Weekly round-up #49

Macrophage englufing tuberculosis

Weekly round-up #49


Registration for the 2nd VALIDATE Annual Meeting has now closed. The meeting, on 6-7 November 2018, promises to be an exciting and valuable opportunity for delegates so it's fantastic so many VALIDATE members have registered, and we look forward to seeing you in York next month!


In other news, our travel scholarships for the GCRF Networks Vaccinology Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, have been awarded, so congratulations to the following successful applicants:

Professor Gobena Ameni (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Dr Raph Hamers (Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, University of Oxford), Van Le (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam), Farah Isse Mumin (Red Sea University, Somalia), Dr Erni Nelwan (Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta), Francis Nkemengo Nongley (University of Buea, Cameroon), and Dr Laura Sibley (PHE, UK).




  • The Michelson Prizes - Scientific awards of $150 000 given annually to young investigators under age 35 who are applying disruptive research concepts and inventive processes to advance vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases - deadline 29 Oct 2018
  • Crick PhD Studentships - Funding for successful Crick PhD programme applicants - four years of tuition fees and £22,000 tax-free living allowance per year - 13 Nov 2018

All relevant external funding opportunities we find are listed on our website


Don't forget that the current VALIDATE Training Grant call closes soon on 29 October. Open to VALIDATE Associates, training grants give up to £3,000 to attend a course or workshop, visit another VALIDATE member's laboratory to learn a new technique or assay, visit one of our industry partners, present at a conference - or any other career development opportunity. Grants cover travel and subsistence, visas, registration fees and any other costs involved. Find out more about these grants and how to apply here



Training Opportunities:

Check out our training opportunities page for more training ideas.




IPBS Seminar Series - Latest perspectives on TB and HIV/TB co-infection from Cape Town, IPBS, France - by VALIDATE members Prof Katalin Wilkinson and Prof Robert Wilkinson - 26 Oct 2018


Job Opportunities




TBVAC2020: Advancing Tuberculosis Vaccines from Discovery to Clinical Development. By VALIDATE members Hazel M. Dockrell, Helen McShane, Jelle Thole and collaborators



Spotted on Twitter this week: find out if you are eligible to apply for BBSRC's mid-range equipment initiative if you need equipment costing over £200k + VAT; listen to a podcast about the batte to raise awareness of melioidosis by Carrie Arnold; on World Mental Health Awareness Day American Leprosy highlighted the need to help leprosy and other NTD sufferers who often are affected by profound mental anguish; read about the PEOPLE consortium working on improving treatment of leprosy in the Comoros and Madagascar; find out about The African Science Initiative that went live on Oct 11; read a guide on how to write a thorough peer review on Nature's website; check out Heidi Larson's article on the dramatic drop in public confidence after Philippines dengue vaccine controversy; and PLOS Pathogens published an interesting paper "Concurrent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis confers robust protection against secondary infection in macaques".

All this and more on our Twitter account: @NetworkVALIDATE


Published: 17 October 2018