Weekly Round-up #126
In this week's round-up we welcome a new VALIDATE Investigator and you will find the usual mix of news and career opportunities.
Welcome Prof Sheila Nathan
Prof Nathan, VALIDATE's latest Investigator, is based at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, making Malaysia the 53rd VALIDATE country! Prof Nathan's research focusses primarily on the gram-negative tropical pathogens including Burkholderia pseudomallei, it's mechanism of pathogenesis and how it interacts within the infected host.
You can find out more on Prof Nathan's VALIDATE Profile Page.
If you think any of your colleagues or collaborators would be a great addition to VALIDATE, let them know about the benefits of VALIDATE membership and encourage them to join.
Apologies that we had some technical issues with the VALIDATE Summer Seminars registration forms. These are now all resolved and you still have time to register for our upcoming talks:
Sign up for both via our seminars page.
WHO Public Call - Diagnostic accuracy on nucleic acid amplification tests to detect TB and resistance to selected anti-TB agents
Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) are promising technologies for the rapid and accurate detection of TB and resistance to selected anti-TB agents. In December 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a Guidelines Development Group (GDG) meeting to update its diagnostic guidelines on the use of NAATs to detect TB and resistance to selected anti-TB agents. Ahead of this meeting, WHO will commission reviews of relevant evidence on diagnostic accuracy for several NAAT assays. Relevant data can be sent to email@example.com by 1st August 2020 and find out more on the WHO Website.
Funding is still negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but we are expecting more opportunities as the lock-down is lifted and we will keep you up-to-date on our funding page.
Designing and developing a high-resolution melting technique for accurate identification of Leishmania species by targeting amino acid permease 3 and cytochrome oxidase II genes using real-time PCR and in silico genetic evaluation, Ghafari SM et al, in Acta Tropica
Factors that influence vaccination decision-making among pregnant women: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Kilich E et al, including VALIDATE Members Heidi Larson and Sara Dada, in Plos One
A second generation leishmanization vaccine with a markerless attenuated Leishmania major strain using CRISPR gene editing, Zhang WW et al, in Nature Communications
Burkholderia pseudomallei multi-centre study to establish EUCAST MIC and zone diameter distributions and epidemiological cut-off (ECOFF) values, Karatuna O et al, in Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Protection against mycobacterial infection: A case-control study of mycobacterial immune responses in pairs of Gambian children with discordant infection status despite matched TB exposure, VALIDATE Member Basu Roy et al in EBioMedicine
Vaccines against parasites, Tizard IR, Chapter 22 of Vaccines for Veterinarians 2021
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Published: 15 July 2020