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    Bill Gates to 'solve world's greatest health challenges'

    Bill Gates to 'solve world's greatest health challenges'

    Bill Gates has announced a $200 million grant to help identify and solve the "grand challenges in global health."

    Under the programme announced at the annual World Economic Forum, a panel of top scientists will draft a list of critical problems whose solution could lead to important advances for the developing world.

    It could include new ways to combat AIDS or ways to prevent mosquitos from transmitting malaria.

    The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in Washington then will award grants of up to $20 million to investigate them.

    US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, said the fight against HIV infection and AIDS is "bigger than the war on terror."

    The money comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has focused on promoting health care in poor countries.

    He said he was "super-excited" by the team working on the initiative, which he said he would monitor "with great interest" but not personally participate in.


    Story filed: 17:01 Sunday 26th January 2003

    http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm...ceanddiscovery

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    Didn't I just hear Dr. Young throw out the random figure that 10 million would probably help us somewhat? HOW oh HOW can we make our weak little voices heard when the 200 million is divided?? And how long will that take?

    Did I read that right? 200 million??? What percentage is 10 of 200?

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    Not even worth asking, they will not consider it.

    "Life is about how you
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    challenges you're dealt but
    the challenges you seek...If
    you have no goals, no
    mountains to climb, your
    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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    But WHYYYYYYYYYYY NOT???????

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    bill gates have made it clear...paralysis is not important enough. our cut is zero percent.

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    Ok, how about if he just threw a little in the direction of neurological studies? Hey anyway, didn't it say a panel would be deciding the directions?

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    Like Chris Reeve so brilliantly pointed out the other day is that to most folks "SCI is not important until it effects someone directly to that person" Say Bill Gates son fell off his bicycle and broke his neck and became a quad, you better believe all kinds of private money would be flowing into research. Same thing with Bush, say one of his daughters got drunk and took her car into a telephone pole and became SCI, you better beleive there would be all kinds of government funded Stem Cell research, it would be a whole different ball game, we would more than likely have the cure in a few years.

    The way I see it now the way things are, our main hope is other countries, thats one reason Reeve went to Australia, even a country that has far less resources, there is still much more hope for Stem Cell research there than in the USA.

    "Life is about how you
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    challenges you're dealt but
    the challenges you seek...If
    you have no goals, no
    mountains to climb, your
    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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    It could be arranged... Ha ha, just kidding. But to flat ignore us, would be to flat ignore ALL neurological problems. Ours will come. It has to. The world of neurobiology is too big to be ignored.

    It will happen; He will share.

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    I thought there was talk of a vaccine for HIV on the horizon, and that developing that vaccine is not as complex of a task as overcoming the hurdles involved in getting the CNS to regenerate.

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    Hello,

    Is it possible that a letter can be sent to the panel regarding sci and how many people are affected by it world wide. We could list the benefits, both socially and economically, if the problem could be cured.

    The problem with sci is that it is an orphan. It doesn't affect as many people as, say for example, aids and cancer. If people don't know about it they will never fund its cure.

    We could get a letter from each major sci trust/foundation/charity - from all over the world and send that.

    I'm in Australia and can organise a letter from the Australasian Spinal Research Trust (ASRT).

    According to the CR conference a cure could be found in one year if there was enough dollars to fund the research.

    It is now known that SCI CAN be cured. It really isn't fair enough for this to be true and for us still to besitting in our chairs.

    C'mon guys lets looby this.

    Hmmm......how do we get in touch with the decision makers. Any idea's...anyone???

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