following the issue of conflicts of interest and the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on R&D Financing.

The CEWG follows a controversial, flawed and failed effort by an earlier group, the WHO Expert Working Group (EWG) on R&D Financing, to:

The WHO EB debate over membership of the new R&D Financing consultative expert working group (CEWG)

At the end of the day on Monday, the 128 WHO Executive Board meeting took the agenda item for creation of a new R&D Financing consultative expert working group (CEWG). (Yesterday's blog on this topic is here)

World Health Organization Executive Board to create new consultative expert working group on R&D Financing

Today the WHO is expected to take up the Report by the Secretariat on "the Establishment of a consultative expert working group on research and development: financing and coordination." (link here).

Google hits by domain using search term "Gates Foundation"

The following reports the number of Google hits using the search term "gates foundation," with a site:domainname option, on January 7, 2011. The result is a count of the number of web pages (visible to Google) mentioning the Gates Foundation on a particular domain.

For example, the google search "gates foundation" identified 5,940 pages on the web site that have the exact phrase, "gates foundation."

Embedded content in television shows and films

Google hits for "health messages embedded in television" 275,000

Motivating Television Viewers to Become Organ Donors
Authors: Lauren Movius, Michael Cody, Grace Huang, Mandy Berkowitz, Susan Morgan
Corresponding Author: Lauren Movius, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California,

Life Technologies funds seven $1 million medical innovation prizes

On December 14, 2010, Life Technologies Corporation, which among other things owns Ion Torrent, which sells the Ion Personal Genome Machine sequencer, announced seven new medical innovation prizes. The first three prizes are related to improvements in the Ion semiconcudtor sequencing products. Each of the three sequencer prizes is funded at $1 million, and will be awarded to contestants that can achieve the following goals:

  1. produce twice as much sequence data,

NSF, Gates Foundation policies on sharing data and intellectual property in agricultural basic research grant program (BREAD)

The US based National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating on a program called Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD). A May 12, 2010 NSF announcement about the program is available here.

2011: The Year Ahead at WHO, WIPO and WTO

As 2011 unfolds, the following conferences and negotiations are expected to shape the knowledge governance landscape this year at WHO, WIPO and WTO.

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Tuberculosis outcomes by WHO region and income in 2004

The graph below reports the ratio of deaths to new cases of tuberculosis in 2004, in WHO "regions by income."

Disparities in Asthma Outcomes in 2004

The following graph reports the ratio of DALYs to Prevelance for Asthma in 2004, with countries groups in WHO regions by income.

Differences in deaths for 6 cancer types in 14 WHO regions, with reference to income of region

A pdf version of this document is available here.

KEI Research Note 2010:5
December 23, 2010

Differences in ratio of deaths to new cases for 6 cancer types in 14 WHO regions, with reference to income of region


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