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RTI International: 50 Years of Turning Knowledge Into Practice

RTI International: 50 Years of Turning Knowledge Into Practice



RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and ...

RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.



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  • Celebrating 50 years of turning knowledge into practice
  • RTI has conducted numerous multidisciplinary studies involving influenza and other vaccine-related subjects for CDC, NIH, USDA, and other federal agencies.
  • RTI works in collaboration with the World Bank to reduce infant mortality by improving the provision of potable drinking water and better sanitation services to several hundred villages in India.
  • RTI designed and is conducting the first federally sponsored survey of residential care facilities.
  • RTI developed a legal and regulatory framework for the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park. The framework complied with United Arab Emirates and Islamic laws and customs, addressing general park regulations, health and safety issues, laboratory accreditation, environmental management, bioethics, clinical trials, and IP concerns.
  • RTI supports the evolution of health information technology by working to ensure the private and secure exchange of health information.
  • Our experts in health research recognize that mothers and children have special health needs. For more than 15 years, we have been working intensively to find effective ways to meet those needs.
  • Since 1988, RTI has conducted SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the primary source of data on substance use and abuse for government agencies, private organizations, researchers, and public policy makers.
  • RTI’s multidisciplinary tobacco control expertise is helping identify the most cost-effective interventions to curb the global burden of tobacco use.
  • RTI is a leader in malaria control. We help distribute thousands of insecticide-treated bed nets and manage indoor residual spraying efforts across Africa.
  • We are adapting “best evidence” HIV behavioral interventions to various populations, including African-American teens and pregnant women in the U.S., vulnerable women in South Africa, and injection drug–using women in Russia.
  • RTI helps identify patient populations that will benefit from new pharmaceutical products and helps their sponsors measure and communicate product value and gain reimbursement.
  • RTI’s Women’s Global Health Imperative program provides scientific leadership to help women and girls across the globe protect and improve their reproductive health.
  • RTI studies have shown that providing a prevention program to adults with prediabetes at age 50 could significantly reduce the onset of diabetes and would be cost-effective for insurance companies and Medicare.
  • RTI assesses biomarkers of exposure, vulnerabilities, and health status to help generate a more accurate picture of the health experience of populations.
  • RTI addresses neglected tropical diseases among the world’s poor by obtaining and distributing safe drug treatments through the USAID-supported Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Control Program.
  • Recent books authored by RTI staff address some of the key challenges facing public health today.
  • For USAID, RTI is assessing the regulatory and business environments of El Salvador’s 100 largest municipalities. The information gathered will be used to create a ranking tool for business and government to advocate for improved local policies and procedures.
  • For the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, RTI is helping improve future vaccines by studying the effects of genetics on an individual’s immune response to cholera and typhoid vaccines.
  • RTI analyzes more than 2,600 plants, fungi, and bacteria each year in search of anticancer compounds  such as Taxol® and camptothecin™  and other beneficial drugs.
  • RTI researchers have assessed the costs of software bugs to the U.S. economy, the costs and benefits of adopting new Internet standards like IPv6, and the decision processes companies use to determine their level of investment in cyber security.
  • RTI helped move a new drug, PA-824, through clinical trials, bringing the TB Alliance one step closer to an affordable tuberculosis drug for the world’s poorest populations.
  • RTI has developed virtual-reality-based tools to train emergency medical personnel in trauma care and advanced cardiac life support.
  • RTI implemented the National Education Longitudinal Study, tracking 23,000 high school students, assessing the impact of schools, teachers, family, and community on students’ lives and careers in order to improve educational policy and practice.
  • Under the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, RTI is studying the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of preschool-age children, with a view toward improving public policy regarding young children and their families and schools.
  • RTI experts in educational research are working to make schools safe for students and teachers through a randomized, controlled study of violence-prevention programs designed for middle schools.
  • Funded by USAID, RTI is implementing a project to expand Egyptian girls’ access to education, increase enrollment, improve the quality of teaching, and strengthen the education system through participation of parents and communities.
  • RTI is compiling information on the short- and long-term health effects experienced by more than 70,000 people as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center, with a view toward improving care for people exposed to the dust, smoke, and debris.
  • RTI is working with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to survey inmates at correctional facilities across the U.S. to determine the nature and extent of sexual assault among inmates.
  • Each year, RTI conducts statistical analyses in support of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings, a resource used by patients and families to help select hospitals that will provide high-quality services.
  • On behalf of NIH, RTI is collaborating with Duke University researchers to improve medical diagnostics by developing 2-D ultrasound transducers small enough to fit inside a cardiac catheter.
  • RTI conducts breakthrough R&D of novel thermoelectric materials and devices for solid-state cooling and power conversion, which could solve the intrinsic speed limitations of computational devices.
  • RTI RTI researchers are developing novel structures and nanocomposites with the potential to drive revolutionary improvements in air filtration, chemical sensor technologies, and photonic systems.
  • MicroPEM TM Under a grant from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, RTI is further developing our lightweight miniature aerosol sensor for use in studying the relationship between exposure to tiny airborne particles and asthma attacks in children and adults.
  • RTI supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Initiative through R&D in syngas desulfurization, polymer membranes, and carbon capture technologies.
  • RTI is developing a technology for storing hydrogen fuel and improving our hydrogen separation membrane to support the increased use of nonpolluting vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells.
  • RTI operates programs in the U.S. and overseas to monitor the proficiency of forensic drug testing labs and asbestos and lead analysis labs in order to ensure the quality of results.
  • RTI has supported the National Toxicology Program since its inception in 1978, analyzing the safety of more than 80,000 industrial and consumer chemicals registered for use in the U.S.
  • With USAID funding, RTI is training elected officials in all 18 Iraqi provinces, supporting the country’s efforts to establish transparent and efficient local governments.
  • Since 1989, RTI has been supporting national policy reform and effective and accountable local governance in Indonesia.
  • RTI mentors local South African officials to help them improve the performance of their municipalities, enhance revenue streams, and protect citizens’ rights.
  • For the U.S. EPA, RTI developed new methods to study the means and extent to which people are exposed to lead, arsenic, benzene, and other pollutants—information that will advance our understanding of health risks from these chemicals.
  • In partnership with the U.S. EPA, RTI helps reduce detrimental health and environmental effects from pollutants by verifying the environmental performance of commercial-ready air pollution control technologies.
  • RTI is helping the National Park Service protect and enhance the scenic beauty and air quality of U.S. national parks by analyzing air samples collected through a nationwide network of monitoring devices.
  • As a member of the Enterprise Europe Network, RTI connects companies and innovators with the network’s 600 partner organizations to commercialize innovations around the world.