Accelerating measles and rubella elimination through research and innovation – Findings from the Measles & Rubella Initiative research prioritization process, 2016

Gavin B. Grant, Balcha G. Masresha, William J Moss, Mick N. Mulders, Paul A. Rota, Saad B. Omer, Abigail Shefer, Jennifer L. Kriss, Matt Hanson, David N. Durrheim, Robert Linkins, James L. Goodson

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The Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI) identified five key strategies to achieve measles and rubella elimination, including research and innovation to support cost-effective operations and improve vaccination and diagnostic tools. In 2016, the M&RI Research and Innovation Working Group (R&IWG) completed a research prioritization process to identify key research questions and update the global research agenda. The R&IWG reviewed meeting reports and strategic planning documents and solicited programmatic inputs from vaccination experts at the program operational level through a web survey, to identify previous research priorities and new research questions. The R&IWG then convened a meeting of experts to prioritize the identified research questions in four strategic areas: (1) epidemiology and economics, (2) surveillance and laboratory, (3) immunization strategies, and (4) demand creation and communications. The experts identified 19 priority research questions in the four strategic areas to address key areas of work necessary to further progress toward elimination. Future commitments from partners will be needed to develop a platform for improved coordination with adequate and predictable resources for research implementation and innovation to address these identified priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Eradication
  • Immunization
  • Measles
  • Research
  • Rubella
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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