Weekly round-up #32

Weekly round-up #32

It's been World Immunization Week from 24-30 April, and we've been doing our part to raise awareness about vaccines and vaccine research.


Firstly, we published a blog post "#VaccinesWork - World Immunization Week, Vaccines and VALIDATE" about the importance of vaccines, the 3 million lives they save every year, and how we still desperately need to develop vaccines for VALIDATE's target bugs - those causing TB, leishmaniasis, melioidosis, and leprosy. Take a read, and share the post if you like it!


Secondly, we're joining voices around the world to call on Country Leaders to attend the United Nations' General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Meeting on tuberculosis this Sept. The UNGA meeting follows on from a successful Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow in November 2017, which resulted in high-level commitments from 120 country leaders to accelerate progress to end TB. We need the UNGA to be taken seriously, and to lead to crucial outputs in the fight to end TB, and we're asking all VALIDATE members to push the Leader of their Country to prioritise TB and to attend the meeting in person to signal this prioritisation to other World Leaders. We've given you lots of info and template documents to enable you to take action quickly and easily here; so please take the time to petition your Head of State - and, of course, let us know how you get on.


News this week:



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  • Vaccinology Course - 5-day joint LUMC & University of Oxford Summer School - The Netherlands, 3-7 Sep 2018



  • East African Research in Progress - for early career researchers to present their unpublished research in progress to peers & senior experts in all fields of tropical medicine & global health - Tanzania, 27-29 Sep 2018


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On Twitter we've tweeted/retweeted about: the new Centre for TB Research at the Karolinska Institutet; the role of text messaging in encouraging vaccine uptake; the 2018 EDCTP Forum abstract submission date closes on 4th May; what would happen in a world without vaccines?; lots of infographics and videos for World Immunization Week 2018; and how the Global TB Caucus are calling on all Heads of State to attend the High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis. Follow us @NetworkVALIDATE to keep up to date on all the news in our research field.


Published: 2 May 2018