Encouraging research innovations that improve health
By Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD; Director, Fogarty International Center and Associate Director for Global Health, National Institutes of Health
I find anniversaries can provide us with useful opportunities for reflection. As a diarrheal disease expert, I have recently been contemplating the impact of a research breakthrough that occurred fifty years ago—the discovery that oral rehydration therapy (ORT) could save thousands of people at risk of dying of cholera, for a treatment that cost just pennies to administer.