Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Support science-based development initiatives

Many thanks to my friend and colleague for passing these sites along. He suggests that these are for "the biosci technogeeks in the crowd." I am proud to count myself among that group, but we can all use these sites. If we can't support this work in the lab or in the field, we can support it financially. So take a look at these sites that connect science, scientists and development, and spread the word to all the "biosci technogeeks" and other folks you know.

* The Sustainable Science Institute ( is "a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public health worldwide, by helping scientists in developing countries gain access to the resources needed to address local problems related to infectious diseases." They offer training and consulting services, low-cost diagnostics developments and policy research.

* One World Health ( is a nonprofit pharmaceutical company. (I didn't know that was possible!) Interested people can donate research or intellectual property, or can volunteer their time, and expertise in bench research, bioethics, epidemiology, manufacturing, etc.

* The Science & Development Network ( is an online community dedicated to "news, views and information about science, technology and the developing world."

* The African Crop Improvement Network ( is a project of the Rockefeller Foundation dedicated to implementing a program on genetic improvement and dissemination of new varieties of African food crops..

* The Seattle Biomedical Research Institute ( is a non-profit research organization that focuses on infections diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

My dream is to have the work that I do to pay the bills, be the work that I would do for free. These organizations provide a way for service-minded life scientists to live that dream. Now let's get to work!

(Thanks Myron!)


Anonymous said...

Both the Science and Development network and the African Crop Improvement Network have been valuable resources and information centers for me. As I've sought to find ways to merge my scientific research interests with my community/service interests, I've gain valuable insight and contacts through using both of these networks. If you have biosci/biotech interests definitely check them out.


Karama said...

I'm so glad you found these sites useful, Beronda! Best wishes for your research and for Nyaka. Thanks so much for reading and for commenting. Right now, you hold the prize for most comments! Thanks, and come again.