International tuberculosis research collaborations within Asia

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International tuberculosis research collaborations within Asia
James S. Molton, Shweta Singh, Ling Jun Chen and Nicholas I. Paton
BMC Research Notes 2017 10:462
Published on: 7 September 2017
Abstract
Background
Asia bears more than half the global tuberculosis (TB) burden. Economic development in the region has increased available funding for biomedical research and opportunity for collaboration. We explored the extent of international tuberculosis research collaborations between institutions within Asia.
Methods
We conducted a Pubmed search for all articles with tuberculosis in the title published during a 12 month period with at least one author affiliation listed in Asia, then identified international collaborations from institution websites and internet searches.
Results
We identified 99 international collaborations involving an institution within Asia, of which only 8 (8.1%) were collaborations between Asian institutions. The remainder were with institutions outside of Asia.
Conclusions
The paucity of intra-Asian international research collaboration represents a lost opportunity to optimise regional research funding, capacity building and the development of an Asia-relevant TB research agenda.