Weekly round-up #85

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Weekly round-up #85


Firstly, a reminder that the 4th and final round of VALIDATE Pump-Priming grants is currently live! Members can apply for up to £50,000 for research relevant to VALIDATE's remit and four focus pathogens, to gain proof-of-concept, or initial/pilot data that will help you to go on to larger funding applications to external agencies. We particularly encourage projects led by LMIC and/or post-doc members. The deadline for applications is 4pm (UK) on the 22nd of October 2019. To find out more, and to apply, take a look at the call webpage


Meanwhile, it's been a busy week with Annual Meeting and Conference spaces filling up, and plenty more people applying to become a member of VALIDATE. So a warm welcome to:

Associates: Vincenzo Torraca (LSHTM, UK), Samuel Harrison (Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana), Sarunporn Tandhavanant (Mahidol University, Thailand), Luciana Balboa (Institute of Experimental Medicine-CONICET, Argentina) and Rachel Okojie (University of Benin, Nigeria).

Affiliates: Craig Watkins (Moredun Research Institute, UK), Paulina Estrada de los Santos (Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico), Tushar Shaw (Kasturba Medical College, India), Stanley Kimbung (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Isabel Cuella Martin (University of Oxford, UK) and Nassira Belmessabih (Pasteur Institute of Algeria, Algeria).

We look forward to working with all of you in assisting in your research/career development.



Find all other funding opportunities on our external funding page.


Training Opportunities:

Nothing new this week, but visit our training opportunities page for further ideas to develop your career.




Visit our events page for all the other events coming up in our field.


Job Opportunities: 

To view all current vacancies visit our job webpage.


Our publications page highlights papers of interest by our members and in the fields of our focus pathogens.


Highlights on Twitter this week: The European Commission is inviting online feedback on the 'Inception Impact Assessment of the EU-Africa Global Health Partnership' until Aug 27; Prof Abhay Satoskar in The Ohio State University College of Medicine has received $4.25 million in grant funding for leishmaniasis vaccine research and trials; a new 'ground-breaking' drug regimen has been approved by US regulators to combat drug resistant TB; read about why India's battle against leprosy is far from over; an article on vaccine hesitancy 'Anti-vaccination: a needless waste of life'; the World Health Organisation has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten threats to global health; read an open access repository on developing a framework for critiquing health research; Nature addresses why organising a scientific conference can produce huge benefits; BSI's CEO Doug Brown discusses the best remedy against anti-vaxxers; and a fantastic article on why we need to increase diversity in the immunology research community. Take a look at our Twitter feed @NetworkVALIDATE to stay fully up to date.


Published: 21 Aug 2019