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It is important to know how money from public and charity sources for medical research (‘research investments’) are being spent. It is also important for the funders of medical research to have information that helps them to make the best possible decisions on which topics are important or considered priority areas, and which research they should fund.
Research Investments in Global Health (ResIn) is an analysis of investments in infectious disease research. Resin has collected data from these funders to see what research has been carried out specifically in infectious diseases in the UK.
ResIn’s work so far has concentrated on collating information on funded studies from all the major public and philanthropic funders of UK biomedical research and analysing these awards to UK institutions for infectious disease research over the time period of 1997 to 2010. ResIn has published the study findings in numerous peer-reviewed publications. Presentations and downloads of the data can be filtered and customised through the online open-access database. Currently ResIn are updating the analysis to include funding information up to 2013, and have also commenced similar analyses in cancer care research. Publications in both these areas will be written in late 2014 and early 2015. Further, ResIn are collecting information on funding awarded to US institutions for infectious disease, plus preliminary work on research funding for healthcare-associated funding and antimicrobial resistance.All the data from the ResIn study is openly accessible on their website to allow it to be of maximum possible use to funders, policymakers and researchers.
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