[Ip-health] Student Group, UAEM Creates Scorecard--Grades Universities on Global Health, Access to Medicines

Gloria Tavera gloria.tavera at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 14:58:56 PDT 2013


Dear IP-Health Friends,*
*
*Today*, a team of students from the access to medicines group *Universities
Allied for Essential Medicines <http://uaem.org/>* (UAEM) *released a
scorecard, evaluating the top 54 U.S. and Canadian research
universities*(based on federal research funding)
*on their **research of the world's neglected diseases*,* and* *on whether
they** make their life-saving medical research accessible and affordable to
patients worldwide.*

They've done it by looking at the types of licensing agreements
universities have made with pharmaceutical companies and venture
capitalists who buy their technologies. And they have given them a grade.

*It is the first project of its kind to measure university impact on public
access to the products of publicly funded research.* This is a call to
universities that the public is watching where their research dollars are
going, and that students interested in access issues and global health do
care about where their university's research goes, once it is licensed to
other groups.

Please visit this site, http://globalhealthgrades.org/, and visit the "Take
Action" page.

You can read more about the Scorecard
here<http://chronicle.com/article/Report-Card-Faults-Research/138281/>and
here<http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/04/universities-not-living-up-to-missions-on-global-health-research/>.


Please share with your networks. Official press release is below.

In Solidarity,

Gloria

Universities Allied For Essential Medicines (UAEM)
 <http://globalhealthgrades.org>

Globalhealthgrades.org <http://globalhealthgrades.org>

Uaem.org <http://uaem.org>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact:

Gloria Tavera

Gloria.tavera at gmail.com

407.625.2085

*Making a Real Impact: Top U.S. and Canadian Universities Get Graded in
Global Health*

New York City, NY— Universities usually give report cards, rather than
receiving them.  But Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a
nationwide student organization dedicated to making life-saving medicines
accessible to the world’s poor, is flipping the script.  On Thursday, April
4th they released the results of their first university report card on
global health impact, evaluating how research at fifty-four American and
Canadian universities are ensuring - and preventing - access to these
essential medicines. Among the universities graded, MIT received a C- and
University of British Columbia received an A-.

What role do North American universities play in access to essential
medicines in faraway places like South Africa and Brazil?  Universities
invent drug ingredients in their labs, but then do not have the resources
to sell the resulting medicines themselves. Instead, they sell the rights
to manufacture the drugs they invent to pharmaceutical companies or biotech
companies.  The process of commercializing university-derived technologies
is key to the development of new viable medicines and medical technologies,
but these licensing agreements often forget about the needs of poor people
who might need access to the resulting drugs. As institutions that exist to
serve the common good, universities should be committed to researching the
world’s most neglected health needs and making their life-saving medical
breakthroughs available in the developing world.

“Our university is ideally placed to have a tremendous impact on the global
disease burden by prioritizing research for diseases that afflict the
world’s poorest, but we are falling short,” explained Gloria Tavera, Case
Western Reserve University UAEM chapter leader.  “Our organization is
trying to change that, and the report card is a big step.”

The University Global Health Impact Report Card, which is available online
at globalhealthgrades.org investigated and graded medical research
universities on the commitments they made to improve access and they graded
them on how well they linked up to those claims.  Each grade combines three
different scores corresponding to the university’s results in three
categories: Access, Neglected Diseases, and Education and Empowerment.

“We wanted to give universities a number of ways to earn credit,” said
Bryan Collinsworth, Executive Director of UAEM. “It’s not just what’s
happening in the lab and in the technology transfer office, but also what’s
happening in the classroom.”

The Report Card assigns letter grades to the fifty-five of the top medical
research universities in the United States and Canada.  The group of
schools was determined by the funding each institution received from either
the National Institute of Health in the US or the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research.

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*About UAEM:* Universities Allied for Essential Medicines is a non-profit
organization rooted in a global movement of university students motivated
to solve the access to medicines crisis by promoting medical innovation in
the public interest and ensuring that all people, regardless of income,
have access to essential medicines and other health-related technologies.
Since 2001, UAEM has strived to promote global access to medicines and
medical innovations by changing the norms and practices of academic
patenting and licensing, ensure that university medical research meets the
needs of people worldwide, and empower students to respond to the access
and innovation crisis. For more information, see
http://www.essentialmedicine.org

--
Gloria Tavera
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Fellow
Case Western Reserve University
MD-PhD Program, School of Medicine, T401
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 44106
gloria.tavera at gmail.com
407.625.2085



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