Weekly round-up #41

Weekly round-up #41

VALIDATE's latest pump-priming and training grant calls have now been awarded, so huge congratulations to our round #2 pump-priming grantees:


  1. Identification of Leishmania donovani and Mycobacterium tuberculosis- derived proteins on the surface of infected macrophages that are associated with ADCC induction - Led by Dr Mohamed Osman (University of York), with Prof Paul Kaye (University of York), Dr John Pearl (University of Leicester) and Prof Andrea Cooper (University of Leicester)
  2. In vivo protection studies of chimeric Burkholderia pseudomallei antigens presenting multiple epitopes on protein scaffolds and outer membrane vesicles - Led by Prof Gregory Bancroft (LSHTM), with Assistant Prof Louise Gourlay (University of Milan), Prof Martino Bolognesi (University of Milan), Prof Giorgio Colombo (University of Pavia), and Assistant Prof Ganjana Lertmemongkolchai (Khon Kaen University)
  3. Vaccines to target people with diabetes: characterising the pathways of immune response to M. tuberculosis and B. pseudomallei in people with diabetes compared to non-diabetics - Led by Associate Prof Susanna Dunachie (University of Oxford), with Assistant Prof Jacqueline Cliff (LSHTM), and Prof Gregory Bancroft (LSHTM)


We look forward to seeing the exciting data that these projects will generate. Our next pump-priming grant call will open in December 2018, after our next VALIDATE annual meeting (6-7 November 2018) at which there'll be plenty of opportunities for our members to network, find new collaborators, and pull together innovative projects for application.


Congratulations also go to our latest training grant recipient, Dr Djibril Wade, who will use the grant to attend a Human & Veterinary Vaccinology course in the UK. 


Meanwhile on Monday VALIDATE Director, Prof Helen McShane, and Network Manager, Sam Vermaak, joined the other GCRF Vaccine Network Directors and Managers, our funders (the MRC and BBSRC), as well as representatives from the Gates Foundation, UK Department of Health, Wellcome, Innovate UK, the EPSRC, and the two newly funded Vaccine Manufacturing Hubs for an interesting and informative cross-network meeting. Lots of ideas will be coming out of this meeting over the coming months so watch this space! 


Other news this week:



  • NC3Rs Training Fellowships - for 3Rs research by early career researcher (researchers can be international but must be based at a UK institute) - closes 12 Sept 2018

We list all the external grant calls we find that might be relevant for our members on our external funding list.


Training Opportunities:


Events: registration will open shortly for the VALIDATE 2nd Annual Meeting (6-7 November 2018, plus a workshop on the 5th for our Associate and student members), so block this out in your diary!


Job Opportunities


On Twitter this week we've highlighted: an AMS joint report on how the UK can strengthen its role in accelerating vaccine development to combat infectious disease; an IVVN blog post where Prof Gary Entrican discusses his career in ruminant immunology and vaccinology; a pro-vaccination GP's sign that has gone viral; a BSI survey for members to feedback their thoughts on the BSI's work; a TB infographic to get your facts right ahead of the UNGA High Level Meeting on TB; how a UK researcher is on a mission to create a better gender balance in Wikipedia's listed scientists, by writing 270 pages about female scientists a year!; a Telegraph article counting vaccines as a top 10 global health positive story, counteracting the doom and gloom around human health; new MRC scientist profiles; how concerns about one vaccine can knock confidence in other vaccines; the launch of an MDR-TB clinical trial capacity building website series; and an interesting twitter stream where hundreds of academics have posted advice they would give to their younger selves. If you're on twitter do follow us @NetworkVALIDATE to easily keep up to date on all the news in the field.


Published: 1 August 2018