Weekly round-up #252

World Leprosy Day / World NTD Day


World Leprosy Day & World NTD

On Sunday and Monday this week, VALIDATE will be joining partners around the world and mark two important world days.

For World Leprosy Day 2023 on Sundaythe Theme is “Act Now. End Leprosy.” This year's theme calls attention to three key messages:

  1. Elimination is possible: We have the power and tools to stop transmission and defeat this disease.
  2. Act now: We need the resources and commitment to end leprosy. Prioritize leprosy elimination.
  3. Reach the unreached: Leprosy is preventable and treatable. Suffering from leprosy is needless.

Find out more on the WHO world Leprosy day site and take part on twitter using the #WorldLeprosyDay hastag.

For World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day 2023 on Monday, we will be on Twitter and Linked in promoting this year's theme - Act now. Act together. Invest in neglected tropical diseases. Two of our focus pathogens, leishmaniasis and leprosy, are on the list of NTDs and there are also calls to add melioidosis to the list.

Find out more about this year's activities on the World NTD Day website, and join us and others on Twitter using the #WorldNTDDay and #BeatNTDs hashtags!


Manabu Ato

VALID8 - Behind the Scenes with Professor Manabu Ato

VALID8 is our series of interviews where we ask our member's 8 questions about their life in research. In this special VALID8 for World Leprosy Day 2023, Manabu Ato talks about the mysterious Mycobacteria lerprae, the need to be vigilant, and his work creating a vaccine that would not only help fight leprosy but other pathogens.

Read Manabu's interview here.





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 event opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

Other relevant career opportunities are 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:

Scientific American reported on the potential use of BCG to combat diabetes (also reported by Medical Dialogues India, The Star Kenya reported on the WHO  fast-tracking the development of a TB vaccine, and the World Economic Forum shared a video about ending TB. Nature Careers discussed the benefits of Imposter Syndrome, we shared the Vaccine Knowledge project’s report on BCG, and Vax Before Travel discussed the role of BCG in combatting TB in Alaska. We shared DW News’ video on vaccines in Africa, and The Vos Lab released an open access list of bacterial pathogensKeep up to date with all the relevant news and opportunities by following @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter.


Published: 25 January 2023