Resources

Resources

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Here we list resources that our members might find useful - if you spot anything else that we should add to this page, or create a new resource, send it to us at validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk so that we can share it with all of our members!

 

For VALIDATE members, slides (and some videos) from our Annual Meetings and Workshops can be found on the VALIDATE Document Library on Weblearn.

 

 

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NIHR Essential Guide to Grant Applications - open access talks on YouTube with more sessions to be added soon

MRC career and funding advice - interactive framework for exploring possible options for careers and funding in biomedical research

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral research advice page - lots of information about postdoctoral research, including what the experience might entail, what Wellcome Trust funding options are available, researcher stories and options for beyond postdoctoral research.

The Global Health Network - offers free e-learning, forums, and help documents for things like GCP, study design, setting up clinical trials, laboratories, professional development and much more.

YouTube video: How to win funds and influence panels

YouTube video: Mock interview for an MRC Cinical Research Training Fellowship

 

 

 

The Immunological Toolbox - to provide accurate data on currently available reagents alongside the capacity to expand the veterinary reagent portfolie through the production and characterisation of new immunological reagents, new tools and assays to promote research

GCRF Online Community Platform - to facilitate researchers, professionals, etc, to network around the themes and funding calls of the GCRF, based aorund 6 topics including Global Health

TB Prevention Pipeline Report 2018

Nature Melioidosis Primer

Open Access training session - YouTube video showing a training session given to Oxford BRC researchers in June 2018 by two members of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries

TB Vaccine Development Pathway - an interactive assessment process to track progress and make decisions on the advancement of a TB vaccine candidate to its next stage of development.

TB Diagnostics Critical Pathway - a virtual knowledge management tool to document a  TB diagnostic innovator's path to the rapid introduction and widespread scale-up of promising new TB tools, indicating the critical activities, stakeholders and resources along the pathway

The Global Health Network - offers free e-learning, forums, and help documents for things like GCP, study design, setting up clinical trials, laboratories, professional development and much more.

Vaccine Development Process Map - interactive process map, developed by the UK Vaccine R&D Network, showing key stages in vaccine development up to Phase III clinical trials.

"Vaccine" Animated short film and narrative highlighting research and fieldwork for Leishmaniasis (VALIDATE member Mohamed Osman voices the first-half of the narration!)

Immunological Toolbox - a repository of antibodies, other reagents and resources that aims to remove barriers to veterinary development by facilitating information exchanve and collaboraton and to promote veterinary immunology research with a curated platform.

 

Our sister GCRF Vaccinology Networks are:

BactiVac - a global bacterial vaccinology network bringing together members based in academic, industry and policy sectors to accelerate the development of vaccines against bacterial infections relevant to LMICs

HIC VAC - an international network of researchers who are developing human infection challenge (HIC) studies to accelerate the development of vaccines against pathogens of high global impact

IMmunising Pregnant Women and Infants Network (IMPRINT) - a network focusing on maternal and neonatal immunisation

International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) -  a network to facilitate the formation of collaborations to improve vaccine design and development for major livestock and zoonotic diseases in LMICs

 

Other networks that may be of interest:

Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) - a cross-university platform for academic and research collaborations between the University of Oxford and African researchers and institutions

African Science Initiative (ASI) - an African-led project seeking to facilitate and promote networking between young African scientists from all around the world. Features an online networking platform that enourages direct interaction between scientists

British Society for Immunology (BSI) - mission is to promote excellence in immunological research, scholarship and clinical practice in order to improve human and animal health

Operational Excellence Working Group for Leprosy - the objective of this working group is to foster the development, use, scale-up, monitoring, and evaluation of best practices and promising innovations in national leprosy control programmes

 

 

The VALIDATE team often receive queries about what non-native English speakers can do to improve on their language skills, something that can be key to progressing a research career. We have compiled a list of ideas and websites that might be of use to help members achieve a better standard of English.

 

Useful websites:

  • www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish - choose from a variety of levels, learning methods, and topics
  • learnenglish.britishcouncil.org - designed for adult learners, with a section specifically for building research skills
  • www.duolingo.com - particularly useful for learning and practicing vocabulary
  • TED Talks on Youtube - when watching a video click on the three dots to the right of the video title and select "Open transcript". Transcripts are often auto-generated, but tend to be fairly accurate. The transcript will automatically scroll through as the talk goes on and you can skip back to replay any part that you my have missed or need to hear again.

 

Other learning ideas:

  • Read as much as possible - news stories, books, magazine articles, journal articles; anything that you find interesting. If something is too hard to read at first, find something simpler, then gradually build up to academic works. If reading online there are many browser add-ons that will allow you to look up the translation of a word by hovering over it, but always check reliable dictionaries for anything particularly complex. Make sure to note down any unusual or interesting vocabulary
  • Find out if there are any courses offered in your local area, or through your organisation
  • Practice speaking with English speakers (either native or fluent) - there might be visiting students or researchers at your organisation, or English conversation groups in your area
  • Identify a reliable two-language dictionary, either online or hard copy - as you progress to higher level practice materials you will come across some words that need more explanation than a simple word-to-word direct translation
  • Watch British films, TV shows, video clips, the news - anything to practice listening to natural spoken English
  • If you get the chance to go on a training course or lab exchange in an English-speaking country find out if you can add a language course to your training, and make good use of your exposure to so many native or fluent English speakers!
  • Don't forget grammar - not having a grasp of basic English grammar rules comes across very clearly in written pieces, so remember to learn and practice some rules alongside building vocabulary, listening skills, and speaking confidence