Weekly round-up #195

tokyo seminar

VALIDATE Seminar - Vaccine Development and Sero-diagnosis of Leprosy

On 30 November 2021, Dr Yumi Maeda from the Leprosy Research Center National at the Tokyo Institute of Infectious Diseases, spoke to VALIDATE members and other researchers from around the world in VALIDATE's fInal seminar of 2021. Dr Maeda discussed and how her team has constructed a recombinant BCG that secretes Major Membrane Protein-II of M. leprae, and found that it was effective in inhibiting the growth of M. leprae in mice footpads.

VALIDATE members can watch the seminar when we upload the video on the Hub next week. 


  • MDPI Vaccines 2022 TraveI Awards - Financial support to attend an international conference in the field of vaccine research to be held in 2022 in order to hold a presentation, present a poster, or both – deadline 31 December 2021
  • Global Learning Scholarship Program - opportunities for scientists and researchers from low- and middle-income countries to access the latest ideas, science, technology and partnerships to make a positive impact on fighting global disease -  various deadlines throughout 2022
  • MRC Experimental Medicine Funding Call -  address gaps in our understanding of the causes, progression and treatment of human disease through experimental intervention, or challenge, in humans – deadline 19 January 2022

You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.​​​​​​

    Training Opportunities and Events:

    Find more training and events opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

    There are many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.


    Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.


    Highlights on Twitter this week:

    We had some more Twitter activity surrounding our BCG Adventures Games: Science writer Fleur Templeton shared the games and we released the latest trailer. We also launched Little Lille on Steam with numerous Twitter accounts sharing the news including the Jenner Vaccine Trials, The Dollar Game Store (the game’s developer), SteamReleases, Steam Micro Trailers, and celebrated the game trending on the Steam Website. WriteThatPhD had some more advice for writing a research proposal and how to do systematic reviews. Nature Careers discussed how burnout and imposter syndrome blight science careers and shared their collection of articles from and about women in science. Stay up to date with all the relevant news and opportunities by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter.


    Published: 1 December 2021