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GACD mental health call open

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has opened its fourth research call. The alliance will be funding research into mental health. The call is ambitious in scale and size and will be supported by the majority of GACD member funding agencies. For the first time, many of them will be accepting applications through a common submissions portal, which will be a first for the GACD.

Published: Dec 19, 2016 3:13:14 PM

Spotlight on Professor Nancy Edwards

The GACD’s Management Committee plays a critical role in developing the nuts and bolts of the Alliance’s output. The thirteen members from each agency across the globe meet monthly by teleconference and shape the output of our work. From humble beginnings in 2012 of just four members to its current group of thirteen strong, Nancy Edwards has played a critical role in its development. From volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone to Scientific Director of the Institutes of Public and Population Health at Canada’s Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Nancy shares her personal reflections and influences in conversation with the GACD’s Rosie Bartlett.

Published: Dec 14, 2016 10:48:27 AM

Joint publications

Rajesh Vedanthan was in early 2016 invited by the editors of a special theme issue of Cardiology Clinics journal (dedicated to global health) to put together a piece describing innovative approaches to hypertension control in LMICs.  The PIs of the GACD hypertension research projects were then invited by Rajesh to contribute to this manuscript according to the following themes:

Published: Nov 25, 2016 12:17:56 PM

Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 - Sydney, Australia

The GACD's 5th Annual Scientific Meeting took place in Sydney, Australia from 17-21 October 2016, with Australia's National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) serving as gracious hosts.

Published: Oct 21, 2016 4:36:46 AM

GACD Lung Diseases Programme Launch 2016


The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases has announced its successful grantees, at a reception hosted by the Canadian Embassy in London. Members will be funding over thirteen international research projects in more than 30 countries, representing over USD 55 million of international funding.  

Published: Sep 27, 2016 2:11:35 PM

Brazil joins the GACD

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases welcomes Brazil as new member

Published: Aug 24, 2016 3:51:42 PM

GACD: A look to the future

Five years on from its birth, the GACD has become an established organisation with an international reach and a global voice. As the GACD grows and matures, we sought the views of past, present and future Chairs, to reflect on what has been achieved to date, assess the challenges of the future, and give their vision for GACD’s long term direction.

Published: Aug 22, 2016 11:03:45 AM

GACD welcomes Japan

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases welcomes Japan’s Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) as its newest member.

Published: Jun 29, 2016 2:49:41 PM

GACD to fund mental health research

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has announced today its intention to fund research into the prevention and management of mental disorders. The announcement was made at the World Bank Meeting “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority”.

Published: Apr 14, 2016 3:00:10 PM

World Health Day 2016: beat diabetes

Today, 350 million people have diabetes. By 2036, this number will be more than 700 million. This disease, which occurs when there is either a deficiency of insulin or a resistance to insulin, is beginning to be seen at higher rates in children, and unequally impacts low- and middle-income countries. Today, diabetes is responsible for the death of more than 1.5 million people each year and, by 2030, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death, and more than 50% of individuals with the disease will die prematurely. This terrible disease requires life long treatment that is difficult for many individuals to obtain and thus leads to pain, suffering, and death the world over.Because of the widespread impact of diabetes, we at the GACD are thrilled that the WHO has chosen to make diabetes the focus of its World Health Day campaign this year, on 7 April. World Health Day is a yearly awareness campaign that focuses on a crucial area of global public health. This year, the WHO is campaigning to BEAT DIABETES, and wants to inform the global community of the costs affiliated with diabetes, including economic loss to individual families, and astronomical costs to national economies in lost productivity, health care, and benefits.

Published: Apr 7, 2016 9:20:24 AM

GACD Programme Co-Chairs elected

Both the GACD Diabetes and Hypertension Programmes have recently elected new Co-Chairs, who will lead their respective programmes over the next few years and represent their peers in matters relating to the development of the GACD Research Network. Many congratulations to Rajesh, Praveen, Elsa and Meena!

Published: Mar 11, 2016 11:53:34 AM

World Cancer Day: spreading awareness

Cancer is responsible for more than eight million annual deaths worldwide and for more than 161,000 deaths in the UK alone.  Even more startling, 14.1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and recent studies suggest that almost half of all individuals born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. Such a high prevalence leads researchers to believe that cancer could someday be responsible for more than 47 trillion in economic costs worldwide—a sum equivalent to more than 75% of the world’s GDP.  

Published: Feb 4, 2016 12:33:09 PM

Global symposium on health systems research, Vancouver, Canada

In spite of massive strides in global health, we live in a world that continues to face considerable challenges related to emerging and persisting epidemics, environmental degradation, economic recession and the threat to public values, armed conflict, and pernicious social inequalities. The era of one-size-fits-all solutions and disease control siloes has finally given way to a broader understanding of health as inseparable from social development, with a central and critical role for stronger, more resilient and responsive health systems.

Published: Jan 13, 2016 5:14:52 PM

Argentina joins GACD as a new member

Argentina’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation has joined the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) as its newest member. 

Published: Jan 6, 2016 11:34:01 AM

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases welcomes new Chair and Chair Elect

The Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has welcomed its new Chair, Dr Alain Beaudet from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, who is succeeding Dr Xuetao Cao from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The Board also confirmed its new Chair Elect as Professor Glenda Gray from the South African Medical Research Council, who will take over the chairmanship in two years’ time. All three now constitute the alliance’s Executive Committee. Dr Cao highlighted that he is delighted to hand over the chairmanship of the GACD into very capable hands and thanked all members for their support in firmly establishing the GACD as an important player in the research funding landscape over the course of the last few years.

Published: Jan 6, 2016 11:14:28 AM