Goldman M.
Il faut (vite) rendre le vaccin anti-rougeole obligatoire
L’Echo, June 2019
Measles epidemic spreads around Europe at alarming speed, with over 44 000 new cases registered between January 2016 and March 2019. Within the last three years 84 deaths were registered. The increasing number of non-vaccinated children is one of the main causes for this situation. Prof Michel Goldman has published a plea in L’Echo, in which he advocates that Belgian authorities should follow the example of Italy, France and soon Germany, where measles vaccination is mandatory.
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Goldman M.
Mobilizing Young People Against Anti-Vaxxers
Project Syndicate, April 2019
Vaccination is about more than individual welfare; it is an act of social solidarity. However, with vaccine coverage being insufficient in the US and many European countries, herd immunity is at risk. The key to increasing awareness of the benefits of immunization lies in education, particularly of young people. In an article published by Project Syndicate, Michel Goldman calls for actions to mobilize teenagers to become vaccine advocates through educational programs that go beyond school-based teaching methods and take advantage of comics, game-based learning tools, social media, and other digital technologies.
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Neunez M., Goldman M., Goldman S. and Lambert P.
Vaccines, Shots That Protect You
Frontiers for Young Minds, February 2019
Tomorrow, your mother will take you to the doctor to receive your vaccines. Why do you need these shots since you are healthy and have already received some shots when you were just a baby? In this article, you will discover the reasons why booster vaccines are crucial, to protect you, your brothers and sisters but also your classmates and your friends.
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Dewatripont M., Goldman M.
How to Help Deflate America’s Opioid Bubble
Project Syndicate, February 2019
The opioid epidemic in the United States, which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public-health emergency in 2017, continues to escalate. In the article published by Project Syndicate Mathias Dewatripont and Michel Goldman argue that policymakers should look for lessons in what may seem to be an unrelated episode: the 2008 global financial crisis.
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Janssens R., van Overbeeke E., Stevens H. et al.
Patient Involvement in the Lifecycle of Medicines According to Belgian Stakeholders: the Gap Between Theory and Practice
Frontiers in Medicine, October 2018
Patient involvement is often acknowledged as an important aspect of the lifecycle of medicines. In view of the diversity of stakeholders and types of decisions in which patients might be involved, an in-depth understanding of these stakeholders’ views toward involving patients in the lifecycle of medicines is essential. The barriers identified in this study hamper transitioning patient involvement from theory to practice. Bridging this gap requires addressing the identified barriers and unresolved questions surrounding the right methodology for involving the “right patients” to involve and means to increase patient knowledge. There is a need to focus on assessing the value of methods that allow to indirectly capture patients’ perspective both in the context of development as well as in the context of evaluation.
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Stevens H., Huys I.
Intellectual Property in Early-Phase Research Public–Private Partnerships in the Biomedical Sector“, The Cambridge Handbook of Public-Private Partnerships, Intellectual Property Governance, and Sustainable Development
Cambridge University Press, September 2018, pp 109-140
Public–private partnerships (PPPs) play an increasingly prominent role in addressing global development challenges. United Nations agencies and other organizations are relying on PPPs to improve global health, facilitate access to scientific information, and encourage the diffusion of climate change technologies. For this reason, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights their centrality in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, the intellectual property dimensions and implications of these efforts remain underexamined. Through selective case studies, this illuminating work contributes to a better understanding of the relationships between PPPs and intellectual property considered within a global knowledge governance framework, including innovation, capacitybuilding, technological learning, and diffusion. Linking global governance of knowledge via intellectual property to the SDGs, this is the first book to chart the activities of PPPs at this important nexus.
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Dewatripont M., Goldman M.
Free Drug Samples and the Opioid Crisis
The New England Journal of Medicine, August 2018
The provision of free drug samples for promotional purposes is common in the United States. However, there is evidence that free samples often do not reach the intended patient population, reduce patients’ adherence to their treatment plans, and eventually increase health care costs. In the case of prescription opioids, free samples can lead to even more dramatic consequences. Opioids are potent stimulators of the reward system of the brain, so getting a free “taste” of these medications can precipitate compulsive and long-lasting seeking of substances that reproduce their effects. With a view of containing the opiod crisis, Michel Goldman and Mathias Dewatripont call U.S. policymakers to urgently consider a ban on the practice of providing free starter coupons for narcotic and psychotropic substances.
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Arif N., Al-Jefri M., Harb Bizzi I., Boitano Perano G., Goldman M., Haq I., Leng Chua K., Mengozzi M., Neunez M., Smith H. and Ghezzi P.
Fake News or Weak Science? Visibility and Characterization of Antivaccine Webpages Returned by Google in Different Languages and Countries
Frontiers in Immunology, June 2018
Acceptance and uptake of vaccination is important for reaching public health targets. The information available, either from books, television news, newspaper articles, or online sources, has a major impact on how the public perceives vaccines. It has often been pointed out that antivaccine information available on the Internet has a high prevalence and could impact negatively vaccination decisions. The purpose of the study was to analyze the information available to the public on the link between vaccines and autism. The study provides an approach to monitor vaccine-related information on the web.
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Stevens H., Neunez M., Laokri S. and Goldman M.
Fostering interdisciplinarity to educate the next generation of global health actors: a key mission of the newly created I3h Institute
Geneva Health Form 2018, 7th edition, April 2018
Collaborative innovation is pivotal to move global health forward. There is a critical need to develop among all stakeholders a holistic vision of the multiple factors that intervene in the translation of scientific knowledge into accessible and affordable care.
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Laokri S. and Stevens H.
What role can novel technologies and practices play in the provision of equitable access to quality care for tuberculosis (TB) patients in low- and middle-income countries
Despite remarkable progress attributable to the TB control strategy, shortening the patients’ pathways and reducing the economic burden of disease remain major global health challenges.
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Stevens H. and Huys I.
Innovative Approaches to Increase Access to Medicines in Developing Countries
Frontiers in Medicine, December 2017
Access to essential medicines is problematic for one third of all persons worldwide. Several innovative approaches, based on partnerships, intellectual property, and pricing, are used to stimulate innovation, promote healthcare delivery, and reduce global health disparities. No single approach suffices, and therefore stakeholders need to further engage in partnerships promoting knowledge and technology transfer in assuring essential medicines to be manufactured, authorized, and distributed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in an effort of making them available at affordable and acceptable conditions.
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Stevens H., Huys I., Debackere K., Goldman M., Stevens P., Mahoney R.
Vaccines: Accelerating Innovation and Access
Global Challenges Report, WIPO, 2017
The analysis aims to put into perspective debates around health innovation and the availability of health technologies in developing countries, especially with respect to the role of IP. In particular, it provides an overview of how IP has been used to meet global health challenges in the vaccines field, and considers whether lessons can be drawn to inform other important health technologies.
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Laokri S.
Collaborative Approaches and Policy Opportunities for Accelerated Progress toward Effective Disease Prevention, Care and Control: Using the Case of Poverty Diseases to Explore Universal Access to Affordable Health Care.
Frontiers in Medicine, 2017 Aug 25;4:130. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2017.00130. eCollection 2017.
Despite a large political commitment and mobilization efforts from funding, the global development goal of financial protection for health—newly adopted in TB control as no TB-affected household experiencing catastrophic expenditure—may remain aspirational. To enhance effective access to care for all, innovative opportunities in patient-centered and collaborative practices must be taken.”
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Stevens H, Van Overwalle G, Van Looy B, Huys I.
IP policies in early-phase research in public-private partnerships: an overview and assessment of current practices.
Nat Biotechnol. 2016, 34(5);504-10.
An Intellectual Property (IP) policy analysis reveals the use of a variety of IP frameworks within early-phase biomedical Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). Dependent on the nature of the research objectives, enacted IP frameworks or „knowledge sharing strategies‟ differ, ranging from „partnership oriented‟ models towards „open‟ models.

Goldman M.
Education in Medicine: Moving the boundaries to foster interdisciplinarity.
Front Med. 2016 Apr(3). Epub. 2016 Apr 8.
“Future advances [in precision medicine] will depend on innovative educational programs that will provide the next generation of healthcare professionals with sound and robust bases for interdisciplinary patient-focused approaches and that will develop their mindset for collaboration.”

Murray F., Aghion P., Dewatripont M., Kolev J., Stern S.
Of Mice and Academics: Examining the Effect of Openness on Innovation
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, February 2016, 8(1): 212–252
The paper argues that openness, by lowering costs to access existing research, can enhance both early and late stage innovation through greater exploration of novel research directions.
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Lambert PH, Goldman M.
Vaccination and Autoimmune Diseases.
The Vaccine Book. 2016;Ch.9:161-75. Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-802174-3.
The association of vaccination and the potential risk of autoimmune adverse effects deserves particular attention. The book chapter reviews the reality of this concern for infection-associated autoimmune manifestations and guidelines are defined for clinicians to face the challenge of vaccinating patients with autoimmune diseases.

Lim MD, Brumfield MA, Goldman M.
Philanthropies as partners for drug development in public–private partnerships.
Journal of Medicines Development Sciences, 2015,1(1);1-4.
In addition to providing financial support and expertise, philanthropic foundations are in a unique position to coordinate the patient and research communities to enable and accelerate specific medicines development projects.

Gunn M, Lim MD, Cross D, Goldman M.
Benchmarking the scientific output of the Innovative Medicines Initiative.
Nat Biotechnol. 2015 Aug;33(8):811-2.
A holistic framework, going beyond measuring bibliometric data, has been proposed to compare and improve the performance of ongoing consortia and establish new ‘fit-for-purpose’ public-private partnerships. The whole framework of measurements takes into consideration evaluation criteria applicable to both the corporate and public worlds.