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Global alliance of funders of public health research agrees top priorities

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 17 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4884
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    An alliance of the world’s leading funders of public health research has agreed three targets for its first jointly funded research programmes to reduce the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases, after its inaugural scientific summit in New Delhi earlier this month. The targets are to lower the prevalence of high blood pressure, reduce smoking, and eliminate indoor pollution.

    The Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (, which was set up in June last year, is made up of research institutions that together manage 80% of the world’s funding of public health research. Members include leading national health research organisations from Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The alliance aims to support coordinated research to reduce non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory conditions, type 2 diabetes, and common cancers, which …

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