Weekly round-up #17

Weekly round-up #17

It's been an unusually cold week here in the UK, with enough snow falling in Oxfordshire to build snow-women and men, so we hope you've all been keeping toasty - and we're currently even more jealous than usual of those of you who live in the tropics and Southern hemisphere!


It's quietening down for the Christmas break, so just one new event to flag to you -  the 5th International Conference on Neglected Tropical & Infectious Diseases will be held in Boston in August 2018.


We've also spotted a training opportunity in South Africa - the Crick Insitute, UCT & Stellenbosch University are running a Research Methods workshop for Early Career Researchers, particularly those based in Africa. Deadline for applications is 8th Jan.


Funding-wise there are a good few grants of interest closing in January, so make sure you get your applications in (and let us know you've done so):

  • UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants
  • MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF)
  • MRC Infection & Immunity Board New Investigator Research Grants
  • MRC Infection & Immunity Board Partnership Grants
  • MRC Infection & Immunity Board Programme Grants
  • MRC Infections & Immunity Board Research Grants
  • Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships
  • IMPRINT Fellowships
  • ERC Proof of Concept
  • HIC-Vac pump-priming grants

Do check out our external funding webpage, where you can see these and many other funding opportunities in our field.


This week on Twitter we've highlighted a BBC Tomorrow's World discussion about TB, a podcast by Prof Peter Hotez on NTDs and vaccines, an IDRI press release about their clinical trial of new leprosy vaccine LepVax, a report into "Strengthening clinical research capacity in low and middle-income countries" by the Academy of Medical Sciences, a number of interesting journal articles, how a recent survey showed that 1 in 5 Brits still incorrectly believe that autism is linked to vaccination, and how Google's doodles celebrated Robert Koch's Nobel Prize. All this and much more @NetworkValidate.


If you missed our first VALIDATE Seminar - "Correlates of risk of TB disease and their back-translation into animal models"  by Andrea Zelmer and Helen Fletcher from LSHTM - then you can now watch it through our seminar archive, on the righthand side of our seminars webpage.


And a last reminder not to forget that our Fellowship and Mentoring calls both close tomorrow! So get your applications in asap.


Finally, we're now taking a two week break for the UK Christmas holidays, so there will be a short hiatus in your weekly news and on the VALIDATE Twitter feed, but we'll be back in the New Year with lots more news and ideas to improve your research and career in science. So we wish a very happy holidays to all our members and see you in 2018!


Published: 13 December 2017