A Review article published today in PLoS Computational Biology describes the process of semantically enhancing a research article to enrich content, providing a striking example of how open-access content can be re-used and how scientific articles might take much greater advantage of the online medium in future.
International Trachoma Initiative and Task Force for Child Survival and Development Announce New Merger
Partnership aims to eliminate blinding trachoma and scale up the fight against other neglected tropical diseases
Guest blog by Ibrahim Jabr, President, International Trachoma Initiative
This week has seen a significant development in the fight against blinding trachoma. As president of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), I was pleased to announce on March 18 that we are joining forces with The Task Force for Child Survival and Development (the Task Force) to significantly scale up efforts and leverage additional resources for eliminating trachoma, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) issued a call today for ramping up funding and governmental support for R&D to combat neglected diseases. Related research appears in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, among other journals, and we applaud such publications for bringing much-needed attention to these overlooked diseases, which primarily affect the world’s poor and neglected populations.
The Low-Hanging Fruit site provides a portal by which the community can view hits from these screens and make decisions on which compounds represent the most suitable leads to take to the next step in the drug development pipeline. We have now carried out screens for T. brucei, L. donovani, Entamoeba histolytica, and Schistosoma mansoni using the Spectrum Collection.
Did Christopher Columbus and his men introduce syphilis into Renaissance Europe, after contracting it during their voyage to the New World? Or does this pathogen have a much older history? A study by Kristin Harper and colleagues published last week in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases lends support to what’s known as the Columbian theory of syphilis’s origin while suggesting that the non-sexually-transmitted subspecies arose earlier in the Old World.
The study spread throughout both mainstream press and science blogosphere alike, as did a related Expert Commentary, written by Connie Mulligan and colleagues, that challenged the methods and findings of the syphilis study.
Today PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases is thrilled to publish its very first set of what we like to call "sneak-preview" articles — articles that are published before the journal officially launches later this year. These two articles showcase the broad-reaching content that will be featured in PLoS' newest journal.
A meeting next week here in San Francisco will feature leading researchers discussing “open” modes of collaborative discovery with a special emphasis on infectious diseases of the developing world.