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Executive Summary: Many tropical diseases and infections such as Zika, Dengue, Chagas, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis disproportionately affect low and middle-income countries and are under-researched and under-developed globally. A majority of private investment in drug and vaccine discovery focuses on aging populations in high-income countries. At the same time, basic science research in Latin America and South Asia is advancing rapidly, including on therapeutic and vaccine targets. There is increasing evidence that new models of collaboration are emerging within and between South Asia and Latin America to advance vaccines and therapeutics aligned with the needs of these populations and their comparative R&D strengths. Harvard faculty across several disciplines are engaged in understanding incentives and disincentives for R&D innovation and collaboration and can potentially help catalyze these partnerships even further and create new research agendas. In this seminar, we will bring together global scholars and practitioners from India, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Harvard to identify R&D successes and barriers in South-to-South collaborations and to generate strategies for future directions. The seminar will form the basis for a multiyear research/ publication project driven by Harvard faculties, in partnership with experts from the S-to-S collaboration. One outcome will be a special issue in The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (JLME), with about 8-10 articles, covering the R&D innovation cases presented in the seminar.
Accelerator Workshop Leaders
Associate Faculty Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Physician, Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Research Affiliate, The Mittal South Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Adviser, The World Bank, Panamerican Health Organization
Research Associate, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile
Harvard College Student '24
Harvard College Student '23