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About the TDR Global database


An online platform for research networking

TDR has funded researchers and projects over 40 years. There are thousands of people throughout the world who are part of the TDR family – some work together formally but many others are looking for ways to connect. This is a public database of people from around the globe who have received TDR grants or other funding, been experts on TDR committees or involved in partnerships. The site has been set up to provide additional exposure to these experts, support expanded networking and partnerships, and track the effectiveness of TDR’s efforts.

If you are a member of TDR Global, please click here to update your profile information.

If you are a current or former TDR grantee, trainee, expert advisor, staff or committee member and you cannot find your profile, we welcome you to register by emailing TDR: tdrglobal@who.int

To learn more about TDR Global, click here

About TDR

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.

Our vision

"The power of research and innovation will improve the health and well-being of those burdened by infectious diseases of poverty."

Our mission

"To foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty and promote the translation of innovation to health impact in disease endemic countries."

How to use the TDR Global site

This site uses a research networking and expertise mining software tool. It not only shows traditional directory information, but also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the broad research community.

Depending on what you are looking for, you can choose between ‘Find people’ – which will show you a list of people, and ‘Find everything’ – which will show you a list of publications and people. For further help, see the linked video.

As you navigate through the website, you will see three types of pages:

Profile Pages

Each person has a Profile Page that includes his or her name, titles, affiliations, and contact information. TDR Global members can edit their own profiles, adding publications, awards, narrative, and a photo here. Once you have entered your information, it will appear publicly the following day.

Network Pages

Passive networks are formed automatically when users share common traits such as co-authoring the same paper, or researching the same concepts or topics. A preview of a person's passive networks is shown on the right side of his or her profile.

A "concept" network is a list of all the topics a person has written about. There are many ways to display a network other than a simple list, and this site offers several types of network visualization tools.

Connection Pages

Certain network pages will include a "Why?" link. These will take you to a Connection Page, which shows why two people or profiles in that network are connected. For example, the Why? link in a co-authorship network lists the publications that two people wrote together. The Connection Pages also reveal why certain people appear higher on search results and why particular concepts are highlighted on a person's profile.


This site offers several different ways to view networks, including (from left to right) Concept Clouds, which highlight a person's areas of research; Publication Timelines, which graph the number of publications of different types by year; Radial Network Views, which illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people; and Concept Timelines, which depict how a person's research focus has changed over time.

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Sharing Data

Profiles Research Networking Software is a Semantic Web application, which means its content can be read and understood by other computer programs. This enables the data in profiles, such as addresses and publications, to be shared with other institutions and appear on other websites. If you click the "Export RDF" link on the left sidebar of a profile page, you can see what computer programs see when visiting a profile. For technical information about how build a computer program that can export data from Profiles Research Networking Software, view the Sharing Data page.