Weekly round-up #218

ecr summer showcase landscape

ECR Summer Showcase

At VALIDATE, we are very keen to support the research and career development of our members. With this in mind, we have organised the ECR Summer Showcase series of seminars in June and July 2022. In each session, VALIDATE Associates will give a short talk about their research followed by some questions and answers with fellow members. We hope this will be an excellent opportunity for the presenters to showcase their science to their fellow members worldwide and perhaps even inspire new collaborations.

You can register for both sessions on the event webpage - www.validate-network.org/event/ecr-summer-showcase

Session 1: 10:00am BST - 22 June 2022

Chair: Nastassja Kriel

Epidemiological characteristics of melioidosis in Southern Vietnam via the number of culture-confirmed cases at the largest referral general hospital
Dr Nguyen Ho Lam, University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Vietnam

Adjuvants for vaccine: receptor ligand-based molecular interaction to ​​​​​​discover adjuvants ​​​​​for human toll-like receptors
Dr Nidhi Gupta, Central University of Rajasthan, India

Development and application of the mycobacterial growth inhibition assay (MGIA)
Dr Rachel Tanner, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Session 2: 13 July 2022 - 16:00 BST

Chair: Cristian Segura-Cerda

Topic TBA
Ass Prof Nargis Khan, Department of Microbiology, University of Calgary

Using non-human primates for TB Vaccine evaluation
Dr Laura Sibley​​​, UK Health Security Agency, United Kingdom

Generating vaccines against tuberculosis based on our knowledge of mycobacterium biofilms
Dr Cristian Segura-Cerda, CIATEJ, Mexico

Showcase your own work?: Do you have some exciting research you want to share with fellow VALIDATE members? Have taken part in or led a fascinating project? Why not get in touch with VALIDATE and organise your own showcase - validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk.



  • NIH Global Infectious Disease Research Training Funding - This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages joint applications for the Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training programs from U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions - deadline 3 July 2022
  • BactiVac Catalyst Funding for Pump-Priming Projects - Catalyst funding for pump-priming projects is available to support collaborations between Network members in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines research - deadline 10 July 2022
  • Wellcome Career Development Awards - This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders - deadline 21 July 2022

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

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:

Leishmaniasis is skyrocketing in Panama and University of Pittsburgh researchers had a breakthrough in TB immunology (also reported in Drug Target Review). Bill Gates looked to the movies for ideas to fight the next pandemic, in the wake of COVID, the Manila Times called for more focus on TB, and the Star newspaper in Kenya discussed the popularity of BCG. VALIDATE Investigator Siobhan McClean celebrated the start of Bactivax’s meeting in University College Dublin, Nature Careers had advice for selecting your next researcher collaborator, and the WHOs Leprosy Goodwill ambassador was recognised with the Director General’s award for Global Health. Keep up to date with all the relevant news and opportunities by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter.

Published: 25 May 2022