Weekly round-up #120

Happy birthday VALIDATE!

Weekly Round-up #120


Welcome to VALIDATE Weekly Round-up #120. This week it’s our birthday!


VALIDATE launched on 1 June 2017 with 36 members in 10 countries. Since then we have grown to over 380 members in 51 countries. As we mentioned in last week’s round up and in our June newsletter, we will be spending the week celebrating our successes on social media.

So please wish us a happy birthday using the #HappyBirthdayVALIDATE on Twitter and LinkedIn and share your VALIDATE stories and pictures.

Welcome to our newest members

This week we are very pleased to welcome two Network Investigators to the VALIDATE Community.

  • Prof Heidi Larson is director of The Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at LSHTM in the UK, and researches vaccine confidence and hesitancy.
  • Prof Mario Alberto Flores-Valdez is based at CIATEJ in Mexico. One of Mario’s research focuses has been to determine whether biofilms are relevant for infection produced by M. tuberculosis-complex bacteria.

New VALID8 interviews

As part of our 3rd birthday revelries we have published two more VALID8 Interviews. We have sat down with two members, one at the very beginning of their career and one established as a world-renowned vaccine researcher:

  • Moagi Shaku is a VALIDATE Network Affiliate and PhD candidate at the Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Witwatersrand University, South Africa. In his VALID8 interview Moagi talks about the importance of creativity and his work on the next generation of TB vaccines.
  • Prof Helen McShane is VALIDATE’s Network Director and Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, UK. Helen talks about working with patients, leadership and leading the first MVA85A efficacy trial in 3,000 infants.


There is more information on other funding opportunities on our regularly updated funding opportunities.


Training Opportunities and Events:

Check out our regularly updated Training Opportunities and Events pages.

Job Opportunities

Our jobs page has details of all the latest roles relevant to our members.




We are very keen to highlight the research of our members on our Publications Page. If you have any publications you would like to share, email validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk.

Highlights on Twitter this week

We started this week with our #HappyBirthdayVALIDATE campaign by first showcasing how much our network has grown in our three years. We also shared our new “Benefits of Membership” infographic, promoted our equipment exchange programme, shared information about the VALIDATE co-funded Vaccine Hesitancy Research Project and dug into the archive to share our 2019 World Leprosy Day interviews with Dr Hua Wang and Dr Rachel Tanner. We recieved birthday wishes from ISNTD and a lovely testimonial from one of our members. Outside of our birthday celebrations we shared an excellent interview with member Dr Wynand Goosen and retweeted a tongue-in-cheek fake 'news-clipping' purporting that it is possible to have a life while being a PhD student. We will continue to celebrate 3 years of VALIDATE successes on Twitter @NetworkVALIDATE and on LinkedIn, so do connect with us if you're on these platforms.


Published: 3 June 2020