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Conference on Innovations in Tuberculosis, 3-5 July 2024, Kampala, Uganda.

Wed, Mar 13, 2024

This conference aims to provide a platform to disseminate clinically relevant innovations and discuss their translation and implementation in Africa.

The program is tailored to region-specific epidemic patterns,available biomedical tools, and healthcare settings.

It offers a space for local investigators, including junior researchers, to share their research and build  sustainable regional collaborations.

Abstract submission is open until 12 April 2024.

Further information, including the preliminary program is available here

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Tue, Feb 13, 2024

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is a fellowship program that supports educational projects in African higher education institutions. This is an opportunity for African-born scholars living in the U.S. or Canada to travel to Africa to work on a project in one of the following: Innovations in curriculum co-development, new approaches and methods to graduate mentoring and training, and impactful research collaboration and capacity strengthening. Learn more.

Deadline: 4 March 2024



EDCTP Fellows' Meeting 2023 report

Mon, Feb 5, 2024

The Eleventh EDCTP Forum in Paris, France, was preceded by two special events on Tuesday, 7 November 2023: the Fellows Alumni Meeting, focusing on the EDCTP fellowship programme, and the meeting of the EDCTP-Africa CDC Master’s Fellows in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, a fellowship programme run in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The report of the meeting is now available.

Download the meeting report »

Fellow profile: Professor Richard Phillips (Ghana)

Mon, Feb 5, 2024

EDCTP Fellow Professor Richard Phillips has established an extensive programme of research on Buruli ulcer in Ghana, in partnership with collaborators in Europe. His research has provided significant input into WHO-recommended treatments for Buruli ulcer. On the occasion of World NTD Day 30 January 2024, we asked Professor Phillips how his EDCTP Fellowship is helping advance his research to shorten the treatment of Buruli ulcer.

 

Professor Phillips, what inspired you to pursue a career in science?

Richard Phillips (RP): I think it all started when I was a young boy. I remember being fascinated when I accompanied my Mum on trips to research stations as part of her work investigating Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that affected cocoa and other plants, thereby reducing productivity. She once went off to Marburg in Germany to present a paper at a conference which I found an exciting career. My parents encouraged me to be a medical doctor which I completed in 1993. I always thought that taking on a career in science would be intellectually stimulating and would help me create new knowledge that would contribute to society.

 

I was very fortunate to have been trained and mentored by internationally renowned research scientists who encouraged me early in my career. I developed my interest in Buruli ulcer in 1997 when together with colleagues from St George’s hospital in London we established an outreach program to detect early skin lesions, which could be excised on the spot in endemic villages. This was linked to an educational program, teaching villagers to recognize Buruli ulcer at this early stage. This highly successful project was a collaboration between the KNUST, the Ghana Ministry of Health and St George’s. The work which was published in 2003 became a model for management of early disease and has subsequently been adopted by the Ministry of Health National Buruli ulcer program for other endemic districts. In 2002, I successfully competed for the Wellcome Trust Training Research Fellowship for Scientists from Developing Countries with which I completed my PhD between 2002 and 2005 under the supervision of Dr Wansbrough-Jones at St George’s in the UK who also became my career mentor. This was a major turning point in my career. Coming from a clinical background the PhD studies gave me invaluable hands-on experience in immunology, molecular biology, and microbiology. When I returned to Ghana after my PhD studies concerning the immunopathogenesis of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease in 2005, I was determined to link ongoing studies of the disease with improved management and I took the lead in setting up a growing network of treatment centres in endemic areas where young physician specialists work with health workers to diagnose and manage M. ulcerans disease. I encouraged suitable physician specialists to participate in collaborative research projects and to obtain training in research methods.

 

Why did you apply for an EDCTP Fellowship?

RP: Establishing a sustainable research programme in Africa requires funding. The Senior Fellowship would establish continuity with the output from previous research investments, and more recently the research supported by the MRC/DFID African Research Leader award.

The EDCTP Fellowship would develop my ability to initiate, design, plan and execute a complex clinical research programme through collaboration with others including WHO.

The Fellowship would be a potential game changer in the management and outcomes of Buruli ulcer patients. The data will be relevant to making important decisions that will influence the care of patients.

I wanted training and capacity building to form an important part of this project particularly as there is a paucity of such skills in the area of neglected infectious diseases. This Fellowship was going to have a significant impact on the pool of trained trainers. In addition, the award would help in supporting the careers of master’s students, doctoral scientists, clinicians and visiting researchers at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR). This Senior Fellowship would open the door for increased networking between southern and northern collaborators and improve my chances of attracting additional funds from other sources.

 

How is this Senior Fellowship embedded in the broader efforts to shorten treatment of Buruli ulcer?

RP: Antibiotic treatment introduced over the last twenty years has transformed the outlook for patients with Buruli ulcer. Between 2000 and 2004 increasing evidence from studies in an animal model and a proof-of-concept study in humans led to the WHO recommendation to use oral rifampicin together with intramuscular streptomycin daily for 8 weeks to treat Buruli ulcer disease in humans. Controlled clinical trials carried out between 2006 and 2017 in Ghana and Benin led to the implementation of fully oral therapy with rifampicin and clarithromycin daily for 8 weeks (published in The Lancet in 2020).

Although the disease can be cured in most patients who adhere to this regimen, healing rates are highly variable even in patients with seemingly similar lesions.

Preliminary evidence from my studies in Ghana indicates two main factors contributing to variability in the healing rate, the bacterial load at baseline and the development of paradoxical reactions, with renewed inflammation, despite progressive bacterial killing by antibiotics. Eight weeks of daily combination antibiotics is also considered programmatically and logistically challenging. Shortening antibiotic therapy in Buruli ulcer treatment is the number one priority for WHO.  One approach to solving this problem would be to enhance the killing of M. ulcerans. To address this, three clinical trials are currently ongoing.

As part of my EDCTP Fellowship, I have implemented a controlled clinical trial (BuruliNox) testing the use of a novel nitric oxide-generating wound dressing (EDX dressing) together with standard oral antibiotic treatment. EDX dressing promotes healing through three recognised activities: the vascular component, whereby NO influences blood vessel vasodilatation and stimulates angiogenesis, the inflammatory component whereby NO can influence the host immune response, and the antimicrobial effect, whereby NO demonstrates potent, broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, specifically including M. ulcerans. The hypothesis is that Buruli ulcer patients who receive this EDX dressing with rifampicin and clarithromycin would have quicker killing of M. ulcerans and faster healing.

The Senior Fellow also secured funding with other collaborators and implemented two other studies aimed at treatment shortening i) testing the use higher dose (20mg/kg) rifampicin instead of 10mg/kg in the current treatment regimen for 4 weeks (BuruliRiFDACC) supported by NIHR UK ii) testing the use of triple antibiotic therapy with rifampicin(10mg/kg), clarithromycin and Amoxycillin Clavulinic acid for 4 weeks (BLMS4BU) supported by ANESVAD Spain.

A successful outcome of these studies would lead to a major shift in the duration of Buruli ulcer treatment.


How many students and junior researchers were you able to mentor as part of your fellowship, and where are they now?

RP: I have mentored 17 PhDs during my EDCTP Fellowship (2 completed, 7 to complete in 2024, 2 to finish in 2025 and 6 to finish in 2026).  Three of these were directly sponsored by my Fellowship and are submitting their thesis in 2024.

During my Fellowship 10 MPhil completed training (2 were funded by the Fellowship, 8 were funded through other research grants held at KCCR in KNUST). Nine out of ten trained MPhils are doing their PhDs on other grants. One is awaiting the opportunity to do a PhD and currently leads one of our studies on Leprosy. Thirteen MPhil students are currently in training (8 have submitted already, 5 are to submit their thesis in 2024)

My junior scientists have been diligent in applying themselves to all tasks assigned to them. My experience in developing students and junior researchers continues to grow.

 

 

How has this Senior Fellowship allowed you to progress to a position of leadership locally, regionally, or globally?

RP: The EDCTP Senior Fellowship award has helped me to maintain the momentum and advance my research.


Local: I gained promotion from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor and in 2020 as Full Professor in Medicine. I was appointed Director of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. KCCR is a joint venture between the KNUST, the Ministry of Health Ghana and the Bernard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany. KCCR employs about 400 staff. I provided leadership for this highly successful research centre throughout my EDCTP Fellowship. I led and navigated KCCR through the difficult periods of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in local, national and international recognition of the Centre as the second-largest PCR testing centre in Ghana. I received an award from the President of Ghana on behalf of the Centre in 2023, for outstanding contribution to the Nation during COVID-19 pandemic. I was a Member of the Ghana National COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Committee that provided oversight and technical direction to the COVID-19 testing laboratories during the pandemic.

KCCR currently hosts the secretariat for the African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD). I serve as a member of the Management Board member for Network of African Researchers for Neglected Tropical Diseases (www.arntd.org). ARNTD runs a small grants programme (SGP funded by USAID) for African Scientists to support early career researchers working on Neglected tropical diseases.

Currently, I am Vice Chair of the Ghana IntraCountry Coordinating Committee (ICCC) for NTDs, a high-level body that reports to the Minister for Health in Ghana.


Regional: I served as a member of the NTD Regional Programme Review Group (RPRG) established by WHO.


International: I am currently Vice Chair of the WHO Working Group on treatment of Skin Neglected Tropical Disease

I have given lectures/talks at international meetings such as the WHO Annual meeting on SkinNTDs, European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene(ASTMH), American Society of Microbiology(ASM) and the World Health Summit


Research: The quality of my research outputs has gained increasing recognition. My authored/co-authored peer-reviewed publications have increased from 112 to over 220 publications. My most influential paper has increased from 265 to 2022 citations.


Grant reviewer role: I reviewed grants for UK National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR), The Wellcome Trust, African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) small grants programme, Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Research Development Fellowship and the KNUST Research Fund (KREF).


Editorial roles: I served in different roles for PLOS NTD. I served as Associate Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease, Deputy Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease, Section Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease and Academic Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease.


What would you like your legacy to be?

RP: Considering the lack of a critical mass of research scientists, particularly in the area of neglected infectious diseases, I am passionate about leaving behind a legacy of “homegrown” world-class researchers who can address pressing research questions in Africa. Indeed, the generation of local research and the ability to innovate and use research results are essential for good policy-making and ultimately for better health outcomes.

In the field of Buruli ulcer disease, my vision is to see highly improved management of the disease with respect to its diagnostic confirmation, treatment and care such that all patients have access to easily delivered and highly effective management. I am optimistic that this can be realized in my lifetime considering the recent advances and new insights in research.

Global Health EDCTP3 JU - Info days 6 & 7 February 2024

Wed, Jan 31, 2024

On 6 February 2024 and 7 February Global Health EDCTP3 and partners will host a series of information sessions (Info days). The events aim to provide potential applicants with information on the Global Health EDCTP3 calls for proposals under 2024 WorkProgramme, as well as information on eligibility criteria and other relevant administrative matters.

To register visit  https://globalhealth-edctp3.eu/

DSI-NRF Centre for Excellence in Human Development: apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship (submission deadline: 10 January 2024)

Tue, Dec 5, 2023

The DSI-NRF Centre for Excellence in Human Development seeks to appoint several full-time postdoctoral researchers.
This programme fellowship aims to develop postdocs to senior researcher level within 2 years.
All fellowships will involve mentoring, academic writing, project planning/implementation, data analyses and career strategy formulation.
The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Shane Norris and Dr Khuthala Mabetha as programme mentors.

Fellowship details

South African nationality candidates are eligible.

Social sciences, epidemiology, and health sciences.

Skills and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative methods and strong statistical experience will be an advantage.

Candidates should demonstrate collegiality and willingness to work as part of a peer team.

Track record of publication will be an advantage.

Johannesburg-based in person.

The postdoctoral fellowship is tax-free for a total of 2 years.

Completion of PhD is a pre-requisite.

Submission deadline: 10 January 2024


Applicants are requested to submit the following documents

1. Copy of your South African ID book.

2. Copies of your qualifications and academic transcript.

3. Cover letter detailing why you wish to join such a programme.


Contact details

Only applications that include the above requirements will be considered.

Applicants should submit their documents and direct their enquires to Dr Khuthala Mabetha; email: coe.human@wits.ac.za, using the subject heading: “CoE-Human: Application postdoctoral fellowship”.



Call for applications: Networks of research excellence in epidemic and pandemic sciences across Africa

Mon, Nov 20, 2023

The Science for Africa Foundation, in partnership with the Pandemic Sciences Institute at the University of Oxford and the Mastercard Foundation, is releasing a call to establish networks of research excellence in epidemic and pandemic sciences across Africa. Funds are offered for up to six years for or the Epidemic Science Leadership and Innovation Networks (EPSILONs), which aim to nurture and promote world-class epidemic and pandemic sciences research and innovation in Africa.  
  
The networks will nurture and promote world-class epidemic and pandemic sciences research and innovation in Africa, building a critical mass of experts across the continent to address ongoing health challenges whilst strengthening capabilities to respond to future infectious diseases health threats.   
  
Activities will contribute to developing communities of practice across academia and industry that may be leveraged for long-term collaboration and during future outbreaks to respond to urgent research and policy needs.     
  
Preliminary applications are welcomed from visionary consortia, led by outstanding African scientists, to build their own programmes of research. Interdisciplinary applications are encouraged. Applications should be broadly focussed on one of the following thematic research areas: 
 
•    Vaccinology or early-stage vaccine R&D 
•    Virology, with a focus on how genetic changes affect key viral behaviours 
•    Clinical research and clinical trials on epidemic- and pandemic-prone infections   
•    Epidemic and pandemic public health policy research   
•    Climate change, biodiversity and epidemic and pandemic prevention   
•    Advanced data assembly and analytics for infectious disease threat assessment and mitigation   
•    Social and behavioural sciences   

Sign up here to attend a call webinar on 6 December 2023.  

Read more and apply online until 31 January 2024.   

Workshop series UK + South Africa, March + April 2024 to further integrate international genomics research and the breadth of disciplines, perspectives and practices focused on the Ethical, Legal and Social (ELS) contexts of genomics.

Wed, Nov 1, 2023

This workshop series aims to:

  • explore the wider landscape
  • address barriers to deeper integration and opportunities for new networks and ways of working, sharing innovative approaches, and field-opening
  • develop next steps for guidance and recommendations for Wellcome and others.


Online co-development session:

  • Week commencing 22 January 2024 (exact date TBC)


London in-person workshop:

Please note that this workshop takes place during Ramadan, and therefore we will be providing a dedicated multifaith prayer / quiet room. If you are observing Ramadan and require any other further accommodations, please inform us ahead of time.

Cape Town in-person workshop:

The aim is for as many participants as possible to attend all three workshops, which build on one another. However, it will be possible to attend fewer sessions, and join online, if required.

Wellcome will cover costs associated with attending these workshops. Please note that these workshops will take place in English.


More information https://wellcome.org/what-we-do/our-work/beyond-sequence-ethical-legal-and-social-contexts-genomics?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=o-wellcome

Call for Applications: Pushing the Boundaries of Research Software Engineering

Sat, Oct 28, 2023

Call for Applications: Pushing the Boundaries of Research Software Engineering (codeforsociety.org)

Applications must be submitted here by November 27, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Pacific)

Call for Applications: Pushing the Boundaries of Research Software Engineering

Sat, Oct 28, 2023

We are excited to announce a new call for applications for the CS&S Event Fund. Over the last three years, we have established engaged community-led governance of the fund and transparently awarded over $525,000 USD to three cohorts of grantees representing 37 organizing teams hailing from 27 countries across six continents.

For this cohort of the Event Fund we are seeking to support Black Research Software Engineers (RSEs) looking to bring change to the spaces and places where they are. We recognize that many people doing relevant work are not yet familiar with the term and may not yet identify as a “Research Software Engineer.”

Let’s break down this phrase a bit:

Black as a sociopolitical marker to invite those who are ill-fit for white supremacist, colonial modes of thinking, and keen to push/resist the status quo. Applicants should identify as Black, African, or African diaspora.

We understand research to necessarily begin with curiosity and wonder about the world. As anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston (1942) wrote: “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

Software Engineering is a process of understanding user requirements and then designing, building, testing, and maintaining software applications. In particular, research software can include “source code files, algorithms, scripts, computational workflows, and executables that were created during the research process or for a research purpose” (FAIR for Research Software Principles).

Maybe you identify as someone who does research on software programming and coding for the purposes of building technology, someone who builds research technology platforms, a computational researcher, a software developer, a code maintainer, or a community manager. No matter your line of work, we encourage you to apply if you see yourself in the descriptions above. We’re open to receiving work from artists and other non-traditional practitioners in this space.

Applications must be submitted here by November 27, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Pacific)

POINTS OF EXPLORATION

Areas of Focus

Below are the themes of this cohort. The themes guide the type of cohort we want to build and inform the subject matter we would like to see in your proposals.

Recreate/Redefine/Re-establish

We could have just as easily said “undefine.” This section is for pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a research software engineer. How does your work go beyond the government and the university into realms of being useful to the public? How does it escape boundaries and confines of expectation while still making the case for being a research software engineer?

Wonder

This cohort is about researchers – people who wonder (wander, too!). What are your inquiries and how do you find answers to them? How do you rely on other people to do this wondering?

“Make Love”

We hear it. But we’re trying to sincerely highlight how we center relationships. The Event Fund from its inception has been about bringing people together and forging relationships. Genuine relationships lay the groundwork for great open science and technology production, but they also just make the work more fun too.

In addition to relationships, we encourage proposals that address an observed or expressed need by the community.

WHAT WE OFFER

We are a programming team that wants to push the rigor of your ideas and create space for you to wonder. We offer criticality, nudges towards your expansive imagination, and the best part is we are looking to get you the resources to explore it all.

CS&S will provide a participation stipend of $5,000 USD to the individual applicant and $5,000 USD to the community of practice in which they are embedded. In addition to the stipend, the grantee will have access to our network of peers, mentors, and experts in the field. Selected participants will take part in a 6-month program that includes required monthly synchronous meetings that will offer visioning activities, peer mentorship and networking opportunities. Additionally, CS&S aims to make available robust opportunities for presentation, and public engagement at the close of the program.

OUR PRIORITIES

Your application will be reviewed by the CS&S internal programs team and then the cohort #4 selection committee panel. Usually when applying for an open call, funders share criteria, standards and/or a rubric by which they select participants. Instead, as the initial reviewers, we are taking a more transparent approach to transparency by telling you what we like, what we dislike, who we are, and what it is we feel like we’re looking for. These are not limitations — you can be everything we didn’t know to hope for, but an honest look at what types of groups we, your reviewers, are thinking we want to work with. Happy reading!

Miliaku Nwabueze

I feel that playing with different ways of being in the world is essential to resisting the hegemonic power structures that are making life a difficult thing to maintain. I’m looking for an understanding of this to be reflected in the work.

I’m looking for a project, group, and/or person with a strong sense of identity. This quote by bell hooks comes to mind:

“...queer as not being about who you’re having sex with - that can be a dimension of it - but queer as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.” - bell hooks

I feel like things that have a strong identity are clear about what they are at odds with; a clear sense of what one is doing and not doing.

Projects that are not what people would expect a research software engineer to be working on. Projects the university might scoff at.

Projects that have work that appeal to the populous/people as opposed to policymakers and government funding. Projects that lean into the potential of open source tech have to avoid the privacy traps of proprietary tech while also adding benefit to everyday people. See this video for how we’re thinking about the power of open source.

Angela Okune

I love to hear about how people are challenged, changed, and pushed by those they cross paths and intersect with on the long road called life.

I’ll be keenly looking for individuals that hold a strong sense of desired change based not solely on their own opinions or pulled from thin air, but drawn from grounded, extended engagement with those they work with.

I am keen to learn from/with a cohort that offers strong opinions, sharp critique and also practices deep listening and care for each other.

Madeline de Figueiredo

I am curious to understand the human element of projects, events, and goals. How are we approaching and seeing one another as sophisticated, multidimensional beings who bring our whole selves – including our complicated histories and realities – to our work and professional passions? I want to hear about the space, or event, you are building to allow people to show up as their true selves.

The Selection Committee panel members will be looking for the following aspects as they review:

  • Social impact and divergent thinking

  • Existing relationship with community

  • Thoughtfulness of format and activities

  • (Self-)reflection and openness to change

We are not looking for product proposals. Proposals for apps, products, or pitches are not within our scope. It is within the scope of this call for *event* proposals that concern your projects. We are focusing on the potentials of collaboration and gathering. We also are looking to learn why you want to gather and how gathering would benefit your peers, coworkers, and desired collaborators in your fields. It is fine to gather people who share your concerns, passions, and ideas as well. The most important thing is that you are able to communicate a coherent vision for your event.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted here by November 27, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Pacific).

Office Hour Information Sessions

We will host informal office hours during the open RFP period in case any questions arise about grant eligibility, scope of activities, or the application questions. There will be no preferential treatment towards an application based on attendance (or non-attendance) of these sessions.

REGISTER HERE:

Please come with your questions to discuss with the Event Fund Programs Team. This will be a Q&A format. We will publicly post an FAQ based on topics and themes that come up in office hours.

Wed, Oct 25 @ 12 pm ET

November 6 @ 10 am ET

November 8 @ 3:30 pm ET

TIMELINE

Application deadline: November 27th, 2023

Program duration: April 15th, 2024 – September 15th, 2024 (6 months)

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals located anywhere in the world are welcome and encouraged to apply. Applicants should self-identify as Black, African, and/or African diaspora; have experience and skills to design and build software that is or can be used for science, research, experimentation, knowledge production, or relationship development; and self-identify as ill-fit for colonial, white supremacist modes of thinking.

DEADLINE

November 27, 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard.

No late applications will be accepted. Virtual interviews will be scheduled for finalists. Applicants will be notified by January 30, 2024. For questions not covered here, please email css.programs[at]codeforsociety.org.



Call for stakeholders from East and Central Africa to consult on AI and Data Science policy Gaps in Global Health

Wed, Aug 23, 2023

 SFA Foundation is seeking to build an understanding of the gaps in national, regional, and continental policies for the development, application, and governance of Artificial intelligence (AI) and Data Science in global health across the continent. Emphasis being placed on but not limited to policies for data science and AI applications for Genomics, Epidemics and Pandemics, Clinical Trials, and Drug Development.
The SFA Foundation will convene key stakeholders to dialogue and develop interventions to address AI and Data Science policy gaps for global health in Africa.

The East and Central African convening will be on 5th September 2023

For more information and Registration: https://forms.office.com/r/5au8tStv8m

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dr. Uzma Alam at u.alam@scienceforafrica.foundation or John Njogu at j.njogu@scienceforafrica.foundation

Call for consultation: WHO public consultation on best practices for clinical trials (deadline 15 September 2023)

Thu, Aug 17, 2023

In May 2022, the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on Strengthening clinical trials to provide high-quality evidence on health interventions and to improve research quality and coordination, in which one action requested of the Director-General was to develop WHO guidance on best practices for clinical trials. WHO has launched a public consultation on draft guidance developed in line with this request.

For more information visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/public-consultation-on-who-guidance-for-best-practices-for-clinical-trials

DEADLINE for the submission of comments is 15th September 2023.

International virology workshop

Thu, Jul 20, 2023

The EDCTP-funded PERFECT study is organising a workshop on Management of HIV in the post-Covid-19 context and in the era of universal health coverage in Cameroon (Prise en charge du VIH en contexte Post-Covid-19 et à l'ère de la Couverture Santé Universelle au Cameroun.
When: Friday 21 July 2023 from 08:30-18:00
Join via Zoom: l1nq.com/QwwgO

WHO Call for Experts: Technical Advisory Group on Genomics (deadline for applications: 16 July 2023)

Wed, Jun 21, 2023

WHO is seeking to establish a Technical Advisory Group on Genomics to Support and provide technical guidance on activities implemented by the WHO Secretariat to accelerate access to genomics technologies for global health, with a particular focus on human genomics. This call builds on WHO’s enduring efforts in the field of Genomics and follows the publication of the Report “Accelerating access to genomics for global health: promotion, implementation, collaboration, and ethical, legal and social issues” by the WHO Science Council in 2022. WHO welcomes expressions of interest from professionals with expertise in a diverse set of fields related to genomics (and in particular human genomics), the application of genomics technologies for cancer, congenital disorders, rare diseases, R&D in the field of genome-based knowledge, and implementation of genomics technologies. Attention will also be given to ensure inclusion of relevant expertise in ethics, law and relevant social sciences domains.  

More information: https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/call-for-experts---technical-advisory-group-on-genomics

Working Group on New TB Vaccines - Early Career Researcher Discussion Session (29 June)

Wed, Jun 21, 2023

The Stop TB Working Group on New TB Vaccines - WGNV Early Career Researcher Network will hold its next virtual discussion session on 29 June. As part of its series on career paths for early career researchers, Dr. Eileen Foy (Vir Biotechnology) will talk with participants about how her experience working in biotech and career path opportunities in the private sector. The session will take place at 6am PDT / 9am EDT / 3pm CEST and SAST / 6:30pm IST. 

Register for the session: https://iavi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdOChrTwtEtHTWLu7KVs3cTrKFzGV-XM7#/registration

Early Bird registration for the Eleventh EDCTP Forum is now open!

Thu, Jun 15, 2023

Registration for the Eleventh EDCTP Forum is now open for in-person or virtual participation, with and Early bird deadline of 14 July 2023. Please visit the registration page for more information and the registration form: https://edctpforum.eventsair.com/edctp-forum-2023/forum-registration

Virtual Workshop: Recognition and Control of Mtb Infected Cells: From Basics to the Clinic | 13 – 14June 2023

Tue, May 30, 2023

The Stop TB Partnership Working Group on New TB Vaccines (WGNV) and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)are co-hosting a workshop on the topic of Recognition and Control of Mtb Infected Cells: From Basics to the Clinic. This workshop is intended to address the need for correlates and to identify platforms that measure recognition or control of the infected cell - especially in humans - as identified in the EDCTP/AIGHD Global Roadmap for Research and Development of New TB Vaccines and the Strategic Framework for New TB Vaccines in the Stop TB Partnership Global Plan to End TB 2023 - 2030. 

The overall goals of this workshop are to: 

  • elucidate the mechanisms by which the immune system recognizes the Mtb-infected cell 
  • explore the degree to which such recognition can lead to control of the intracellular microbe, and 
  • discuss the translational implications of these observations 

The workshop format will be largely discussion-based. Each session will have three short presentations that will provide a high-level overview of key topics within the session theme, followed by a discussion between the session chairs, speakers, and participants. 

Click here to view the programme and speakers. 

This workshop is free of charge and open to any participants interested in this topic. 

SSI/ISID Infectious Diseases Research Fellowships | Deadline for applications: 16 June 2023

Tue, May 30, 2023

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) and the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases (SSI) are inviting applications for their joint Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Program. The purpose of this programme is to support infectious disease physicians and scientists from under-resourced countries through multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory training at a select biomedical institution in Zurich, Switzerland. The one-year SSI/ISID Fellowship programme is open to applicants who are 40 years or younger, citizens and permanent residents of under-resourced countries or Eastern Europe. The deadline for applications is 16 June 2023. 

More information: https://na.eventscloud.com/eSites/748378/Homepage 

Ethical Review of Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCTs): Tools, Resources & Best Practices.

Mon, May 29, 2023

The MRCT Center and Medable convened a multi-stakeholder task force to address ethical and regulatory opportunities and challenges related to Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCTs). Join them on June 20, from 10 - 11 AM ET, for a joint webinar entitled, "Ethical Review of Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCTs): Tools, Resources & Best Practices."  

During the webinar, Barbara Bierer (MRCT Center), Pam Tenaerts (Medable) and Leanne Madre (Medable) will present a framework, recommendations, and tools organized around 3 DCT domains: People, Remote Data Collection, and Data Oversight. Best practices for the ethical review, approval, and conduct of DCTs will be provided.   Clinical trial stakeholders (IRB/ECs, HRPP, sites, sponsors, investigators, and others) to register for the webinar here

Resource: A blueprint for strengthening pharmacovigilance systems in resource-limited countries

Wed, May 17, 2023

Many national regulatory agencies in sub-Saharan Africa, which have responsibility for drug safety, lack the expertise, critical mass and infrastructure to monitor drug safety effectively during clinical trials and after licensing. The PhArmacoVIgilance Africa (PAVIA) project, implemented during the period 2018-2022 in Eswatini, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, set out to strengthen pharmacovigilance in the African context. PAVIA incorporated the lessons and best practices from the project into a 'Blueprint for strengthening pharmacovigilance systems in resource-limited countries', and published the project’s outputs on The Global Health Network.

Read the blueprint https://media.tghn.org/medialibrary/2023/05/Pavia_Blueprint_FINAL.pdf

Project outputs on The Global Health Network: https://globalpharmacovigilance.tghn.org/pavia/

Call for applications: Michelson Prizes Next Generation Grants | Deadline: 11 June 2023

Thu, May 11, 2023

Michelson Prizes Next Generation Grants are annual awards of $150,000, which support early-career investigators (35 years and under) who are working to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases. The research to be covered by the grant should aim at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development. The Prizes are awarded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and the Human Immunome Project (formerly the Human Vaccines Project). Applications are being accepted with a deadline of 11 June 2023.

More information www.humanimmunomeproject.org/michelsonprizes

2023 International Society for Vaccines (ISV) Annual Congress, Lausanne, Switzerland --- 22-24 October 2023

Tue, May 2, 2023

The upcoming International Society for Vaccines (ISV) Annual Congress will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the SwissTech Convention Center on October 22-24, 2023. The ISV Congress The 2023 ISV Annual Congress welcomes delegates from all over the world to present and discuss the latest insights in Vaccinology.

The SwissTech Convention Center is in the Lake Geneva region, in the western part of Switzerland, close to historical Lausanne. Lausanne is easily accessible by public transport from close by Geneva airport, which has direct flight connections to Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, and Madrid. Lausanne boasts one of the highest concentrations of research centers in Switzerland. A place of knowledge, innovation, and creativity, the city is home to several world-renowned researchers of many disciplines including vaccinology, immunotherapeutics, cancer, infectious diseases, artificial intelligence, and many more. In addition, the Lausanne region is home to leading small, medium, and large pharmaceutical enterprises.  Whether from academia, clinical research, or pharma and biotech, the comprehensive and vibrant scientific environment will provide an exciting venue to ISV attendees. The 2023 Congress is co-chaired by Xavier Saelens, Ken Ishii, Bruno Correia, and Giuseppe Pantaleo. 

EDCTP 2023 Prizes: Call for nominations - deadline of 31 May 2023 at 17:00 CEST

Mon, Apr 24, 2023

Every two years, EDCTP awards four prestigious international prizes to recognise outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Europe who have made significant achievements in their research field. A call for nominations with a deadline of 31 May 2023 at 17:00 CEST is open for the following prizes, which will be awarded at the Eleventh EDCTP Forum: 

Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize

The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize, named after EDCTP’s first High Representative, is awarded to senior scientists, policy-makers or advocates for health and research, from anywhere in the world.
The prize consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €50,000.

“I was truly humbled to receive the 2020 Pascoal Mocumbi Prize which I attributed to the hard work of teams and collaborators across continents. Winning the most prestigious EDCTP award gave my teams and collaborators immense pleasure and pride that our work was valued. It also enhanced my teams’ international profile and respect, and boosted morale and motivation, upholding our African-led south-south and south-north R&D partnerships at the highest level. This has attracted more talent and international collaborators with a multiplier effect.” Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla (Zambia/UK), winner of the 2020 Dr Pascoal Mocumbi prize

Watch the prize video: https://youtu.be/MI-TbynM9Po

Outstanding Female Scientist Prize 

The Outstanding Female Scientist Prize is awarded to world-leading female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases.
The prize consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €20,000.

“Winning this prestigious prize drew the attention of the international community and local organizations to my research and capacity-building effort. It attracted media attention in Ghana. The task forces and committees I served on made it a point to highlight the award and in recent times I have received several requests to serve on or chair a number of boards and committees. I am indeed grateful to EDCTP for the award and the exposure it has given me and to my colleagues who saw the potential in me and nominated me for the prize. I sure do feel like a star.”
Professor Margaret Gyapong, winner of the EDCTP 2020 Outstanding Female Scientist Prize

Watch the prize video: https://youtu.be/zcBCDrQGOaM

Scientific Leadership Prize 

The Scientific Leadership Prize is awarded to excellent world-class scientists in sub-Saharan Africa up to 50 years of age working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases.

The prize consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €10,000.

“It was a real honour to be awarded the EDCTP Scientific Leadership Prize for 2020. The prize was a recognition of the hard work and dedication of each of the members of our research group and their contributions. The prize provided me with a unique opportunity to support the ongoing work of an emerging clinician scientist within our group who is investigating the pathogenesis of severe HIV-associated TB. I strongly encourage eligible colleagues to consider applying for this award in 2023.”Prof. Graeme Meintjes, winner of the EDCTP 2020 Scientific Leadership Prize

Watch the prize video: https://youtu.be/UfuYgKgM0xk

Outstanding Research Team Prize 

The Outstanding Research Team Prize is awarded to outstanding research teams in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases. 

The prize consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of €50,000. 

“The prize was awarded to a multinational consortium of which the members have been working together for more than 10 years. It gave recognition not only to the lead institution or investigator, but to all staff members from all participating African and European partners. Such recognition is not given often enough but is very important to motivate and acknowledge the essential and high-level work performed by staff of all levels at each site.”- Prof. Gerhard Walzl, on behalf of the AE-TBC Consortium (winners of the 2020 Outstanding Research Team Prize) 

Watch the prize video: https://youtu.be/Acm8GW4sw8M

Read the official announcement »   

12th Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx) | Veyrier-du-Lac, France, 17-22 September 2023

Mon, Apr 17, 2023

The 12th Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx), co-organized by the Merieux Foundation and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will take place at Les Pensières Center for Global Health, in Annecy (France) from 17 to 22 September 2023. In line with the historical resolution on “strengthening diagnostic capacities” to be adopted at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2023, the 12th edition of ACDx will emphasise the importance of providing access to effective, fast, and inexpensive diagnostic tools, especially in low-income countries. A call for applications is open with a deadline of 30 April 2023.

More information https://www.fondation-merieux.org/en/events/12th-advanced-course-on-diagnostics-acdx/

Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) meeting | Montreux, Switzerland, 28-29 November 2023

Mon, Apr 17, 2023

The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) will hold a two-day meeting in Montreux, Switzerland on 28-29 November 2023 on the topic: “The ethics of health research priority setting”. The Forum prioritises the participation of colleagues from low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), and a call for applications is open with a deadline of 15 May 2023.

More information https://www.gfbr.global/news/gfbr-2023-call-for-applications-now-open/

MRC Clinical Trials Unit LMIC bursaries for online MSc courses | Deadline: 17 April 2023

Mon, Apr 3, 2023

The MRC Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) offers an online MSc course in Clinical Trials and an online MSc course in Statistics for Clinical Trials. The online MSc in Clinical Trials provides an excellent grounding in the management and design of clinical trials, and will enhance the knowledge and understanding of those already working in the field. The online MSc in Statistics for Clinical trials will develop your knowledge and know-how of statistics in clinical trials. This training is relevant for future clinical trial statisticians, and as well as clinicians and other health professionals who have a strong quantitative interest in trials.

The MRC CTU has announced an education bursary to support colleagues in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) available through the MRC Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) for study at UCL. The deadline for application is 17 April 2023.

Please see this document below for Terms and Conditions and the Application Form: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/clinical-trials-and-methodology/sites/clinical_trials_and_methodology/files/msc_clinical_trials_lmic_bursary_application_and_ts_and_cs_lmic_residents_final.docx

!! Call for scientific symposia !! Eleventh EDCTP Forum | Paris, France | 7-10 November 2023 (deadline: 17 May 2023)

Mon, Apr 3, 2023 The EDCTP Forum Programme Committee invites applications for scientific symposia to be held in person at the Eleventh EDCTP Forum.

Each symposium is 90 minutes in duration. The symposium format will include discussion and exchange of views with Forum delegates, aiming to advance science, policy and community engagement through the symposium.

The Programme Committee welcomes symposia on topics in the EDCTP remit, with relevance to the Forum theme ‘Partnering for Global Health Research Innovation and Impact in Africa’. 

The content of the symposium should be a topic that is:
- Novel, important and timely
- Relevant to the Forum theme and remit of EDCTP
- Of interest to a broad group of stakeholders and Forum delegates
Symposia focusing on a single programme or institution are discouraged

For more information and the application form click here

REDSSA Open call for creative ideas to improve awareness of data science health research - deadline for submission: 30 April 2023.

Wed, Mar 29, 2023

Large volumes of health-related data are collected from various sources we use every day, including computers, smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. Anonymised health data are also collected by medical insurance companies in the private health sector and official public health databases to design treatment and prevention strategies to address various public health issues and benefit communities. However, there is a lack of awareness among the public that this data is being collected and shared. When this data is collected from an individual it is very personal and sensitive, but once anonymised as part of large data sets, it cannot easily be linked back to the individual. How should we engage with communities, using simple non-technical language, to raise awareness that sensitive individual health and location information is being collected and shared as part of a large, anonymised data set? Research for Ethical Data Science in sub-Saharan Africa (REDSSA) is seeking ideas for strategies to help improve transparency, understanding and trust in large data-driven health research for the public good. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2023.

More information https://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/healthsciences/cmel/redssa/crowdsourcing

Stop TB Partnership WGNV Early Career Researcher Network virtual discussion session - 30 March 2023

Fri, Mar 24, 2023

On Thursday 30 March, the Working Group on New TB Vaccines Early Career Researcher Network is organizing a virtual discussion session. Dr. Alan Sher (NIAID/NIH) will talk about how to start up and maintain a successful research group, including managing the complex diversity of trainees while balancing the requirements and expectations of being a group leader. The session will take place at 6am PDT / 9am EDT / 3pm CEST and SAST / 6:30pm IST.

Register

Wellcome Trust Wellcome Discovery Awards - deadline 11 April 2023

Mon, Mar 13, 2023
  • Application deadline = 11 April 2023
  • Next application deadline = 25 July 2023
  • Level of funding = you should ask for the resources you need for your research programme (refer to the link for detail on allowable staff costs)
  • Duration of funding = usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines
  • Link = https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/discovery-awards  

Wellcome Trust Wellcome Career Development Awards - deadline 4 April 2023

Mon, Mar 13, 2023
  • Application deadline = 04 April 2023
  • Next application deadline = 27 July 2023
  • Level of funding = you should ask for your salary (if required) and the resources you need for your research programme
  • Duration of funding = usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines
  • Link = https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/career-development-awards  

Wellcome Trust Wellcome Early-Career Awards - application deadline 18 May 2023

Mon, Mar 13, 2023

ICGEB South African Women in Biotechnology Programme SAWBP – Postdoctoral Fellowship – CALL OPEN (until 19 May 2023)

Mon, Mar 6, 2023

The ICGEB-SAWBP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, in partnership with the  South African Department of Science and Innovation  and the National Research Foundation  will support South African women researchers holding a PhD degree, in Biotechnology or a related discipline, having outstanding ability, and who will perform hypothesis-driven research.

The SAWBP programme promotes the interaction and mobility of South African women Biotechnology researchers and the ICGEB community, including mobility support to visit other ICGEB Components in Trieste, Italy and New Delhi, India.

The Call is open for applications until 19 May 2023, and offers:

·         Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at ICGEB Cape Town

·         Applying the latest techniques and methodologies to the applicant’s chosen research topic

·         Opportunities for mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and complementary skills

·         Immersion in a top class international scientific environment

For further information, eligibility, guidelines for application and contact details: https://www.icgeb.org/fellowships/icgeb-south-african-women-in-biotechnology-programme-sawbp-postdoctoral-fellowship-call/

Global Health EDCTP3 2023 Info Day

Fri, Mar 3, 2023

On 23rd March 2023 Global Health EDCTP3 will host its first 2023 Info day. The event will provide potential applicants with specific information on the Global Health EDCTP3 calls for proposals and funding opportunities under Work Programme 2023, as well as information on eligibility criteria and other relevant administrative matters. 

The event will also give further guidance to, in particular, research stakeholders based in Africa regarding participation in Global Health EDCTP3 projects and potential membership to the EDCTP Association.

Global Health EDCTP3 invites African and European researchers and innovators as well as citizens and all interested stakeholders to take part in the Info Day.

During the event, questions from the audience will be answered via Slido. Further information will be circulated shortly and posted on the interim Global Health EDCTP3 website.

   A second Info day is planned for 12 April 2022.

When: Thursday 23 March 2023, 13:00 – 15:00 Central European Time (CET) / 14:00 – 16:00 South Africa Standard Time (SAST)

Where: Online

Languages: English


TDR Clinical Research Leadership fellowship programme | Deadline: 15 March 2023

Fri, Feb 24, 2023

A call for application is open for TDR’s newly launched Clinical Research Leadership (CRL) fellowship programme. This new fellowship programme will maximise the value of the clinical research skills obtained through the placement at a Training Partner Organisation (TPO) by focusing on research leadership, with fellows using their clinical research skills, in conjunction with competencies and capabilities to effectively communicate with, and support, members of a multidisciplinary team. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2023, 17:00 CET. 

More information https://tdr.who.int/home/our-work/strengthening-research-capacity/clinical-research-and-development-fellowship 

Visit from one of the well-known EDCTP Fellows to the Africa Office

Wed, Feb 22, 2023 We appreciate your visit to the EDCTP Africa Office, Prof. Jean Nachega.
Prof. Nachega came to express his continued support for the EDCTP program and to encourage other scientists both within and outside of the alumni to collaborate in the south by submitting joint grant applications for the EDCTP and engaging in other cooperative activities.

THE CLINICAL INVESTIGATORS' SUMMIT 2023

Tue, Feb 14, 2023

TCIS AFRICA is a converging point for Clinical Researchers, Medical Professionals, CROs, Pharmas, Regulatory Agencies and Academia to network, exchange achievements, milestones, and challenges, as well as establish strategic direction for clinical trial management in Africa. TCIS is hosting Africa's biggest and most anticipated clinical research summit of the year on 16 & 17 March 2023 in Kenya.

Find more information and the agenda  here

ICGEB Cape Town seminar with Prof. Jennifer A. Thomson (OWSD) | 10 February 2023

Wed, Feb 8, 2023

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is organising a series of initiatives for the UN Day of Women and Girls in Science. On 10 February 2023, ICGEB Cape Town group leader Lara Donaldson will be hosting a seminar by Prof. Jennifer A. Thomson, President of OWSD (Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World) from South Africa. OWSD is a programme unit of UNESCO aiming to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. OWSD provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.

The seminar will start at 11:00 (South Africa time) and can be accessed through Zoom after registration.

Register for the seminar by sending an email to capetown@icgeb.org

More information about the activities https://www.icgeb.org/our-initiatives-for-the-un-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/

WHO NTD roadmap public consultation

Thu, Jan 26, 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) prepared the document “Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021−2030” (“the road map”) through an extensive global consultation pursuant to decision EB146(9) of the Executive Board at its 146th session, which culminated in the endorsement of the document by the Seventy-third World Health Assembly in 2020. The road map sets global targets and milestones to prevent, control, eliminate or eradicate 20 diseases and disease groups as well as cross-cutting targets aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. These include overarching, cross-cutting and disease-specific targets the achievement of which requires considerable work by countries and stakeholders.

The WHO Secretariat is leading the follow-up assessment of four of the eleven dimensions of the heat map by using a gap assessment tool (GAT), a qualitative, participatory device for tracking progress towards the 2030 targets of the road map. This public consultation seeks your perceptions on the status of progress along these four dimensions for all 20 NTDs. Your inputs will be consolidated for consideration by disease-specific focus groups whose deliberations will identify current gaps that pose a persistent risk to the attainment of the road map targets. This will provide qualitative evidence on corrective measures needed to address these gaps and inform reporting on global progress against NTDs to the Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly in 2024.

WHO is inviting you to participate in this second public consultation by completing the online questionnaire in this phase of web consultation. It is also available in from the questionnaire itself in Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese. You will be able to select the diseases and dimensions for which you would like to provide response.

Click here for more information

Webinar 24 January 2023 06:00 PM EAT - Implementation of Compliant Data Management at Clinical Trial Sites in Africa

Tue, Dec 20, 2022 Clinical Data Management is one of the critical processes in the conduct of clinical trials. The process starts very early in the clinical trial and goes all the way to database closure and data archival. The importance of a compliant data management process could not be overemphasized since data quality denes success in clinical trials. Moreover, all good practices are meant to ensure credible data and the safety of participants. However, data management process is not getting the attention it deserves in LMICs, Sub-Saharan Africa included. In this webinar, we discuss commonly recurring data management issues in LMICs which are detrimental to clinical trial success. The main themes of the webinar include optimal planning in data management, early procedures with an impact on data quality, quality aspects in data management, and other related aspects.

Gavi recruiting consultant positions for its next Vaccine Investment Strategy (VIS)

Wed, Nov 23, 2022

Gavi is currently recruiting three consultant positions to support Gavi’s next Vaccine Investment Strategy (VIS). The VIS is Gavi’s evidence-informed process that takes place every 5 years to evaluate the full value of new vaccines (or underused ones) in support of Gavi’s Board investment decisions. Selected vaccines would then be included into Gavi’s portfolio at the next strategic period (2026-2030). The consultant roles are one-year roles with possibility of extension. Candidates are sought with experience in public health, epidemiology, health economics, impact modelling or closely related field and with strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills. In particular, the consultant positions are a great opportunity for researchers with an interest in policy analysis and investment case development to get exposure to how policy and investment decisions are made, including engagement with numerous stakeholders.

The following consultants are being recruited:

1 x Senior manager (L4)

2 x Data analyst (L2)

 

PROJECT AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING OFFICE - CIPHER Grant Programme 2022/2023

Thu, Oct 13, 2022

The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) of the International AIDS Society launched a new round of research grants on 3 October 2022. If you are an early-stage investigator working on paediatric and adolescent HIV, you can apply to the CIPHER Grant Programme and become the principal investigator on a research project with a grant of up to US$150,000 over two years.

The new round of grants will focus primarily on HIV research in paediatric, adolescent and mental health. CIPHER aims to support research projects that could inform HIV policies and programmes, thus accelerating the HIV response in Grantees’ countries. There is now an opportunity to learn from, adapt and enhance the innovative approaches to paediatric and adolescent HIV that have been developed during the COVID-19 response.

Application to the CIPHER Grant Programme is a two-stage process. 

Letter of Intent deadline = 31 October 2022

Full Proposal deadline for shortlisted candidates = 27 January 2023

Link:CIPHER Grant Programme 2022/2023

Also remember to submit your applications to the Pre-Award Office for budget review before submission to the funder.

Research Ethics Seminar Series: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Research: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) | 26- 28 October 2022

Thu, Oct 6, 2022

The seminar will be exciting and informative for both Research Ethics Committee members and researchers. National and international speakers will discuss current and pertinent topics related to Data Science and Ethics. Delegates are responsible for their own flight and accommodation arrangements. Please note that accommodation in Cape Town is limited during October 2022 due to multiple concurrent events, so please book early.

More information: http://blogs.sun.ac.za/aresa/

Programme: https://blogs.sun.ac.za/aresa/files/2022/09/Research-Ethics-seminar-flyer-26-28-October-2022-updatedpdf.pdf

Call for Proposals: 2022 Joint WHO African Region and TDR Impact Grants for Regional Priorities

Thu, Oct 6, 2022

This is a joint initiative between TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa, who have a mutual interest in strengthening the capacity for health research in developing countries. The aim of this call is to facilitate and strengthen public health-oriented implementation research.

The focus of this call is on the following priorities: 

1. Health systems strengthening through implementation research 

2. Addressing complex public health issues through implementation research 

3. Implementation research for One Health and emerging diseases. 

For more information and to apply visit: Grants and other funding activities

Deadline for submissions: 26 October 2022


Call for experts: Gavi Vaccine Investment Strategy (VIS) Steering Committee open for applications (deadline: 28 September 2022)

Thu, Sep 22, 2022

Gavi has launched a call for expressions of interest to identify members for the Vaccine Investment Strategy (VIS) Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will be convened to provide expert advice, strategic guidance, and oversight to the next VIS. This is Gavi’s evidence-driven process for identifying new and under-used vaccines of the highest importance to Gavi-supported countries and inform on options for future investments. The VIS takes place every 5 years. The next VIS will kick off later this year, with multiple decision steps culminating in final investment case decisions taken by the Gavi Board in June 2024.

The deadline to receive expressions of interest is 28 September 2022.

More information and applying: https://www.gavi.org/news/media-room/gavi-vaccine-investment-strategy-steering-committee-now-open-applications

UKCDR & ESSENCE guidance document on equitable research partnerships + virtual event 26 September

Wed, Sep 21, 2022

The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) & ESSENCE on Health Research published a good practice document entitled ‘Four Approaches to Supporting Equitable Research Partnerships’. This guidance document lays out four interconnected approaches to supporting equitable research partnerships:

  • Support the research partnership ecosystem
  • Strengthen research relationships and research systems
  • Budget for partnership building
  • Implement processes and procedures that sustain partnerships
Recognising the need for practical interventions to promote equity and restore balance in research partnerships, the guidance provides concrete recommendations for overcoming them.

In the guidance document, the EDCTP-funded African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT) and Pan-African Network for Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Disease Epidemics (PANDORA-ID-NET) networks are highlighted as best examples of research consortia to build equitable decision-making.

Join UKCDR & ESSENCE at the virtual event ‘The role of funders in enabling equitable research partnerships for development’ for a dynamic discussion with global funders and to learn more about the new guidance on approaches to supporting equitable partnerships. The event will be held at the Science Summit at United Nations General Assembly 77 (UNGA77) on 26 September 2022 at 9:00 EDT/10:00 CEST/14:00 BST.

More information https://www.ukcdr.org.uk/news-article/new-guidance-promotes-equity-and-restoring-balance-to-transform-the-global-research-partnership-ecosystem/

 

Stop TB Working Group on New TB Vaccines – Coffee Corner for early career researchers (29 September)

Tue, Sep 13, 2022

The Working Group on New TB Vaccines invites you to join their Coffee Corner - an informal discussion amongst Early Career Researchers to connect with each other and discuss topics that are important to them.

Date and time:  29 September 2022, 9:00am EDT/ 3:00pm CEST & SAST/ 6:30pm IST

For registration click here 

Series of 60-minute webinars - Building Capacity in Personalized Medicine in Africa --- first webinar 28 September

Wed, Sep 7, 2022

IRESSEF is key member of the EU-Africa PerMed initiative - aimed at contributing to successful implementation of Personalized Medicine in Africa.

The initiative is organizing a series of 60-minute webinars to introduce Africa to this topic and is targeted at active members of national ethical and regulatory committees.

The first webinar  will be held on Wednesday 28 September 11:00 to 12:00 UTC.

The URL link to register and log in will be shared as soon as available

EDCTP Senior Fellow Prof. Novel Chegou wins UK Royal Society Africa Prize

Thu, Aug 25, 2022

The Royal Society Africa Prize 2022 was awarded to Professor Novel Njweipi Chegou for his work in the fields of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis, and his innovative project proposal. Prof. Chegou is an EDCTP Senior Fellow researching new biomarker-based approaches for improving the diagnosis of childhood tuberculous meningitis at Stellenbosch University.

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the sciences. The medal is of bronze, awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016.

Cochrane SA Virtual National Symposium 2022 | 22-23 November 2022

Tue, Aug 23, 2022

At a time of information overload when misinformation and disinformation abound, reliable evidence is more important than ever. An evidence-informed approach to healthcare is about making personal and professional decisions focused on the effective use of scarce resources, avoiding harm and maximising good.

The Cochrane SA Virtual National Symposium will explore the state of evidence in the post-truth/COVID-19 world - from primary research, clinical trial transparency, systematic reviews, evidence synthesis, guidelines development and policy implementation, all the way to public understanding of scientific evidence and individual decision-making.

This online event is for researchers, policymakers/ decision-makers, media, health science students, and community representatives in South Africa. Registration is free.

The call for abstracts is currently open and closes on 30 September 2022. More information: click here

NIH Promoting Equity in Global Health Research - request for information

Tue, Jul 5, 2022 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting information on approaches to promote greater equity in global health research, particularly research that engages scientists in low and middle-income countries. This request for information (RFI) is intended to improve NIH’s understanding of potential research funding, priority setting, and administrative practices and strategies that could encourage or facilitate equitable global health research.
 
NIH is actively seeking input from all interested stakeholders including members of the scientific community, trainees, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, as well as other interested members of the public. You are invited to read the complete RFI and respond via the online comment form by 1 August 2022. 

Blog – ‘EDCTP: A 20-year track record of supporting excellent, equitable research in Africa’

Wed, Jun 29, 2022

On 3 June 2022, Charani et al called on funders to take a more active role in tackling inequities in global health research in their article Funders: The missing link in equitable global health research? on PLOS Global Public Health. In a guest blog on PLOS GPH, Dr Pauline Beattie (EDCTP Operations Manager), Prof. Catherine Hankins (Chairperson of EDCTP’s Scientific Advisory Committee) and Dr Michael Makanga (EDCTP Executive Director) describe how EDCTP has been successfully supporting equitable European-African research collaborations to develop new and improved interventions against infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa for almost two decades. We invite you to read the blog, and to join the conversation on equity in global health research.

Read the blog on PLOS GPH

2nd International Post-tuberculosis Symposium (Stellenbosch): Invitation to join the scientific and organizing committee

Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce plans to host the 2nd International Post-tuberculosis Symposium in Stellenbosch in the first quarter of 2023.

We are hoping to increase diversity of the leadership team for this Symposium, and would like to invite interested persons to complete the form below if they would like to be part of the organizing team. Anybody with an interest in post-tuberculosis consequence is welcome (not just researchers / clinicians). The Symposium hopes to address all aspects of life after TB, not only post-TB lung disease.

We are looking for people to be involved in either of the:

  1. Steering (Organising) Committee – responsible for the structure and running of the Symposium
  2. Academic Committee – responsible for content and outputs of various aspects of the Symposium.

If you would like to be considered for either of these roles, please complete the attached form by 15 July 2022 and return to: mariekevdzalm@sun.ac.za

Please note:

  1. These are unfunded roles,
  2. People on the team will be expected to be fully involved in the organization and contribute to the success of the Symposium.
  3. Estimated Minimum Weekly Time Commitment: initially 1-2 hours per week, increasing to half a day per week in the months preceding the Symposium

Please feel free to share this email within your all post-TB networks, as we are wanting to be as inclusive as possible.

Brian Allwood & Marieke vd Zalm

Associate Professor (Pulmonologist)
Division of Pulmonology | Department of Medicine|Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences |South Africa

Call for Experts − WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases Deadline: 16 July 2022

Mon, Jun 27, 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking experts to serve as members of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases. This “Call for Experts” notice provides information about the advisory group in question, the expert profiles being sought, the process to express interest, and the process of selection.

Background

The Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (STAG-NTD) is the main advisory body to World Health Organization in this field.

NTDs are a diverse set of bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal and noncommunicable diseases and disease groups that disproportionately affect populations living in poverty, predominantly in tropical and subtropical areas. Twenty diseases and disease groups are currently included in the NTD portfolio, and currently more than one billion people are affected.

STAG-NTD advises and makes policy and strategic recommendations to WHO, based on independent reviews of progress made and challenges faced by programmes and partners, with the aim of facilitating the achievement of the targets and milestones set by the NTD road map 2021–2030

Functions of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases

In its capacity as an advisory body to WHO, the STAG-NTD shall have the following functions:

  1. To provide to WHO independent evaluation of the adequacy of progress towards the targets and milestones of the NTD road map 2021–2030;
  2. To review, and make recommendations to WHO for overcoming, challenges to achieving the targets and milestones of the NTD road map 2021–2030;
  3. To review, and make recommendations to WHO on increasing, the adoption of the three fundamental shifts in approach to tackling NTDs specified in the NTD road map 2021–2030

Operations of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases

The STAG-NTD will normally meet in person once a year at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, usually for 2-3 days.   Depending on the issues at stake, additional interim meetings may be organized in the course of the year.  The working language of the STAG-NTD will be English.

Who can express interest?

The STAG-NTD will be multidisciplinary, with members having a range of technical knowledge, skills and experience relevant to NTDs and of the challenges faced by programmes and partners within the context of health systems in NTD-endemic countries.  Up to approximately 20 members may be selected.

WHO welcomes expressions of interest from individuals with knowledge, skills and experience in:

  • Health systems and programme delivery
  • Health policy
  • Social science
  • One health
  • Vector control
  • Water and sanitation
  • Health economics
  • Pricing, procurement, needs estimation and/or regulation of medicines;
  • Country-level planning and implementation of cross-cutting activities.

Submitting your expression of interest

To register your interest in being considered for the [name of the advisory group], please submit the following documents by 24:00h (midnight) Geneva time on 16 July 2022 to aimel@who.int using the subject line “Expression of interest for the STAG-NTD”.

  • A cover letter, indicating your motivation to apply and outlining how you satisfy the selection criteria. Please note that, if selected, membership will be in a personal capacity. Therefore do not use the letterhead or other identification of your employer);
  • Your curriculum vitae; and
  • A signed and completed Declaration of Interests (DOI) form for WHO Experts, available at https://www.who.int/about/ethics/declarations-of-interest.

After submission, your expression of interest will be reviewed by WHO.  Due to an expected high volume of interest, only selected individuals will be informed.

Important information about the selection processes and conditions of appointment

Members of WHO advisory groups (AGs) must be free of any real, potential or apparent conflicts of interest. To this end, applicants are required to complete the WHO Declaration of Interests for WHO Experts, and the selection as a member of an AG is, amongst other things, dependent on WHO determining that there is no conflict of interest or that any identified conflicts could be appropriately managed (in addition to WHO’s evaluation of an applicant’s experience, expertise and motivation and other criteria).

All AG members will serve in their individual expert capacity and shall not represent any governments, any commercial industries or entities, any research, academic or civil society organizations, or any other bodies, entities, institutions or organizations. They are expected to fully comply with the Code of Conduct for WHO Experts (https://www.who.int/about/ethics/declarations-of-interest). AG members will be expected to sign and return a completed confidentiality undertaking prior to the beginning of the first meeting.

At any point during the selection process, telephone interviews may be scheduled between an applicant and the WHO Secretariat to enable WHO to ask questions relating to the applicant’s experience and expertise and/or to assess whether the applicant meets the criteria for membership in the relevant AG.

The selection of members of the AG will be made by WHO in its sole discretion, taking into account  the following (non-exclusive) criteria: relevant technical expertise; experience in international and country policy work; communication skills; and ability to work constructively with people from different cultural backgrounds and orientations .The selection of AG members will also take account of the need for diverse perspectives from different regions, especially from low and middle-income countries, and for gender balance.

If selected by WHO, proposed members will be sent an invitation letter and a Memorandum of Agreement. Appointment as a member of an AG will be subject to the proposed member returning to WHO the countersigned copy of these two documents.

WHO reserves the right to accept or reject any expression of interest, to annul the open call process and reject all expressions of interest at any time without incurring any liability to the affected applicant or applicants and without any obligation to inform the affected applicant or applicants of the grounds for WHO's action. WHO may also decide, at any time, not to proceed with the establishment of the AG, disband an existing AG or modify the work of the AG.

WHO shall not in any way be obliged to reveal, or discuss with any applicant, how an expression of interest was assessed, or to provide any other information relating to the evaluation/selection process or to state the reasons for not choosing a member.

WHO may publish the names and a short biography of the selected individuals on the WHO internet.

AG members will not be remunerated for their services in relation to the AG or otherwise. Travel and accommodation expenses of AG members to participate in AG meetings will be covered by WHO in accordance with its applicable policies, rules and procedures.

The appointment will be limited in time as indicated in the letter of appointment.

If you have any questions about this “Call for experts”, please write to aimel@who.int well before the applicable deadline.


Free Workshops:The Global Health Network Conference 2022

Wed, Jun 15, 2022

ARCH – Communicating Science to Facilitate the Uptake of Research Findings into Policy and Practice 

21 June 2022, 28 June & 5 July | 13:00 (BST) 

Different stakeholders within the research uptake cycle, such as researchers, journalists, policy makers, and advocacy organisations, are groups that shape how scientific results are communicated, interpreted, and taken up into policy and practice. In this three-part workshop series inspiring experts will share their skills and experiences in communicating scientific information. 

 

Part 1: How to Talk to the Public About Controversial Topics in Science 

Chair: Dr Ezequiel García-Elorrio, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy, Argentina 

Speaker: Dr Luisa Massarani, Brazilian Institute of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Brazil 

Part 2: How to Write a Policy Brief  

Chair: Dr Kondwani Chidziwisano, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), Malawi 

Speaker: Dr Sohana Shafique, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh 

Part 3: How to Communicate with Journalists 

Chair: Kelvin Ngugi Gichia, Technical Officer, Communications, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

Speaker: Lindiwe Bandazi-Mafuleka, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme (MLW), Malawi 

A certificate of attendance is issued to those that attend at least 80% of the workshop and complete the feedback evaluation.   

Register for Communicating Science to Facilitate the Uptake of Research Findings into Policy and Practice 

Global Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform – Updates on neuro critical care 

24 June | 14:00 (BST) 

This interactive session will cover critical care of the neurologic system with insights into practice in different settings through knowledge exchange with fellow participants. 

Chair: Dr Sherry H-Y Chou, Northwestern Medicine, USA 

Speaker: Dr Ayush Batra, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA 

A certificate of attendance is issued to those that attend at least 80% of the workshop and complete the feedback evaluation.   

Register for Global Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform – Critical Care of the Neurologic System in COVID-19 


Free Webinars: The Global Health Network Conference 2022

Wed, Jun 15, 2022

Epidemic Ethics – Indigenous communities, ‘vulnerability’, and the COVID-19 pandemic 

20 June 2022 | 13:00 (BST), 12:00 (GMT) 

Indigenous populations experience both social and economic marginalization, and as a result are at disproportionate risk during public health emergencies. This webinar will explore ethical challenges experienced by Indigenous populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, how 'vulnerabilities' are portrayed and experienced in this context, and the role that traditional knowledge and practices have played as a source of resiliency. 

Register for Indigenous communities, ‘vulnerability’, and the COVID-19 pandemic 

Global Research Nurses – Introduction to Research for Nurses and Midwives 

23 June 2022 | 12:00 (BST), 11:00 (GMT) 

Global Research Nurses mission is to empower nurses and midwives to get involved in research, no matter where they work or the role they undertake. This webinar will inspire you to get started in research. We will explore how to choose the research methodology most suitable for your research topic and our panel will walk us through their journeys into research, sharing those tips that they wish to have known when they started. 

This session aims to inspire nurses and midwives to get involved in research and find a path to get started in research. 

Speakers: 

Jennifer Maclellan, University of Oxford, UK 

Mary Ani-Amponsah, College of Health Sciences, Ghana 

Lydia Boampong Owusu, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana 

Faith Nawagi, Makerere University, Uganda 

Joby George, Medanta the Medicity, India 

Register for Introduction to Research for nurses and midwives 


The Global Health Network Conference 2022 at the University of Cape Town

Wed, Jun 15, 2022

Registration Now Open for The Global Health Network Conference 2022 

24 – 25 November 2022 | University of Cape Town 

This conference will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from researchers working across different disease areas, geographies and disciplines. The aim of this conference is to present research findings, and also methods and processes, so we can learn from these to better enable research in every healthcare setting. 


Call for abstracts – The Global Health Network Conference 2022 

Abstract submissions on research studies that demonstrate excellence in equity, appropriate design or embedded approaches such as developing the team or community engagement are encouraged. TGHN is looking for examples of methods, processes, schemes and systems that enable research and taking evidence into practice and policy. There is no fee for submitting an abstract.

Submit an abstract  

Deadline: 20 June 2022 



The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) will hold a two-day meeting in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2022 (tentative) on the theme “Ethics of artificial intelligence in global health research”.

Wed, May 25, 2022

Awards are available for successful applicants from LMICs to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation and single-entry visa.

Meeting summary: 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used in global health research but frameworks, policy and best practice for the ethical review and oversight of AI-enabled studies is currently lacking. The Forum will discuss how traditional research ethics regulatory frameworks have responded to the rapid advances in AI technology, and what changes are required, including to the role and responsibility of research ethics committees (RECs). It will explore the ethical challenges such as bias, privacy, data provenance and ownership, along with the need for transparency, accountability and engagement during the design and use of AI in global health research. To date, these discussions have predominantly taken place in high-income countries, and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) perspectives have been underrepresented. The Forum will consider the LMIC context where AI has the potential to address critical skills shortages and improve access to care, but where the ethical challenges are made harder due to existing disparities in infrastructure, knowledge and capacity. The Forum will take a multidisciplinary approach to explore how AI technology is being designed and used in health research, reflecting the range of actors involved in this space and the importance of computer scientists and technologists who apply AI for health to understand research ethics frameworks and considerations.

As part of the upcoming meeting, the GFBR is seeking case studies that bring attention to key ethical issues that have emerged regarding the use of AI in health research in LMIC settings and proposals to participate in a session on governance issues. The GFBR is also seeking participants to attend the meeting, with places awarded on a competitive basis.    

Full details on how to apply are available on the GFBR website and the background paper provides further details on the meeting theme.   

The deadline for applications is 17.00 CET on 17 June 2022.  

SARIMA conference (in-person) | 1-4 August, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Thu, May 19, 2022

The Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) is organising its first face-to-face forum for research and innovation (R&I) management professionals from Southern Africa and beyond. SARIMA brings together research and innovation management practitioners to strengthen these disciplines and institutional capabilities in the SADC region.

Several workshops, keynote presentations, oral and poster presentation sessions, panel discussions, and chat sessions have been announced. More information about the programme will follow.

Early registration closes 15 June 2022. Find more information here https://conference.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/2022-sarima-conference/sarima2022  

BCA-WA ETHICS project & AVAREF training on clinical trial protocol evaluation

Wed, Mar 16, 2022

"Formation virtuelle sur les outils AVAREF pour l'évaluation des protocoles de recherche clinique" (French only)   

5, 6 & 8 April 2022 | 10:00 - 13:00 GMT https://tinyurl.com/jtfvdnx2

3rd Scientific BCA-WA-ETHICS Congress on research ethics during the COVID-19 pandemic (French)

Wed, Mar 16, 2022 22 - 25 March 2022 | 10:00 - 14:00 GMT Virtual

Webinar on Sex and Gender Data Visualization for Health Research

Thu, Mar 3, 2022

The webinar will include the fundamentals of the GBD compare software, developed by the University of Washington, that will be used to retrieve and visualize sex-disaggregated data related to health research.

Register by 5 March 2022.

For registration and more information in English click here, French click here

Ethics course in Health Research- eLearning- March 14-18, 2022

Wed, Mar 2, 2022

The EDCTP grant “Strengthening Bioethics Committees in Lusophone African Region” will be conducting a free Ethics course in Health Research for Lusophone countries on March 14 - 18 2022. The course will bring together presidents and members of ethics/bioethics committees from various countries of the PALOP and Portugal. Additional details are available at https://www.lusoafro-bioethics.org .


Europe PubMed Central Training Webinar 16 March 2021

Fri, Feb 18, 2022

EDCTP has become a member of Europe PMC (PubMed Central), an open science platform that maintains a worldwide collection of scientific articles and research outputs. Joining Europe PMC enables EDCTP-funded researchers to share their publications via one central location. Sharing publications by EuropePMC ensures that they will also satisfy the requirements for EDCTP-funded research projects: making publications openly accessible as soon as possible. EDCTP invites all EDCTP grantees to attend a training webinar on 16 March at 09:00 UTC. This webinar will introduce the EDCTP open access policy and provide step-by-step guidance on how to comply with the policy and deposit research manuscripts using the Europe PMC plus submission system for inclusion in Europe PMC and PMC USA.

Click here for more information.

EDCTP-ECRIN virtual side event at AERAP Science at the EU-AU Summit

Fri, Feb 11, 2022

Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa

When: 16 February 2022, 9:00-11:00 CET
Where: Virtual


This session on Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa, co-chaired by EDCTP and the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), brings together key global health actors to collectively discuss the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilisation of all the stakeholders necessary for building sustainable clinical research infrastructure, skills development, and strengthening of institutions for the development and uptake of safe and effective R&I products in Africa. A set of recommendations on clinical trial infrastructure and capacity building in Africa arising from a session hosted by ECRIN and EDCTP on 17 June 2021 at the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will also be further discussed.


More information and agenda »

Registration »


New functional enhancements on the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR)

Fri, Feb 11, 2022

The Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR) is a regional register of clinical trials conducted in Africa. The registry is an African initiative serving the needs of Africans. It provides an open-access platform where clinical trials can be registered free of charge. The PACTR aims to increase clinical trial registration in Africa by developing awareness of the need to register trials and supporting trialists during registration. The PACTR has made a few enhancements to improve access and functionality of the registry:

  1. A new PACTR registry URL has been created : https://pactr.samrc.ac.za
  2.  New filters to allow researchers easily track the status of their trials : “submitted”; “in progress”; “approved”; “denied” or “incomplete” have been added. Researchers can use the filters to only search and view the specific status of their trials.

Call for expression of interest for Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking Scientific Committee

Thu, Feb 10, 2022

The Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking (GH EDCTP3 JU) has opened a call for expression of interest for the selection of the members of its Scientific Committee. The committee will be composed of fifteen to eighteen members, ensuring a balanced representation of experts within the scope of the activities of the Joint Undertaking, including with respect to gender and geographical balance. Collectively, the members of the Scientific Committee will have the necessary competences and expertise covering the technical domain in order to make science-based recommendations to the Joint Undertaking.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/default/files/research_and_innovation/research_by_area/documents/ec_rtd_edctp3-call-eoi-members.pdf

EPOC Norway / Cochrane Norway / Cochrane South Africa Webinar

Mon, Feb 7, 2022

Factors that influence parents’ views and practices regarding routine childhood vaccination

Findings from an EPOC qualitative evidence synthesis

22 February 2022 Time: 2pm SAST (UTC +2)

In this webinar, Sara Cooper from Cochrane South Africa at the South African Medical Research Council will present the findings of a new EPOC qualitative evidence synthesis. This review, available in the Cochrane Library here, is highly relevant to both routine childhood vaccination and vaccination in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To join the webinar, please register here


Cochrane SA Training Needs Assessment

Mon, Feb 7, 2022

Cochrane SA is inviting you to voluntarily participate in a survey about your current and future training needs, to inform the training events offered by Cochrane SA. This is part of a broader project by Cochrane SA that aims to evaluate the training offered by Cochrane SA.

More information about this project is available here

To complete the survey click here

The survey will be open until 28 February 2022

COVID- 19 Global Research and Innovation Forum

Thu, Feb 3, 2022

WHO is hosting the 3rd COVID- 19 Global research and innovation forum, 24-25 February 2022 between 13:00 - 18:00 (on both days) Central European Time (CET).

This virtual event will bring together diverse COVID-19 research scientists, regulatory experts, funders, Member States policy makers and other experts.  The goals of the Forum are:

Goal 1: To continue to accelerate research that can contribute end the current pandemic and facilitate that those affected receive optimal care; while integrating innovation fully within each research area.

Goal 2: To support research priorities in a way that contributes to the development of global research platforms and research priorities and leads to better preparation for future pandemics.

 Discussions will focus on the future of COVID-19 research.  The forum will include scientific presentations and discussions that will focus on different areas of research.  Moreover, there will be keynote presentations and panel discussions on how research can help to end this pandemic and prepare for future pandemics.

The R&D Blueprint webpage https://www.who.int/teams/blueprint/covid-19 has  a variety of resources from expert consultations, as well as other research tools.

Registration: https://who-e.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xm1Gm3SHS86qSpMHCbHkjQ



International AIDS Society Mentorship Programme for HIV vaccine R&D

Thu, Feb 3, 2022

Are you an African researcher or a clinician working on HIV vaccine research and development? Are you interested in being a mentee or mentor?

Join the IAS Mentorship Programme by applying here!

When asked: “What is your main area of interest/work in HIV?” choose “HIV vaccines

Application deadline is 07 February 2022.

Research costing seminar (Spanish)

Fri, Dec 3, 2021 TDR, ESSENCE, SARIMA and CEDEIM are organising the free webinar ‘Five keys to optimizing the costing and pricing of research in low and middle-income countries’ in Spanish (‘Cinco claves para optimizar el cálculo de costos y estableciemento de precios de investigación en países de bajos y medios ingresos’). Registration: https://forms.office.com/r/JiMkYLyD5U

Webinar: The need for innovative diagnostics to achieve NTD road map targets

Tue, Oct 26, 2021 In this webinar organised by WHO, speakers will talk about the need, the barriers, and the potential solutions to the diagnostic issues that are facing us.

Date:
28 October 2021
Time: 14:00–15:30 CET
Registration now: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KkLVLSesTpObi_lgM5yvwQ

ASLM2021 Scholarship Programme Applications Closing Soon! – 1 Nov, 2021 Responding to Outbreaks through Resilient Laboratory Systems: Lessons Learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic, 15-18 November 2021.

Mon, Oct 25, 2021

ASLM wants you to be part of our upcoming virtual conference: Responding to Outbreaks through Resilient Laboratory Systems: Lessons Learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic, 15-18 November 2021.   If you are a student or professional in a low- or middle- income country, you may qualify for the ASLM2021 Scholarship Programme. The scholarship covers the cost of registration and unlocks access to plenaries, symposia, roundtables and more. Speakers will cover hot topics such as the threat of emerging pathogens; the need to strengthen diagnostics services for routine care and emergencies; strategies for diagnostic network optimisation and integration; and pathogen genomics. The conference offers the opportunity to hear from world renown experts on infectious disease control, public health and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected laboratories in Africa and across the globe.

Scholarship applicants must complete the online application by 1 November 2021. Applicants must describe what they hope to gain by attending ASLM2021 and justify their scholarship need. Awards will be made no later than 8 November 2021.

For more information about ASLM2021, please visit the ASLM2021 website.


Approaches to Combat COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) - 23 November 2021

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had a devastating toll on the health care systems and communities in low- and middle-income countries. To address and discuss the various challenges that these countries face daily, we invite you to join us for this virtual workshop on Approaches to Combat COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) scheduled on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 at 15:00 CET.
Explore challenges and prevention\treatment strategies uniquely suited to the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries, considering regional differences in access to medications, health system capacity, and public measures.

Registration fees are waived for healthcare professionals,* NGO representatives, advocates, community representatives, and policymakers/government representatives.
*Healthcare professionals are defined as professionals that provide any type of health care service related to COVID-19 or other diseases.

Please contact the Conference Secretariat for more information at Lara@amededu.com or visit our website https://academicmedicaleducation.com/meeting/approaches-combat-covid-19-LMIC-workshop

INTEREST 2021 - Final Programme now out!

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

In less than a month, on 12-14 October 2021, INTEREST 2021 will take place as a virtual conference! We are delighted to say that the final programme is ready and filled with key experts presenting the latest data throughout a series of exciting sessions. In addition to this, we will have capacity-building sessions available for all young career researchers registered for the conference.
To see the programme overview visit http://interestworkshop.org/program-2021/

Practical Information:
Young Investigators
The registration fee is waived for all young investigators. An application form needs to be completed by a supervisor and received by the Conference Secretariat at magda.sevlidou@amededu.com
Resource-Limited Settings
In addition, we are pleased to provide a discounted registration fee for all healthcare professionals, NGO/GO representatives, and advocates from resource-limited settings. This will be available upon completing registration.

HIV Prevention Summit 2021 (Virtual) - 1 to 2 December 2021

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Only 1 week left until the abstract deadline for the HIV Prevention Summit 2021. Make sure to submit your findings today to become part of this remarkable program packed with international experts.

Abstract Topics
• PrEP and PEP
• Vaccine and Monoclonal Antibodies Research
• Social Structural Determinants of PEP and PrEP Implementation and Use
We accept two kinds of abstracts:
Research Abstracts: Present the latest results from your study and discuss your findings with an expert audience.
“Lessons Learned” Abstracts: What worked and what did not work? Share your experiences and exchange ideas with international experts.

Visit our website for more information about the abstracts - https://academicmedicaleducation.com/hiv-prevention-summit-2021

INTEREST 2021, 12-14 October 2021 (Virtual)

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Day 3 of INTEREST 2021 is dedicated to the late Prof. Charles Boucher, who sadly passed away in February of this year.

Alongside the late Dr. Joep Lange, Charles founded the INTEREST conference in 2007 to bring together a multidisciplinary team of experts who could share knowledge and establish partnerships with the ultimate aim of improving the life quality of people living with HIV across the African continent.

The third day of this year's conference will feature memorial lectures focusing on HIV epidemiological trends, the evolution of HIV treatment to date and changes in how HIV healthcare services are being delivered in the region. Delegates can expect to take part in interactive sessions exploring the management of drug resistance, virological failure and the future of PrEP in Africa.
 
Charles' love for teaching, particularly in regards to educating young researchers, was well known. This final day of INTEREST 2021 features a mentorship session, with the day specifically targeted towards young investigators.
 
We invite you to join us in honouring Charles' memory at INTEREST 2021 and contributing to the cross-disciplinary discussion on HIV treatment, pathogenesis and prevention throughout Africa.
The third day of this year's conference will feature memorial lectures focusing on HIV epidemiological trends, the evolution of HIV treatment to date and changes in how HIV healthcare services are being delivered in the region. Delegates can expect to take part in interactive sessions exploring the management of drug resistance, virological failure and the future of PrEP in Africa.
 
Charles' love for teaching, particularly in regards to educating young researchers, was well known. This final day of INTEREST 2021 features a mentorship session, with the day specifically targeted towards young investigators.
 
We invite you to join us in honouring Charles' memory at INTEREST 2021 and contributing to the cross-disciplinary discussion on HIV treatment, pathogenesis and prevention throughout Africa.

To register visit https://virology.eventsair.com/interest-2021/registration/Site/Register


International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence 2021: 29-30 September 2021

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

The International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence 2021 will take place as a virtual program over four days: 29-30 September & 6-7 October.
We invite you to register now to be part of this engaging, interactive, and diverse learning experience with multidisciplinary experts and young advocates from around the world working to achieve a sustainable response to HIV.

For more information or to register visit https://virology.eventsair.com/international-workshop-on-hiv-adolescence-2021/registration/Site/Register

WSPID Congress 22-24 February 2021: Registration is now open

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

Registration for the virtual WSPID 2022 is now open!

Be part of this global pediatric infectious diseases event where you will advance your career, connect with like-minded people, and contribute to decreasing the burden of pediatric infectious diseases worldwide.
The congress will begin with two Pre-Congress days, on 20 & 21 February, which will include industry sessions and the Research workshop. These days are included in the registration fee.
Moreover, Spanish subtitles or voice-over will be available during the sessions.

Register early by 30 November 2021 and pay as low as $150. Special fees are available to trainees, students, fellows and nurses.

REGISTER EARLY visit https://wspid2022.com/registration/

Virtual Workshop: Approaches to Combat COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Workshop

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect worldwide and presents unique challenges to healthcare providers, particularly those working in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
Often, in LMICs, disease burden is more significant, outcomes are poorer, and demographic characteristics necessitate region-specific approaches to healthcare organization.
Following severe COVID-19 outbreaks, healthcare systems become overwhelmed and struggle to provide essential levels of care to patients.
To respond effectively to COVID-19 in LMICs, we need to develop new contextualized and locally relevant approaches.

The appropriate diagnosis and clinical management of patients are of utmost importance, and inappropriate treatments should be avoided. Global inequities in vaccine distribution have the potential to worsen the pandemic in LMICs. In many countries, there is no established platform for vaccinating an entire adult population.
Delivering vaccines to essential and front-line workers is achievable, but how do we address accessing vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations?
How can these regional differences in access to medications, health care infrastructure, and public health measures be addressed to combat COVID-19 in LMICs?
To address these challenges and provide a platform for exchanging knowledge, we are pleased to announce our new program, Approaches to Combat COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).
This exciting workshop will focus on the specific regional challenges for LMICs in the clinical management of COVID-19. Topics of discussion will include how to handle surges, public health, prevention strategies, and focus on vaccines rollout.

Join us virtually on 23 November!
Registration fees are waived for healthcare professionals. For more information on the program and to register for the virtual workshop, please visit our website - https://academicmedicaleducation.com/meeting/approaches-combat-covid-19-LMIC-workshop

2021 GACD Implementation Science School - 29 November 2021 to 10 December 2021

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

Applications are now open for the 2021 GACD Implementation Science School!

The School will take place online over seven days between 29 November and 10 December 2021.
This unique opportunity is perfect for early-career researchers working in NCD prevention and management – particularly those based in low- and middle-income countries – to build their knowledge, skills, and confidence in the field of implementation science.

Through expert-led lectures, small group sessions, facilitated group work, and panel discussions, participants will learn how to study and implement research findings into policy and practice, select and apply theories, models, and frameworks, and create a professional network for future collaborations.

Apply here: https://gacd.org/research/implementation-science-capacity-building/2021-gacd-implementation-science-school-online
Applications are open until 30 September 2021.

Early registration rates for #UnionConf extended till Wednesday 15 September 2021

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

We have good news to share regarding the much-awaited 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health which will take place virtually between 19-22 October 2021. Given the current circumstances due to COVID-19, we have extended registration with the early rates till Wednesday, September 15.

Our registration fees have something for everyone and reflect the inclusive nature we hope to promote in the upcoming conference. In this spirit, we have segmented our pricing with attractive rates for delegates from all over the world, including from Low and Low-Middle Income Countries (LIC & LMICs) as well as for students and nurses.

To register visit https://union2021.urevent.fr/

For any further registration-related queries, please email: registration-theunion@urevent.fr

Call for Abstracts Open - 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines

Mon, Sep 6, 2021

The Call for Abstracts for the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines is now open. Researchers, product developers, advocates, community representatives, and others interested and engaged in TB vaccine R&D are encouraged to submit abstracts to share new approaches, data, and results in TB vaccine R&D, policy, and access. Submitted abstracts will be considered for oral or poster presentation, and in-person and virtual presentation opportunities will be available. A limited amount of support will be available for in-person (where possible based on restrictions at the time) and virtual participation. More information about travel support and how to apply will be provided shortly.

Abstracts will be accepted through 15 October 2021

For more information 

PLOS: Announcing our 2021 Scientists for Open Science virtual program - 13 September

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Open Science is core to PLOS’ mission, but it’s you, and the whole research community, who define what Openness really means. Starting September 13th, join us for Scientists for Open Science, our first week-long virtual program bringing together researchers and stakeholders from around the globe to share perspectives on Open Science.

Whether you have 5 minutes, or an hour a day, we would love for you to be involved. We’re assembling experts, gathering together resources, and starting a conversation we hope will continue over the coming months. We’ll explore the drivers behind Open Science, emerging trends, obstacles and experiences—all with the aim of increasing awareness and support, and developing better solutions.  

Participate in our week long virtual conversation to:

  •  learn from peers
  • take self-assessment quizzes
  • contribute your perspectives
  •  vote on crucial issues

For more information visit https://plos.org/register-for-open/

WSPID, 22-24 February 2022 - Last call to submit your abstract!

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

There is a week left to submit your abstract and be a game changer in the field of pediatric infectious diseases. Contribute to the future of child care and to the WSPID 2022 program!

We have already received submissions in topics such as:
• Antibiotic Stewardship and Infection Control
• Other bacterial infections
• Global Child Health
• Influenza infection and respiratory virus infections

Send us your work and make sure your research theme is part of this important world congress.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 8 September 2021

For more information visit https://wspid2022.com/abstract-submission/

Virtual Workshop: Improving the Representation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Clinical Trials and Research - 13 September 2021

Fri, Sep 3, 2021


VIEW EVENT LIVE HERE ON SEPT. 13: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/09-13-2021/overcoming-barriers-to-diversifying-clinical-trials-third-public-workshop

On Monday, September 13, 2021, join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a virtual event to inform our consensus study report, Improving the Representation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Clinical Trials and Research. Clinical trials and clinical research often does not represent the demographic diversity of the populations that these novel drugs and interventions aim to serve. This workshop will include a discussion with journal editors on the role of medical journals in promoting more diverse trials; an exploration of the role of institutional review boards in promoting clinical trial equity and diversity; and a conversation about ongoing efforts that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are undertaking to promote health equity and diversity. The workshop panels and discussions will inform the ongoing work of the National Academies Committee on Improving the Representation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Clinical Trials and Research.

The report is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The audience will have an opportunity to engage through moderated Q&A throughout the agenda. Please contact jveras@nas.edu for event inquiries.

VIEW STUDY INFORMATION:
https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/improving-the-representation-of-women-and-underrepresented-minorities-in-clinical-trials-and-research

How to Critically (and Quickly) Read a Protocol - 8 September 2021

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

On behalf of the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) and Community Partners (CP), we invite you to attend the How to Critically (and Quickly) Read a Protocol Webinar.
Understanding a protocol is important for community members interested in engaging in clinical research. One of the challenges for community members participating in protocol development is learning how to critically review a protocol from a community perspective. CP, a group of community representatives working across the five National Institutes of Health (NIH) HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks, is honored to feature the following panelists to discuss this topic: Neetha Morar, Jan Kosmyna, and Jeffrey Schouten.

Panelists will review and highlight how to critically and quickly review the following components of a protocol as outlined in the updated How to Critically (and Quickly) Read a Protocol document, which will soon be published and distributed widely:
• Cover Sheet and Protocol Team Membership
• Study Objectives
• Protocol Summary
• Study Design
• Study Population
• Informed Consent Template
• Other: Barriers to Participation, Review for Stigmatizing Language, Resources

This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about this topic and corresponding document. We hope that you will join this engaging and enlightening discussion.

Date: 8 September 2021

Time: 11 am - Noon PDT / 2 pm EDT / 8 pm SAST / 9 pm EAT

For more information visit https://www.hanc.info/

Save the Date! 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines - 22-24 February 2022, Toulouse, France

Thu, Aug 12, 2021

The 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines will take place from 22-24 February 2022 in Toulouse, France, under the high patronage of Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and under the patronage of Mr. Olivier Véran, Minister for Solidarity and Health. The theme of the 6th Global Forum is "New horizons for TB vaccines".

The 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines is currently planned to be a hybrid conference, with options for in-person and online participation. The Organizing Partners are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the in-person component of the 6th Global Forum. Information will be posted as it becomes available.

Abstracts and Registrations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Global Forum Organizers and Organizing Committee invite abstracts for potential oral or poster (on-site or virtual) presentation at the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines. The abstract submission platform will be open from 1 September-15 October 2021. Learn more.
Registration for the 6th Global Forum will open in October 2021.

The Global Forum on TB Vaccines is the world’s largest gathering of stakeholders striving to develop new vaccines to prevent TB. It provides an important and unique opportunity to review the state of the field, share the latest research findings, and identify new and innovative approaches to TB vaccine R&D, with the end goal of developing and deploying new TB vaccines as quickly as possible.

For information about the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines, visit https://toulouse.tbvaccinesforum.org/


The Union: Submissions Open for Late-Breaker Sessions on TB, COVID-19 and Lung Health

Mon, Aug 2, 2021


Submissions Open for Late-Breaker Sessions on TB, COVID-19 and Lung Health
The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health is pleased to announce that submissions for Late-Breaker Sessions are open from 15 July-12 August 2021. Submit now.
In keeping with the spirit of a late-breaker session, we ask that only new, innovative and significant findings of broad interest that have occurred after 12 May, or for which information has just become available, be submitted for the late-breaker sessions. 

The following three late-breaker sessions are slated for the Conference that will take place from 19-22 October 2021:
THE UNION LATE-BREAKER SESSION ON COVID-19 
All aspects of SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19-related lung health are welcomed for presentation during the late-breaker session, from basic science in immunology and vaccines, clinical trials for vaccines or therapeutics, to operational research in adults and children.  
This session will consist of up to seven pre-recorded oral presentations of 8 minutes each, followed by live Q&A with the online audience.  

THE UNION/CDC LATE-BREAKER SESSION ON TB 
The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased to announce a late-breaker session related to tuberculosis (TB). 
This late-breaker session includes all aspects of TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment research (including basic and clinical science, epidemiology, social, behavioural, and health care delivery). Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, we will also consider select presentations that explore the intersection of COVID-19 and TB prevention and programmatic implementation. It will consist of 7 pre-recorded oral presentations of 8 minutes each and live Q&A at the end of the session. The session is scheduled on 22 October 2021.  

THE UNION STUDENT LATE-BREAKER SESSION ON LUNG HEALTH 
The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health is pleased to announce the Union student late-breaker session focusing on lung health and sponsored by the Research Institute of Tuberculosis of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (RIT/JATA). 
All aspects of lung health are welcomed for presentation during the late-breaker session, from basic science in immunology and vaccines, to operational research in tuberculosis (TB), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia, and other lung health issues in adults and children. This session will consist of up to seven pre-recorded oral presentations of 8 minutes each, followed by live Q&A with online audience.  

Individuals submitting an abstract must be currently enrolled as a student in a university programme at undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral level either full- or part-time. 
DETAILS
All abstracts must follow the abstract submission guidelines 
For more information and details on sponsorship for late-breaker sessions: https://theunion.org/late-breaker-sessions
For any further queries, email scientific@theunion.org
Submit now!

Abstracts Open WSPID 2022: Advancing science together - 22-24 February 2022 (virtual)

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

Abstract submission for the 12th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases is now open! We invite you to contribute to the outstanding scientific program by submitting your latest research in the field, in any of these topics.
Your work will gain unrivaled exposure amongst international medical and scientific professionals. We are excited to learn from your research and knowledge and impact the future of pediatric infectious diseases together.

Abstract submission deadline is 8 September 2021.

For more information visit https://wspid2022.com/abstract-submission/

13th African Rotavirus Symposium - 3-4 November 2021

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The 13th African Rotavirus Symposium (ARS), organised under the auspices of the African Rotavirus Network (AfrRN), will be a virtual event. The symposium is hosted by the University of Nairobi in partnership with WHO African Regional Office (WHO AFRO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
The 13th ARS will be held on the 3rd and 4th November 2021 and the format will be one 3-hour session on each day.

The theme of the symposium is “Maintaining momentum for rotavirus immunization during the COVID-19 era”

The session topics are:
Update on Rotavirus Vaccines and Immunization in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
New Research Updates

  • Host interactions with rotavirus (immune/microbiome/etc.)
  • Rapid fire updates from the field
The symposium organisers are reaching out to rotavirus researchers, policymakers, clinicians, public health practitioners and health officials to share ideas, expertise and learning across organizations and countries in the areas of rotavirus vaccine introduction, vaccine impact and diarrheal disease prevention and control in Africa.

For more information visit http://afr-rn.samrc.ac.za/ars2021/abstracts.html

The Union: Submissions Open for Late-Breaker Sessions on TB, COVID-19 and Lung Health until 12 August 2021

Fri, Jul 23, 2021

The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health is pleased to announce that submissions for Late-Breaker Sessions are open from 15 July-12 August 2021. Submit now!
In keeping with the spirit of a late-breaker session, we ask that only new, innovative and significant findings of broad interest that have occurred after 12 May, or for which information has just become available, be submitted for the late-breaker sessions. 

The following three late-breaker sessions are slated for the Conference that will take place from 19-22 October 2021:
THE UNION LATE-BREAKER SESSION ON COVID-19 
All aspects of SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19-related lung health are welcomed for presentation during the late-breaker session, from basic science in immunology and vaccines, clinical trials for vaccines or therapeutics, to operational research in adults and children.  
This session will consist of up to seven pre-recorded oral presentations of 8 minutes each, followed by live Q&A with the online audience.  
THE UNION/CDC LATE-BREAKER SESSION ON TB 
The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased to announce a late-breaker session related to tuberculosis (TB). 
This late-breaker session includes all aspects of TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment research (including basic and clinical science, epidemiology, social, behavioural, and health care delivery). Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, we will also consider select presentations that explore the intersection of COVID-19 and TB prevention and programmatic implementation. It will consist of 7 pre-recorded oral presentations of 8 minutes each and live Q&A at the end of the session. The session is scheduled on 22 October 2021.  
THE UNION STUDENT LATE-BREAKER SESSION ON LUNG HEALTH 
The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health is pleased to announce the Union student late-breaker session focusing on lung health and sponsored by the Research Institute of Tuberculosis of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (RIT/JATA). 
All aspects of lung health are welcomed for presentation during the late-breaker session, from basic science in immunology and vaccines, to operational research in tuberculosis (TB), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia, and other lung health issues in adults and children. This session will consist of up to seven pre-recorded oral presentations of 8 minutes each, followed by live Q&A with online audience.  
Individuals submitting an abstract must be currently enrolled as a student in a university programme at undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral level either full- or part-time. 

DETAILS
All abstracts must follow the abstract submission guidelines 
For more information and details on sponsorship for late-breaker sessions: https://theunion.org/late-breaker-sessions
For any further queries, email scientific@theunion.org

CIRCB contribution to a COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics in Cameroon

Fri, Jul 16, 2021

This project was coordinated by the ICGEB and implemented in partnership with reference testing laboratories in Africa. ICGEB Member States, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria, have taken part in a pilot study to assess the efficacy of a novel diagnostic tool in diverse settings. Dr Joseph Fokam (TMA2015CDF1027) was the local PI in Cameroon.

This pilot study, performed during the period September 2020-May 2021, contributed to the accuracy in detecting SARS-CoV-2 in resource-limited settings. It evaluated the diagnostic performance of RT-LAMP in terms of intrinsic (sensitivity, specificity) and extrinsic (positive and negative predictive values) characteristics according to SARS-CoV-2 viral load estimates provided by the conventional RT-qPCR in four LMICs of Sub-Saharan Africa. Results from the study show that RT-LAMP represents a formidable alternative to RT-qPCR.  New England BioLabs freely contributed its LAMP technology to the study, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the project (INV – 022816).

To learn more about this exciting project visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-xSlulkN-4

ICASA 2021 Registration open till 31 August 2021

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

THEME FOR ICASA 2021 - "Africa’s AIDS response: The race to 2030 – Evidence. Scale Up. Accelerate"

OBJECTIVES FOR ICASA 2021 -

  • To strengthen health systems to integrate high impact interventions on comorbidities, emerging infections and NCDs.
  • To build, strengthen and invest in Africa’s scientific capacity and manufacturing of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.
  • To Identify in Africa, resource tailored interventions for populations most affected including women, children, adolescents, men and Key Populations.
  • To evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on the HIV/AIDS response and share lessons learned in overcoming barriers in maintaining continuity of care for people living with and at risk for HIV infection.
  • To amplify national, regional, continental and global integration to reach epidemic control in Africa: Contributions from Africans in the Diaspora.

Regular Registration for ICASA2021, Durban-South Africa is still open.
Register from today till 31st August 2021 and save 100USD.

For more information visit http://icasa2021.saafrica.org/

CEPI: Getting more COVID-19 vaccine for the world

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

Another CEPI partner, Clover Biopharmaceuticals, has become the latest vaccine developer to sign an advance purchase agreement with COVAX to make their COVID-19 vaccine available to populations worldwide.
Under the new agreement between Clover and our COVAX partner, Gavi, up to 414 million doses are set to be made available to participating countries in 2021 and 2022. CEPI’s significant early investments have been critical to the development of Clover’s vaccine candidate, and were directly linked to access commitments which enabled this deal.

Since late Spring, 2020, CEPI has provided up to $328 million to support preclinical and clinical testing of the candidate vaccine, in addition to scaling-up the biotech’s in-house manufacturing capacity. Clover yesterday announced that its pivotal global Phase 2/3 clinical trial—funded by CEPI—is now fully enrolled, and that interim efficacy data is expected in Q3.
COVAX has now distributed over 100 million vaccines since its launch in February this year. Supply of Clover’s vaccine is anticipated to start in the last quarter of the year, pending Emergency Use Licensure from the World Health Organization (WHO).

To learn more visit https://cepi.net/news_cepi/from-lab-to-potential-jab-clovers-covid-19-vaccine-story/

Remembering Dr Jane Wanyama

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 Dr Jane Wanyama, a senior public health specialist based at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences at Makerere University passed away on 18 June 2021.
Her death was announced by United Christian Centre, a Pentecostal church based in Makerere-Kikoni in Kampala, where Wanyama was a member of the congregation.
Wanyama attended Makerere University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Health, and thereafter attended the University of Antwerp in Belgium to obtain a doctorate in Medical Sciences in 2017. She had over 15 years of experience in designing, coordinating, supervising, and implementing research and evaluations on Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH).
Wanyama was a current European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Career Development Fellowship grantee conducting research in adolescent health. 
EDCTP extends their sincere condolences to all her loved ones.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: 10TH EDCTP Forum - 'EQUITY IN RESEARCH FOR HEALTH', 17-21 October 2021, Maputo, Mozambique

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

EDCTP invites submission of abstracts highlighting original contributions on strategic EDCTP research topics and on research capacity strengthening, linked to the Forum theme. Investigators involved in EDCTP-funded projects are encouraged to use this opportunity to share new developments and results from their projects. The deadline for abstracts is 28 June 2021.

Format and eligibility:
Abstracts must be submitted in English and should not exceed 300 words
Abstracts should follow the format: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions
Abstracts must not have been published or submitted for presentation to any other national or international meeting.Submission: Abstracts must be submitted via the online system by 28 June 2021. Only abstracts submitted online by the deadline will be considered. Detailed instructions are available in the online submission system - https://edctpforum.eventsair.com/edctp-forum-2021/abstract-submission.  For questions regarding abstracts, please contact the EDCTP Forum Team (forum@edctp.org).

Evaluation procedure:
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Forum scientific programme committee and external experts, in collaboration with EDCTP secretariat members. Selection of abstracts will be based on the following criteria: Abstract quality; Relevance to the Forum theme and to EDCTP; Significance of the reported results
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by 14 July 2021.

Please note that the final decision on whether the abstract is accepted and, if so, whether it will be for a poster or oral presentation will be made by EDCTP and the Forum Programme Committee.
Presenting authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive further instructions for presenting their abstract. All presenters will be required to pre-record their presentations.

AIDSImpact Webinar: Vaccines and Vulnerabilities - HIV COVID and Back, 1 July 2021

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Vaccination plays an important role in the management of infectious diseases. Lessons from HIV on preparedness, hesitancy and ethics play a crucial role in preparing a population for vaccination. The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines provides a fascinating example.
This webinar will explore some of the experiences of vaccine programmes for both HIV and COVID-19 and the ethical issues around vulnerability, equity of access, hesitancy and field experiences with vaccine initiatives. This is a highly topical issue with learnings from the HIV pandemic.

The programme presents four perspectives from world-leading experts with expertise in both HIV and COVID-19. We are privileged to have the current head of the International AIDS Society examine ethical issues and a wide range of perspectives from Prof. Gray (South Africa), Dr. Ward (France), Prof. Kamarulzaman (Malaysia) and Dr. Bonner (United States).

The 2nd webinar on "Vaccines and Vulnerabilities - HIV COVID and Back" is set to take place on Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST. Complimentary registration is provided by AIDSImpact https://virology.eventsair.com/aidsim2021ws/registrationjuly/Site/Register


INTEREST 2021: 12-14 October 2021

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

This year’s edition of INTEREST will be held as a virtual meeting from 12 – 14 October. Dr. Andrew Kambugu, a member of the International Conference Committee (ICC), shares his thoughts on why you should join this important meeting.

Young Investigators
The registration fee is waived for all Young Investigators. To be eligible as a young investigator, one should be:
- 35 years of age or younger; and
- a current Master/PhD student OR have obtained an MD/PharmD/PhD degree in the last five years.
An application form needs to be completed by a supervisor and received by the Conference Secretariat at Lara.daSilvaMiguel@amededu.com.

Resource-Limited Settings
In addition, we are pleased to provide a discounted registration fee for all healthcare professionals, NGO/GO representatives, and advocates from resource-limited settings. This is available when completing the registration

For more information visit http://interestconference.org/

ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: 10th EDCTP Forum - Equity in Research for Health, 17-21 October 2021, Maputo, Mozambique

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

EDCTP invites submission of abstracts highlighting original contributions on strategic EDCTP research topics and on research capacity strengthening, linked to the Forum theme. Investigators involved in EDCTP-funded projects are encouraged to use this opportunity to share new developments and results from their projects. The deadline for abstracts is 28 June 2021.

Format and eligibility:
Abstracts must be submitted in English and should not exceed 300 words
Abstracts should follow the format: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions
Abstracts must not have been published or submitted for presentation to any other national or international meeting.Submission:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Abstracts must be submitted via the online system by 28 June 2021. Only abstracts submitted online by the deadline will be considered. Detailed instructions are available in the online submission system https://edctpforum.eventsair.com/edctp-forum-2021/abstract-submission. For questions regarding abstracts, please contact the EDCTP Forum Team (forum@edctp.org).

Evaluation procedure:
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Forum scientific programme committee and external experts, in collaboration with EDCTP secretariat members. Selection of abstracts will be based on the following criteria: Abstract quality; Relevance to the Forum theme and to EDCTP; Significance of the reported results
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by 14 July 2021.

Please note that the final decision on whether the abstract is accepted and, if so, whether it will be for a poster or oral presentation will be made by EDCTP and the Forum Programme Committee.
Presenting authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive further instructions for presenting their abstract. All presenters will be required to pre-record their presentations.

UKCDR WEBINAR: Equitable Partnerships for Global Research, 10 June 2021

Fri, May 28, 2021

UKCDR will be co-hosting a webinar on the 10th of June on Equitable Partnerships, in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Research Fairness Initiative: Equitable partnerships for global research webinar │ACU. 

To register visit https://www.acu.ac.uk/acu-events/equitable-partnerships-for-global-research-webinar/

The event includes speakers from a range of locations, and UKCDR’s Executive Director, Marta Tufet, will be presenting on the importance of equitable research partnerships, as well as highlighting the recently launched resource hub and equitable partnerships project.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 10th EDCTP Forum - Equity in Research for Health, 17-21 October 2021, Maputo, Mozambique

Fri, May 28, 2021

EDCTP invites submission of abstracts highlighting original contributions on strategic EDCTP research topics and on research capacity strengthening, linked to the Forum theme. Investigators involved in EDCTP-funded projects are encouraged to use this opportunity to share new developments and results from their projects. The deadline for abstracts is 10 June 2021.

Format and eligibility:
Abstracts must be submitted in English and should not exceed 300 words
Abstracts should follow the format: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions
Abstracts must not have been published or submitted for presentation to any other national or international meeting.

Submission:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Abstracts must be submitted via the online system by 10 June 2021. Only abstracts submitted online by the deadline will be considered. Detailed instructions are available in the online submission system https://edctpforum.eventsair.com/edctp-forum-2021/abstract-submission. For questions regarding abstracts, please contact the EDCTP Forum Team (forum@edctp.org).

Evaluation procedure:
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Forum scientific programme committee and external experts, in collaboration with EDCTP secretariat members. Selection of abstracts will be based on the following criteria: Abstract quality; Relevance to the Forum theme and to EDCTP; Significance of the reported results
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by 14 July 2021.

Please note that the final decision on whether the abstract is accepted and, if so, whether it will be for a poster or oral presentation will be made by EDCTP and the Forum Programme Committee.

Presenting authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive further instructions for presenting their abstract. All presenters will be required to pre-record their presentations.

Virtual Meeting: HIV Prevention Review Meeting 2021, 2 June 2021

Tue, May 25, 2021

The HIV Prevention Program is happening on June 2 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT. This program will start with a state-of-the-art update on HIV vaccines by Dr. Larry Corey, followed by an in-depth look at a variety of PrEP strategies, including daily oral and 2-1-1 PrEP, long-acting injectable cabotegravir, and newer agents entering the testing pipeline. You’ll hear from some of the world’s leading researchers on HIV PrEP, and we’ll close with a roundtable discussion, in which we’ll take questions from the audience to discuss the future of HIV prevention. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the current state of PrEP and what the future holds for HIV prevention.

Registration fees are waived for healthcare professionals. We welcome everyone involved in HIV prevention to join this important program.

Program Overview
• 09:00 AM PDT: Plenary Talk: HIV Vaccine Landscape
• 09:25 AM PDT: Session 1: Oral PrEP Today – Where Do We Stand?
• 10.00 AM PDT: Session 2: Long-Acting Injectable PrEP
• 11.20 AM PDT: Roundtable Discussion: Where is HIV Prevention Going?

To register visit https://virology.eventsair.com/hivpre2021/registration/Site/Register

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation, 29-30 June 2021

Tue, May 25, 2021

To maximize knowledge sharing across the globe and to combine forces in the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome anyone with an interest but lacking the resources to attend this important workshop to contact us for scholarship and discount opportunities.

Early Career Researchers and Academics from Resource-Limited-Settings
We invite young professionals working in the field of COVID-19 care and research as well as academics from Resource-Limited-Settings to join the discussion and apply for a scholarship that will fully cover the workshop registration fee.
Additional Discounts
We also provide a 50% discount on the academia registration fee to NGO representatives, government representatives (i.e. CDC, FDA, NIH, FDA), and advocates.
For more details, visit our website (https://academicmedicaleducation.com/covid-19-vaccine-development-implementation-2021/june-edition) or contact the Organizing Secretariat.

Scholarship Deadline: 22 June 2021 at 23:59 CEST

AVMI Webinar: Bringing International Vaccine Manufacturing Expertise To Nigeria/Africa, 27 May 2021

Tue, May 25, 2021

Innovative Biotech - Bringing International Vaccine Manufacturing Expertise to Nigeria/Africa

Chair: Charles Kamau, Co-Chair AVMI Communications Working Group

Speaker: Dr Simon Agwale, CEO of Innovative Biotech, Nigeria and Innovative Biotech, USA Inc

Please find below the Zoom link to register your attendance for the upcoming webinar this week.  

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R8XQvK9oShu1GJiGbcePfQ 

Date: Thursday, 27th May 2021

Time: 15h00 SAST | 13h00 GMT (60min)

Join the Next COVID-19 Clinical Forum Webinar, 1 June 2021

Fri, May 7, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our monthly COVID-19 Clinical Forum program has disseminated the latest emerging data on pathology, therapeutic options, diagnostics, public health strategies, vaccines, and beyond. This year alone, more than 900 participants from 93 countries across all continents have participated in the webinars. Healthcare providers involved in the care of SARS-CoV2 infected patients, infectious disease clinicians, clinical virologists, primary care physicians, intensivists, microbiologists, and specialized nurses are all invited to take part in this webinar series and join the next edition.

Registrations are already open for the June Edition of the COVID-19 Clinical Forum which will take place on 1 June at 20:00 CEST / 14:00 EDT.

Registration fees are waived for healthcare professionals. For more information on the program and to register for the webinar, please visit https://academicmedicaleducation.com/covid-19-clinical-forum-2021

UNAIDS Press Release: United Nations Secretary-General calls for a greater focus on ending inequalities to end AIDS

Fri, May 7, 2021

Forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported and just weeks before the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS, the United Nations Secretary-General has released a new report with recommendations and targets to get the world on track to end AIDS

NEW YORK, 30 April 2021—The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has warned that despite intensive action and progress made against HIV in some places and population groups, HIV epidemics continue to expand in others and issued a set of 10 key recommendations.* If followed by all countries, this will end the AIDS pandemic as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In a new report, Addressing inequalities and getting back on track to end AIDS by 2030, the United Nations Secretary-General urges the world to address the inequalities that are slowing progress.

“It is imperative to break out of an increasingly costly and unsustainable cycle of achieving some progress against HIV but ultimately not enough to bring about an end to the pandemic,” said Mr Guterres in the report. “Inequalities are the key reason why the 2020 global targets were missed. By ending inequalities, transformative outcomes can be achieved for people living with HIV, communities and countries.”

The global targets set out in the General Assembly’s 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS were missed by a long way, allowing the AIDS pandemic to grow in many regions and countries. The staggering 1.7 million new HIV infections that occurred in 2019 are more than three times higher than the 2020 target of less than 500 000 new infections. In addition, the 690 000 AIDS-related deaths in 2019 far exceed the 2020 target of reducing deaths to fewer than 500 000 a year.

“Ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is still within reach—many countries are showing that rapid progress against HIV is possible when evidence-informed strategies and human rights-based approaches are adopted,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima. “But it requires bold political leadership to challenge and address the social injustices and inequalities that continue to make certain groups of people and entire communities highly vulnerable to HIV infection.”

The report notes that COVID-19 has caused additional setbacks. The United Nations Secretary-General warned that COVID-19 is not an excuse for missing AIDS targets, but rather a stark warning to the countries that they can no longer afford to underinvest in pandemic preparedness and responses.
At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the many spill-over benefits of HIV investments in health and development. Community-led service delivery pioneered by the HIV response is helping to overcome the extraordinary impediments created by COVID-19.

The set of 10 recommendations to get the world back on track include: addressing inequalities and reaching all people living with or at risk of HIV infection to reduce the annual new HIV infections to under 370 000 and annual AIDS-related deaths to under 250 000 by 2025; prioritizing HIV prevention to ensure that 95% of people at risk of HIV infection have access to effective HIV prevention options by 2025; and eliminating new HIV infections among children.

The report underscores that addressing social and structural factors that perpetuate inequalities is key. It highlights, for example, how gender inequality, underpinned by harmful gender norms, restricts women’s use of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services by perpetuating gender-based violence and limiting decision-making power, including the ability of women and girls to refuse unwanted sex, negotiate safer sex and mitigate HIV risk. It also shows how vulnerable, marginalized and criminalized communities, such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, prisoners and migrants, also remain at higher risk of HIV infection than the general population because they are not receiving essential information and HIV treatment, prevention and care services. The United Nations Secretary-General describes how communities of people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV are the backbone of the HIV response. Initiatives led by people living with HIV, women, key populations, young people and other affected communities have identified and addressed key inequalities and service gaps, advocated for the rights of their constituents and expanded the reach, scale and quality of health services. In the report, Mr Guterres applauds UNAIDS’ recently adopted Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS.

“The lessons from the countries, cities and communities that successfully fast-tracked their HIV responses over the last five years are at the heart of the UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026,” said Mr Guterres. “The global AIDS community and UNAIDS have used an inequalities lens to develop the strategy, with new targets that are ambitious, granular and tailored to reach the furthest behind first.”

The report comes 25 years after the creation of UNAIDS and describes how COVID-19 has exposed social inequalities and health system weaknesses. The United Nations Secretary-General says that the world should leverage the experience from responding to the AIDS pandemic to strengthen health systems across the world and improve pandemic preparedness. He also calls for enhanced global solidarity to close the HIV resource gap and increase annual HIV investments in low- and middle-income countries to US$ 29 billion by 2025.

For more information and the full report visit https://hlm2021aids.unaids.org/sg-report/

Virtual meeting: Treatment Strategies and Antiviral Resistance, 26-28 May 2021

Fri, May 7, 2021

Are you a healthcare professional looking to improve your knowledge and optimize treatment for PLWH in the COVID-19 era? Then join the top European experts at the upcoming European Meeting on HIV and Hepatitis – Treatment Strategies and Antiviral Drug Resistance 2021 for the latest updates.

This meeting aims to:
- Gather professionals in the fields of HIV and hepatitis clinical care and research in an interactive workshop setting
- Provide a platform for presentation and discussion of the latest developments in the field of antiviral drug development
- Map important current studies and results
- Translate new data into treatment guidelines
- Educate clinicians on how to best implement current and new drugs in clinical practice

An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for the CME accreditation of this event.

For more information visit https://academicmedicaleducation.com/european-hiv-hepatitis-2021

Call for Abstracts: 10th EDCTP Forum - 'Equity in research for health', Mozambique, 17 – 20 October 2021

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

The 10th EDCTP Forum will be held as a virtual meeting hosted from the Joaquin Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo from 17 – 20 October 2021.
The Forum theme – Equity in research for health – is at the core of the EDCTP mission. The second EDCTP programme, EDCTP2, has seen increasing participation from across Africa and Europe in our projects. Nevertheless, gender and geographical disparities remain. We welcome your engagement and your input in discussions at the Forum about successes and challenges in achieving equity in research, and how best to ensure that research processes and outputs address health inequities.

The Forum objectives reflect the need for global research cooperation in preparedness and response to disease outbreaks, in public health emergencies, and in strengthening health systems. Awareness of this need has never been greater than it is now.

The hybrid format of the Forum (virtual and live from Maputo) presents a platform to take stock of the activities and achievements of currently operational Europe-Africa research and capacity building partnerships, including their contribution to strengthening the clinical research environment in African countries and progress towards sustainable development goals.

EDCTP is proud of its record in supporting the career development of African scientists, with more than 240 postgraduate students and 196 fellows supported under EDCTP2, many of whom will attend the Forum and contribute to its programme. We welcome participation from all stakeholders working in the remit of EDCTP2.

The call for abstracts (oral and poster presentations) is now open - Deadline: 12 June 2021. Visit https://www.edctp.org/news-resources/events/edctp-forums/

Our host partners, the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, through the National Institute of Health and the Manhiça Health Research Centre promise an exciting and interactive meeting experience. We look forward to your participation.

Last chance to submit your abstract and/or session for the 52nd Union World Conference | Deadline 4 May 2021

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

There is only one week left to share your research and participate to the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, to be held virtually on 19-22 October. Submissions will close on 4 May at 23.59 CEST.

We welcome submissions on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics, like COVID-19. Check out the full list of tracks here https://theunion.org/our-work/conferences/52nd-union-world-conference-on-lung-health/list-of-tracks

The types of proposals open for submissions are abstracts, symposia, workshops and post-graduate courses. Satellite sessions can be submitted until 30 June.

By presenting your research at the Union World Conference, you contribute to lung health discussions on a global stage. We look forward to ensuring that this year's conference is the most interactive and innovative edition to date, and that the information presented reaches broader and new audiences.
Note: abstract submissions for TBScience will open in June 2021.

Read the abstract and session guidelines and submit your proposal now https://wclh2021.abstractserver.com/submissionRegistration to the conference will open in June.
For any queries, please contact scientific@theunion.org.

Workshop: HIV & Adolescence | Building Health and Resilience 2021, 6-8 October 2021

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

The HIV & Adolescence workshop is a highlight in my calendar every year. Unique because of its wholesale involvement of young people, state of the art keynote lectures, and engaging conversations involving young and older, clinician and non-clinicians, scientists, and advocates. It provides cutting-edge reviews of the latest innovation, science, and issues challenging young people in a world that is facing its 4th decade of battling HIV. If you need a dose of information, activism, hope, and education all in one workshop please join!

The International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence strongly believes in the engagement and inclusion of young people in the workshop.
We are pleased to waive the registration fee for all delegates that are 25 years of age and below.
Additionally, we offer a 50% discount on the registration fee for all delegates that are 30 years of age and below.
If you are eligible for this discount, please click the button below to submit your application.

For more information visit https://virology.eventsair.com/international-workshop-on-hiv-adolescence-2021/registration/Site/Register

WEBINAR: Pharmacovigilance and clinical trials oversight in sub-Saharan Africa in the era of COVID-19, 12 May 2021

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

The University of the Western Cape, South Africa and SPaRCS partners invite all interested to this interactive webinar which seeks to sensitise a broader health systems and public health audience to pharmacoviligance (PV) and clinical trials oversight of medicines and vaccines. We will also be sharing information about the SPaRCS project and commence conversations for networking & collaboration within sub-Saharan African countries.

Keynote speaker: Dr Helen Ndagije (Director: Product Safety, National Drug Authority, Uganda)

*SPaRCS aims to strengthen pharmacovigilance (PV) systems and clinical trials oversight of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 14:00-15:30 South African Standard Time

Registration: https://uwc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuc--hpj8sHdUCzMsh5fy_LZ6fKFw_DKg7

Further information: tpetersen@uwc.ac.za, Tamlin Petersen, School of Public Health, UWC

EDCTP celebrates World Malaria Day!

Mon, Apr 26, 2021

On World Malaria Day 2021, EDCTP joins all partners in the ‘Zero Malaria – Draw the Line Against Malaria’ campaign towards the goal of malaria elimination. Towards malaria research & development, EDCTP has invested more than €150 million to support a portfolio of 64 research projects conducted by African-European consortia and research fellows in Africa.

These projects support the development of innovative products – diagnostics, drugs and vaccines – needed to manage, control and eliminate malaria. EDCTP funding progressed the development of the R21 vaccine that recently demonstrated greater than 75% protection in a recent phase II trial. The EDCTP malaria portfolio also includes studies on implementation of interventions and activities to strengthen health systems, essential to ensure successful roll-out of new and existing products, and to contribute to the malaria eradication agenda.

“We must not waver in our efforts to control and steadily move towards malaria eradication, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges. The recent exciting results from the clinical development of the R21 malaria vaccine in Burkina Faso bring us a step closer to a highly effective malaria vaccine. We remain committed to support the development of new and improved products for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment, as well as product-focused implementation research to ensure that these products reach the populations that need them most.”
Dr Michael Makanga, EDCTP Executive Director

For more about EDCTP funded malaria projects visit https://www.edctp.org/news/world-malaria-day-2021/

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop 2021 - June Edition, 29-30 June 2021

Mon, Apr 26, 2021

Safety, Efficacy, Uptake and Equitable Access

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use and a global vaccination effort is underway.

To receive an update on the latest vaccine developments and the implementation of vaccination strategies, join the second edition of our virtual series on COVID-19 vaccines with topics to include vaccine efficacy and safety concerning real-world data. World experts will discuss new diagnostic tools to detect emergent SARS-CoV-2 variants and measure protection against infection and its durability.

Interactive lectures will dive into the prospects of vaccine development, including novel vaccine targets, and tackling vaccine hesitance in vulnerable populations, among other burning questions.

For more information visit https://virology.eventsair.com/covid-19-vaccineworkshop/registration/Site/Register


Virtual workshop: International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics 2021, 16-17 July 2021

Mon, Apr 26, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics 2021 will offer virtual scholarships to help offset the cost of registration and/or internet connection for delegates who would otherwise be unable to attend. Applications will be reviewed by a dedicated review committee.

Available scholarships include:
• Registration only
• Data bundle only
• Registration & data bundle

To be eligible applicants must:
• Be actively involved in the field of HIV Pediatrics
• Be able to show benefits to their patients / research / community from attending the workshop
• Be willing and able to share information learned at the workshop with a larger community

Apply for your scholarship now and join HIV Pediatrics 2021! Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 April 2021 at 23:59 CEST https://virology.eventsair.com/hiv-pediatrics-2021/scholarships/Site/Register

Virtual workshop: Microbiome and HIV, 19-21 October 2021

Mon, Apr 26, 2021

We are pleased to inform you that abstract submission is open for the Microbiome & HIV Workshop 2021. Researchers are invited to present their latest studies or share their experiences in the microbiome and HIV field until 5 September 2021.

Abstracts can be submitted under the following categories:
• Comorbidities
• Microbicides / Vaccines
• Pathogenesis
• Technologies & Methodologies
• Transmission & Prevention
• Treatment & Cure

Young Investigators and Academia from Resource-Limited Settings with accepted abstracts will be provided with a registration waiver fee to join the workshop.
Visit our website for further information on abstract submission and available discounts for submitters - https://academicmedicaleducation.com/microbiome-hiv-2021

EDCTP-AIGHD Launch of a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap, 20 April 2021, 18:00-19:30 CEST

Sun, Apr 18, 2021 EDCTP and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) are pleased to invite you to a Special Session that we are jointly organising at the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines to launch a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap on 20 April 2021 at 18:00-19:30 CEST. Please find the agenda for this event enclosed for your information.

EDCTP has commissioned AIGHD to develop a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap to identify priorities for coordinating global action to accelerate the development and implementation of new TB vaccines. It has been developed through an iterative global consultative process designed to identify the key barriers to TB vaccine R&D and implementation, and potential ways in which they might be overcome. It is intended to provide a shared set of priorities to guide the activities of all stakeholders with an interest in TB vaccine development and use.

More information can be found on the EDCTP website: https://www.edctp.org/event/edctp-aighd-special-session-at-the-virtual-global-forum-on-tb-vaccines/ 

To register please follow this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pbpKgGpRR6ejZN1B-i0bxQ

We hope that you will be able to join us and please do kindly help with disseminating this information amongst your relevant contacts.

AIDSImpact Webinar: The Nexus Between HIV and COVID-19, 22 April 2021

Sun, Apr 18, 2021

AIDSImpact is an international behavioral and psychosocial science conference that addresses issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care, focusing both globally and on specific communities and countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Join the 1st webinar on "The Nexus Between HIV and COVID-19." This webinar will take place on Thursday, 22 April 2021. Registration is provided complimentary by AIDSImpact.

For more information visit https://virology.eventsair.com/aidsim2021ws/registrationapril/Site/Register

Healthy Living With HIV - Impact of Mental Health on Quality of Life, 24-25 May 2021

Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Advances in the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy, coupled with improved access to an increasing variety of regimens, have positively affected longevity. People are now living longer with HIV than ever before. This increased life expectancy, alongside long-term adherence to antiretroviral prophylaxis, brings new factors to address. Clinical characteristics commonly observed in aging, such as an increased number of chronic conditions and the use of multiple medications, need to be taken into consideration. Concurrently, monitoring for potential toxicity for those on long-term antiretroviral medication remains significant. With this increase in treatment length, examination of the effects of long-term prophylaxis concerning quality of life and emotional status is vital.

Join our session on Healthy Living with HIV at the European HIV Clinical Forum 2021, where Dr. Carmina Fumez will share her insights surrounding the impact of mental health on the quality of life of people living with HIV.

To register visit https://academicmedicaleducation.com/hiv-clinical-forum/european-2021

WSPID Webinar: Managing children with HIV and tuberculosis in the shadow of a global pandemic, Wednesday 21 April 2021

Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Join us for presentations and a Q&A on managing HIV and tuberculosis in children in the midst of a global pandemic.

Speakers:
Dr Usa Thisyakorn (Thailand): Professor of Pediatrics & Executive Director, Tropical Medicine Cluster, Chulalongkorn University
Dr Marieke van der Zalm (South Africa): Paediatrician and clinical researcher, Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr Harsha Lochan (South Africa): Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Frere Hospital

Programme:
1. Frontline experience of managing children with HIV and tuberculosis infections in a pandemic (Harsha Lochan)
2. The prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV: gains and losses over 25 years (Usa Thisyakorn)
3. Diagnosing childhood TB in the face of COVID-19 (Marieke van der Zalm)

Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: 9.00-10.30 CEST (Amsterdam) | 14.00-15.30 GMT+7 (Bangkok)

To register visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9116177086177/WN_YJpnuZW4Sxy4YdAZE2L5hA?mkt_tok=MzA1LVFVSy01MTkAAAF8c9bb8GIk7mh3x0t7lwhqpNVsU8qN_Nm9ThC6yuyEhBUmLX7lu14XXqmQcdcs1D42oUPxkXClyRPoAbgDt-yy8W5uoH4ITuWEyOFFJVJzfcnp


Submit your proposal for the 52nd Union World Conference before 4 May 2021

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Share your research, case study or best practice by submitting a proposal for presentation at the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health. We welcome abstract and session proposals on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics.

The Union World Conference, taking place virtually from 19 - 22 October 2021, will focus on the theme Lung Health for All: Solutions for a New Era, by exploring the challenges facing global health. With the world still in the grip of a lung health pandemic, it is also confronting questions about systemic race relations and how the same vulnerable communities that bear the brunt of TB and HIV have now been hit the hardest by COVID-19.

Please carefully read the guidelines for abstract, Symposia, Post-graduate courses, Workshops and Satellite sessions before you begin. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, 4 May 2021, with the exception of satellite sessions for which the deadline is Wednesday, 30 June. Abstract submissions for TBScience will open in June 2021.

Submit now to be part of the conference programme and, in this time of pandemic, benefit from the global platform that will be offered to make your voice heard.

Are you a novel researcher?
The Union’s Abstract Mentor Programme aims to provide an opportunity for individuals with limited experience writing and submitting abstracts to work with a volunteer mentor, someone with notable experience. Mentors review and provide feedback on the writing and content of an abstract.
If you have any questions about the Abstract Mentoring Programme and/or want to participate as a mentee, please follow the steps on the website and contact us at mentoring@theunion.org if you have any questions or if you are a senior researcher willing to participate as a mentor.

For more information visit https://theunion.org/our-work/conferences/52nd-union-world-conference-on-lung-health/abstract-submission-guidelines

INVITATIONAL BID TO HOST THE 22nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS AND STI’s IN AFRICA (ICASA 2023)

Sun, Apr 11, 2021

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) represented by its President; Prof. John Idoko, hereby invites African countries wishing to host the 22nd International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in 2023 (ICASA 2023) to send in their application bid document to the SAA Secretariat in Accra- Ghana. The closing date for submission of the Application is 30th July 2021.
ICASA 2023 will be the 22nd edition of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa to be organized by the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA).

Any African country is eligible to be considered to host ICASA. However, certain criteria must be fulfilled to qualify for selection.

For more information contact ICASA2023bid@saafrica.org or visit https://saafrica.org/new/invitational-bid-to-host-the-22nd-international-conference-on-aids-and-stis-in-africa-icasa-2023/


Regional Webinar: Fair, equitable and timely allocation of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa

Sun, Apr 11, 2021

As the African continent is fast-tracking strategies and plans to roll out immunisation programs, there is a need to engage in continuous public deliberations with healthcare professionals, citizens, civil society organisations, community leaders, the media, policy makers, public health experts, and researchers.

Join a webinar on a Fair, Equitable and Timely Allocation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Africa.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
13h00 – 16h00 PM East Africa Time
12h00 – 15h00 PM Central Africa Time

Register in advance for the webinar:
https://unesco-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mFgVhzRJQiWMU9c86bhUrQ

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES
Safia Mahomed (South Africa National Bioethics Committee): mahoms1@unisa.ac.za

Phinith Chanthalangsy (UNESCO): p.chanthalangsy@unesco.org

Webinar: EDCTP-AIGHD Special Session at the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines: Launch of a Global Roadmap

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

The Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap was commissioned by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) to the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) to identify priorities to coordinate global action to accelerate the development and implementation of new TB vaccines. The Roadmap has been developed through an iterative global consultative process designed to identify the key barriers to TB vaccine R&D and implementation, and potential ways in which they might be overcome. It is intended to provide a shared set of priorities to guide the activities of all stakeholders with an interest in TB vaccine development and use.AIGHD and EDCTP are pleased to invite the global TB vaccine community and interested stakeholders to attend the official launch of the Roadmap. The session opens with an introduction to the Roadmap, followed by an overview of current challenges and opportunities for TB vaccine R&D, and the perspective from a community representative. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with a diverse group of stakeholders, each sharing their comments on the Roadmap, their views on how they are planning to use it, and how they consider it can guide the future development of TB vaccines.

When: 20 April 2021, 18:00-19:30 CEST

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

REGISTER NOW: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pbpKgGpRR6ejZN1B-i0bxQ

Webinar on World Health Day - Towards Fairer and Healthier South Africa, 7 April 2021

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

The Minister of Health, South Africa, Dr Zweli Mkhize and and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa invite you to webinar on World Health Day.

Overall objective: Generate awareness about the health inequities and strengthen efforts towards more inclusive approach for Universal Health Coverage and health security in South Africa
• Impact of COVID-19 on health inequities - Professor John Ataguba
• Access to quality essential health services for all – Professor Lydia Caircncross
• Building resilient health systems – Dr Flavia Senkubuge
• National Health Insurance- the greatest social equaliser - Professor Rob van Niekerk

Date: 7 April 2021

Time: 10.00am (SA time)

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PDCSaoh6S5mpEb2MunTiFA

Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research: call for applications now open

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

The event is supported by Fogarty, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Wellcome Trust, and will serve as a pilot to help determine if there is sufficient interest in a recurring event in the future.

The event will bring researchers and humanitarian organizations together to share experiences and promote collaboration around health research in humanitarian settings, modelled after the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (which Fogarty also supports). The target audience is early- to mid-career researchers from LMICs and countries affected by humanitarian crises, though the applications are open to all interested parties.

Applications are invited for case study presenters and general participants, with a submission deadline of May 28, 2021.

The following themes for case studies for the upcoming Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research may be of interest (announcement below). Case studies to be presented at GFH2R should relate specifically to the theme of “Research in the Context of Concurrent Crises.” Questions that could be explored in the case studies include, but are not limited to:
• What are the key ethical considerations for researchers working in the context of multiple humanitarian crises? What are some specific ethical dilemmas in these settings?
• How can researchers better engage with communities living in humanitarian crises?
• How can research provide an opportunity for inclusion and nurture leadership of local actors in problem solving in such contexts?
• What are specific experiences and good practices related to the study of specific subpopulations (e.g. vulnerable populations, women, children, etc.)?

For more information visit https://www.fic.nih.gov/About/center-global-health-studies/Pages/health-research-humanitarian-crises-global-forum.aspx


The Science Behind COVID-19: Interpreting Epidemiological Trends and Models

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

What is mathematical epidemiology and how has it traditionally been used? What can epidemiological trends tell us and what is the importance of genomic surveillance? How can mathematical modelling support planning of COVID-19 interventions? Join us to review the history of mathematical epidemiology and modelling, its world-wide prominence over the last 12 months, and why we are discussing the science behind COVID-19 modelling and epidemiology data today. We will look at monitoring of genetic variants, communication beyond the science to decision makers, COVID-19 vaccine and intervention modelling, and how to interpret scenarios (not forecasts) for decision making.

Preliminary Programme
12:00 Setting the Scene and Interpreting Epidemiologicial Trends, Melissa Penny and Nakul Chitnis, Swiss TPH
12:25 Genomic Surveillance and Epidemiological Trends, Sarah Nadeau, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich)
12:50 Understanding Intervention Scenarios, Andrew Shattock, Swiss TPH
13:15 Q&A
13:30 End of Session

For more information and to register visit - https://www.swisstph.ch/en/about/events/ves/

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop, 29 to 30 June 2021

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

The program will focus on the discussion of protective immunity, vaccine effectivity, the impact of vaccine variants, and the global rollout of vaccination campaigns, all based on the latest scientific data. We hope to promote understanding and stimulate further discussion and research among virologists, infection diseases specialists, the community, and policymakers. This will be done in the truly global context of the COVID-19 pandemic, considering regional differences in access to medications, health system capacity, and public measures.

Registration for the workshop is now open. Make sure to sign up before 28 April to benefit from the Early Fee.
Scholarships and registration waivers are available for young professionals and/or academia from resource-limited settings.

Visit our website for more information on registration fees - https://academicmedicaleducation.com/covid-19-vaccine-development-implementation-2021/june-edition?tab=2&utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

Preventing HIV Transmission in Africa - What We Need To Do in the Next Five Years

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

We are pleased to feature Dr. Catherine Hankins, the Scientific Chair of the INTEREST Conferences from 2014-2020, in the Online Meeting Highlights edition on HIV in Africa. Dr. Hankins draws from her rich expertise and summarizes how prevention remains an important pillar in bringing the HIV epidemic to an end in Sub-Saharan Africa, and what steps need to be taken in the coming years.

Ending AIDS as a Public Health Threat
The ambitious target of having achieved viral suppression in 73% of all people living with HIV by 2020, as set by the United Nations General Assembly in the Sustainable Development goals, has not yet been reached though a progressive increase can be observed globally. In Sub-Saharan Africa, gender and regional inequity remains with respect to prevalence, testing, mortality, and new infections.

Key Scientific Advances in HIV Prevention
Looking into the HIV treatment and prevention toolkit, data from recent and ongoing clinical trials show promising results for vaginal rings, oral PrEP, long-acting injectables, monoclonal antibodies, and preventive HIV vaccines.

What Is Needed Now
To bend the epidemic's trajectory further in Africa, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV treatment and prevention services have to be addressed, as well as stigma which is an important impediment to rolling out programs and for people to come forward and participate. Finally, learn what is necessary to initiate comprehensive prevention programs that address the social determinants of HIV risk.

For more information on the module visit - https://academicmedicaleducation.com/online-meeting-highlights/2020-12?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OMH2403&utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

The Hole in Africa's Heart: Africa's unrecognised, un-administered and under-administered territories.

Tue, Mar 30, 2021

A critical aspect of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in many African countries is whether there are districts or regions that are either entirely un-administered by the authorities or are under-administered, for a variety of reasons. Regions that fall entirely outside the ambit of governments’ abilities to respond to the virus largely embrace those that fall under the control of separatist groups or rebels. Regions that are under-serviced fall into three, sometimes interlinked, categories:

1. those which are difficult to reach because of their remoteness or arid/rugged terrain;
2. poor rural areas which under-resourced governments battle to serve, even under normal conditions; and
3. those from which state services including healthcare are deliberately withheld or restricted because their populations are viewed as hostile to the central state.

The lack of access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic experienced by millions of Africans as a result of living in ungoverned, under-serviced, rebel-controlled, or poorly-supported alternatively-administered regions raises a unique set of problems for governments, donor agencies, and healthcare professionals combating the novel Coronavirus. Accountability International believes that the sheer scale and persistence of this problem has caused many decision-makers at country and international levels to turn a blind eye to it – with the unfortunate result being the avoidance of the duty of care in this troublesome third of the continent. However, under numerous human rights, humanitarian, and healthcare conventions to which Africa’s governments are signatory – and to which alternate administrations and some though far from all rebel groups claim adherence – the people living in these zones deserve equitable access to universal healthcare including adequate COVID-19 testing, treatment, and care.

Date and Time:
Thursday 1st April 2021
11AM (East African Time)
10AM (Central African Time)
9AM (West African Time)

To register please email rsvp@accountability.international 

UKCDR AND ESSENCE: New resource hub launched to support equity in international research partnerships

Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The UKCDR and ESSENCE launched a new resource hub to support equity in research partnerships - https://www.ukcdr.org.uk/news-article/equitable-partnerships-resource-hub-launch/.

This hub brings together guidance, tools and principles on equitable partnerships from across the world, including the TRUST consortium and COHRED.
The aim is to support all those involved in the research process (research funders, researchers, research managers) to develop or embed policies and practices which support equity in international research partnerships – with a focus on research partnerships between those in the Global North and Global South.

To view the tools please visit: https://www.ukcdr.org.uk/guidance/equitable-partnerships-hub/

Globvac Conference 20-21 April 2021

Fri, Mar 26, 2021


The overarching theme of this digital conference will be the changing landscape of the Global Health in the 21st century. By this conference, we want to present and celebrate results and achievements in global health research in the last decades, while looking into the next decade. What will be the main challenges in the years to come? How can the future research agenda build upon what has been done and achieved, still focusing on the unfinished agenda and the unmet needs of the LMICs, while seeing the opportunities of new technologies and a greater understanding of the necessity of working across sectors, boundaries and research disciplines in the future?

Please visit our website for more information and registration - https://www.globvac2021.com/

The Globvac 2021 Conference will be hosted virtually, free of charge and will be open to everyone.

World TB Day: the promise of ending the TB epidemic

Thu, Mar 25, 2021

World TB Day puts the spotlight on tuberculosis (TB), a poverty-related infectious disease of epidemic proportions. Currently, it causes more deaths than any other infectious disease, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Every year, an estimated 10 million people fall ill; in 2019, 1.4 million people died from TB. All members of the United Nations committed to ending TB as an epidemic by 2030. However, the 2020 WHO progress report concluded that the world is not on schedule to achieve the 2022 targets. The COVID-19 pandemic even threatens to reverse recent progress towards global TB targets. Chronic global underfunding of TB research means that cheap, accessible point-of-care tests, better vaccines and simple, short treatment regimens are lacking. Ending TB depends on the development and rapid uptake of new tools and innovation.


“Our steady commitment to fight TB has led to a growing R&D portfolio of grants on novel diagnostics, more patient-friendly treatments, and experimental vaccines for pre-and post-exposure use – especially targeting vulnerable populations. Moreover, we have invested in international coordination of TB vaccine R&D, and preparation of ground for a new global TB vaccine roadmap. EDCTP is convinced a concerted global R&D effort will end TB.”
Dr Michael Makanga, EDCTP Executive Director

Visit https://www.edctp.org/news/world-tb-day-promise-ending-tb-epidemic/ to learn more about EDCTPs efforts to end TB.

Webinar: Covid-19 vaccines safety surveillance in Africa

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

This Webinar is organized by Pharmacovigilance Africa (PAVIA), a project funded by EDCTP aimed at improving pharmacovigilance for poverty-related diseases in four African countries through strengthening links between regulatory authorities and public health programmes.

Time: Apr 19, 2021 02:00 PM in Amsterdam

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sA_f64HFQ0KYnO4XWio2sA

Launch: GACD Implementation Science e-Hub

Fri, Mar 19, 2021

The South African Medical Research Council participates in the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, a collaboration of major international research funding agencies that support joint funding calls and research capacity building activities to address chronic, non-communicable diseases. The alliance focuses on implementation research in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) and in vulnerable and indigenous populations in high-income countries (HICs).

The GACD have announced the launch of the Implementation Science e-Hub. The e-Hub is a free, virtual platform for knowledge and skill development in implementation research. It is intended for researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners at any stage in their career, from anywhere in the world, interested in improving their knowledge of implementation research, especially its application for the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases in low-resource settings.

For more information visit https://implementationscience-gacd.org/

International Workshop on HIV and Adolescence 2021, 6-8 October 2021, Lusaka, Zambia

Fri, Mar 19, 2021

We are pleased to introduce two new members of the Organizing Committee for the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence.
Allison Agwu and Nadia Sam-Agudu both have extensive experience in the field of HIV & Adolescence and we are excited to collaborate with them on this year's distinguished program.

We are passionate about providing a platform for young people to share their voices and experiences in this workshop.
To better enable young people to attend, we are pleased to waive the registration fee for all delegates that are 25 years of age and below. Additionally, we offer a 50% discount on the registration fee for all delegates that are 30 years of age and below.

Abstract submission will open on 1 April. We will accept two types of abstracts:
• Research Abstracts: Present the latest results from your study or research and discuss your findings with an expert audience.
• “Lessons Learned” Abstracts: What worked and what did not work? Share your experiences and exchange ideas with a multidisciplinary audience.

To receive this discount, please apply here: https://virology.eventsair.com/international-workshop-on-hiv-adolescence-2021/youthapplication
Visit our website for more information about registration and discounts: https://academicmedicaleducation.com/hiv-adolescence-2021

Michelson Prizes 2021

Wed, Mar 17, 2021

The Michelson Prizes are annual awards of $150,000, which support young investigators under the age of 35 who are using disruptive concepts and inventive processes to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy discovery research for major global diseases. The Prizes are funded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and overseen by the Human Vaccines Project -- the application window for the 2021 Prizes will run from April 1 – June 18, 2021.

The 2021 Michelson Prizes will be looking for research proposals in two areas:
• Human Immunology and Vaccine Research: The committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.
• Climate Change and Human Immunology: The committee is looking for research that expands our understanding of the potential effects of climate change on immune function with a particular interest in research that will directly translate into vaccine and immunotherapy development to mitigate its impact.

The selection committee will be looking to support research that is both highly innovative and has the potential for high impact. Specifically, projects should propose innovative ideas and approaches that can be applied across many disease areas and states. Projects should have the potential to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system and accelerate the development of vaccines and immunotherapies.

While the Michelson Prizes are focused on research in the fields of immunology, vaccine and immunotherapy discovery, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, environmental health, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply.

Additional info can be found at https://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/michelsonprizes/

52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, 19-22 October 2021

Wed, Mar 17, 2021

The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health is now accepting submissions to the conference programme. We welcome submissions on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics.

The Union World Conference, taking place virtually from 19 - 22 October 2021, will focus on the theme Lung Health for All: Solutions for a New Era, by exploring the challenges facing global health. With the world still in the grip of a lung health pandemic, it is also confronting questions about systemic race relations and how the same vulnerable communities that bear the brunt of TB and HIV have now been hit the hardest by COVID-19.

Submit now to be part of the conference programme. The following types of submissions are open:
• Abstracts
• Symposia
• Satellite sessions
• Post-graduate courses
• Workshops

Please read the guidelines for abstract and session submissions carefully before you begin. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, 4 May, with the exception of satellite sessions for which the deadline is Wednesday, 30 June. Abstract submissions for TBScience will open in June 2021.

Visit https://theunion.org/

Webinar: EDCTP COVID-19 Emergency Funding Mechanism 18-19 March 13:00-17:00 CET

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

As of March 2021, EDCTP is supporting 26 collaborative research projects under its COVID-19 Emergency Funding Mechanism, activated in April 2020. One year on from the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, many research questions have been answered, many others are still under investigation and new questions are emerging.We invite you to join us in this live webinar where we will share experiences and study findings among the EDCTP-supported COVID-19 research consortia, discuss new emerging questions and current public health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa, and inform the global research community and stakeholders about EDCTP-funded COVID-19 research in sub-Saharan Africa.

When: 18-19 March 2021, 13:00-17:00 CETWhere: Virtual (Zoom)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cHhn2t0SQvuNJYemkJesBg

SA AIDS Conference - HIV and COVID-19, 9-10 June 2021

Mon, Mar 15, 2021

The virtual conference will be held in the evenings from 16:00 – 20:00 over 2 days. We will invite renown local, regional and international speakers from the HIV community to discuss and debate the impact COVID-19 has had on the South African and regional HIV epidemic. The speakers will reflect on progress made in the HIV response in the context of COVID-19, the impact the pandemic has had on people living with HIV and on HIV/TB service delivery. We will also touch on COVID-19 vaccines in people living with HIV.

SA AIDS in-person Conference 2022
The in-person conference will be postponed to 2022 when we hope we will be able to host the conference in Durban.

For more information visit http://saaids.co.za/

LiberHetica: Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building: International Dialogues, 26 March 2021

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

The LiberHetica and BERC-Luso consortia will meet on the 26th March 2021 to discuss about Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan African countries.
The BERC-Luso and LiberHetica are two projects funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aimed at strenghting ethics and regulatory capacities for clinical trials by partnerships between African and European countries, and involving 5 Sub-Saharan African countries (Liberia, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Cape-Verde) and 2 European countries (U.K. and Portugal).

For more information visit https://www.liberhetica.org/2021/03/09/biomedical-ethics-and-regulatory-capacity-building-international-dialogues/

GloPID-R Webinar: COVID-19 RESEARCH IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES, 29-30 March 2021

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

This meeting will bring together global research funders, including those who are funding research on COVID-19 within low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), with the community of researchers who are actively undertaking this research across LMICs.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Clinical research
• Health systems & indirect impacts of COVID-19
• Transmission
• One Health

Registration details and full programme to follow.
Ahead of the “COVID-19 Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” meeting, we are keen to understand researcher perspectives on the barriers to, and enablers of, effective research in COVID-19 research in and for LMICs. To provide your inputs, please complete this short survey (3 mins) - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5PLMP2C
The findings will be used to identify lessons learnt to inform future research responses to epidemics and pandemics in LMICs

To register visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5516147671296/WN_wz4_fyLWSQOn3B6E0Iy3pw

DNDi Webinar: Operational experience for COVID-19 vaccine trials: Lessons from the field, 17 March 2021

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

With over 80 COVID-19 vaccine candidates now in phase 1, 2 or 3 clinical trials, social, ethical and political questions continue to emerge. Whilst vaccine trials adhere to bioethics, their everyday ethics are negotiated in the field by frontline workers engaging with communities in specific local contexts. This is especially so when research elicits local concerns that are expressed through rumours, gossip, conspiracy theories and alternative explanatory models. Building good relations between researchers and communities requires engaging with these rumours, as they articulate local interpretations of medical research ethics.

In this webinar, the second in a series on social science research related to vaccine trials, attendees will hear from social science and community engagement experts who will draw on their experiences from clinical trials during COVID-19 and past epidemics. Speakers will share and discuss issues related to everyday ethical and practical challenges in community engagement work.

MODERATOR: Prof. Shelley Lees | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

SPEAKERS:
• Mr Mahmood H. Bangura | University of Makeni & EBOVAC-Salone, Sierra Leone
• Ms Noni Mumba | KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
• Dr Malina Osman | Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
• Mr Benjamin Shukuru Kasiwa | World Vision & Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs, Democratic Republic of the Congo

For more information visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3216057251193/WN_aTL854nuT9-jd2ADNO9YcQ


Virology Education: Optimal Use of HIV Diagnostics in Africa

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

Module Overview
Director of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. John Nkengasong, brings to you top-level insights and remarkable achievements that have been accomplished in HIV medicine on the African continent. The substantial scale-up of HIV testing services has contributed to tremendous progress in the fight against HIV. However, despite this, approx. 20% of people with HIV remain unaware of their status. To reduce this gap in diagnosis, increases in the efficiency and effectiveness of services are needed.

In this eLearning module, Dr. Nkengasong will discuss the pivotal role of HIV diagnostics, review developments that have occurred in the area of diagnostics, and outline the remaining barriers and opportunities.

For more information visit: https://academicmedicaleducation.com/

EDCTP and Africa CDC partner to train 150 highly skilled epidemiologists and biostatisticians in Africa

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

On 10 April 2020, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched a 5 million EUR call for proposals. The call aims to establish an African cohort of epidemiologists by supporting institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe that develop such cadres through Master’s degree training in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Africa faces many challenges with its public health response to outbreaks - epidemiological data is often unavailable or severely limited; there is a shortage of skilled personnel and systems to collect and analyze available data, and efficiently translate this to inform policy and practice. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the severe shortages of the health research workforce, infrastructure and capacity for conducting research, as well as the capacity to develop drugs, vaccines, diagnostic tests and laboratory supplies in the African region.

The 10 successful projects (out of 45 applicants) will result in the training of a cohort of 150 epidemiologists recruited from across sub-Saharan Africa.
A network of 51 organisations are involved in the 10 successful projects - 42 organisations in West, East, Central and Southern regions of sub-Saharan Africa, 9 organisations in Europe. These 51 organisations include 24 leading universities in Europe and Africa, working in partnership with NPHIs, Ministries of Health, as well as other research and not for profit organisations.

https://www.edctp.org/news/edctp-africa-cdc-partner-train-highly-skilled-epidemiologists-biostatisticians-africa/


Webinar: EDCTP COVID-19 Emergency Funding Mechanism - Collaborative clinical research studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, 18-19 March 2021

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

EDCTP activated its Emergency Funding Mechanism in April 2020 to support collaborative clinical research studies in sub-Saharan Africa to manage and/or prevent the spread of the current COVID-19 outbreak. Twenty-six projects have been supported in 22 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. One year on from the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, many research questions have been answered, many others are still under investigation and new questions are emerging.

Speakers & Participants
Speakers will primarily include representatives of the EDCTP-funded COVID-19 Emergency Projects. Selected speakers will share preliminary findings (where available) and/or lessons learnt so far. The meeting will be open to researchers and all other interested stakeholders.

Agenda
The programme includes presentations and panel discussions on the following topics:
- Surveillance and response
- Focus on special populations (pediatric, pregnant women)
- COVID-19 and other major infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (HIV, TB, Malaria)
- New emerging research questions and knowledge gaps specific to sub-Saharan Africa

When and How to join?
The meeting will be held in 2 separate afternoons via Zoom on 18-19 March 2021, each day from 1 to 5PM Central European Time (CET). Registration is required (one link for both days).
Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cHhn2t0SQvuNJYemkJesBg

Keystone Symposia: Malaria in the Era of COVID-19, 16-17 March 2021

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

How can we tackle the global threat of COVID-19 without neglecting the fight against malaria? This Keystone e-Symposium will shed light on how to effectively combat the dual challenges of a malaria-endemic world, along-side new complications posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must tackle these global health challenges together, as a united community, so as not to lose ground against either of these formidable diseases.

Presenters will share recent progress and innovation in malaria research, from targeted public health interventions to new applications of decision-making science in global health. The program will also stimulate debate on how the malaria community is navigating shifting boundaries in open access publishing, data sharing, and competing priorities for research funding.

Looking to future challenges and future generations of malaria research, participants will discuss the dynamic nature of a career in the malaria field with experts from diverse career paths, from leading research in endemic countries, to forging start-up enterprises, to guiding global level policy making. In addition, we will address how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted those in early stages of their careers, and strategies to overcome these new hurdles to achieve your career goals.

For more information visit https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/live/807/page/8052

WSPID Webinar: The changing epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 March 2021

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Join us for presentations and a Q&A on the changing epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in the COVID-19 pandemic, with special guest Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty (Australia).
Programme:

Is SARS-COV-2 really a respiratory infection in children? - Helena Rabie & Andrew Redfern (South Africa)
Where have all the other respiratory viruses gone? - Sheena Sullivan (Australia)
What have we learned about RSV epidemiology and prevention? - Juan-Pablo Torres (Chile)

Date: 1 March 2021 EST & CET | 2 March 2021 AEDT
Time: 15.00-16.30 EST | 21.00-22.30 CET | 7.00-8.30 AEDT (2 March 2021)

REVISED ICASA 2021 Key Dates, 6-11 December 2021

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian and organizer of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) would like to inform beloved delegates and distinguished key stakeholders that ICASA 2021 will be organized either virtual, in-person or hybrid and all adequate dispositions is being taken to give opportunity once again, to our continent to address challenges to end HIV and strengthen our health system in the era where access to COVID-19 Vaccine is our priority.

The revised Key Dates for the 21st edition of the International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA 2021) from 6th – 11th December 2021:

ABSTRACTS open 1 March 2021

EARLY REGISTRATION opens 1 March 2021

REGULAR REGISTRATION opens 18 May 2021

SCHOLARSHIP APPLCATIONS open 2 July 2021

For more information visit https://saafrica.org/


EDCTP Knowledge Hub Webinar - Protocol Development - 25 February 12.30-14.00 CET

Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Following the successful webinar on data management and data sharing, EDCTP and TGHN invite you to join in a new live webinar focusing on the tools and guidance available in the Protocol Development Toolkit on the EDCTP Knowledge Hub, to support the development of high-quality health research protocols. This webinar will take place on 25 February from 12.30-14.00 CET.
We encourage all EDCTP grantees to join us for this webinar, which is an open event and will be particularly relevant to researchers involved in clinical trials in low-resource settings from both the public and private sector, data managers, development partners, other funders, and public health experts.

More information, the agenda and registration details can be found on the EDCTP website: https://www.edctp.org/event/webinar-produce-high-quality-health-research-protocol/

Registration can be done directly via the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9016122698721/WN_nedbD11tQ4ydNijKnA8irQ

11th IAS Conference on HIV Science. 18-21 July 2021

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Registration for IAS 2021 – the 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science – is now open. Register today and join thousands of HIV professionals at the world’s most influential virtual meeting on HIV research from 18-21 July 2021.

Early registration closes 31 March 2021https://ias2021.org/registration/

Bring your science to IAS 2021 to present your new ideas, concepts and research on a global virtual platform. Abstracts will be accepted until 15 February 2021 https://www.ias2021.org/abstracts/

The International Scholarship Programme is open to everyone around the world working or volunteering in the field of HIV. Take part and apply before 26 February 2021https://www.ias2021.org/scholarships/


Global Forum on TB Vaccines, 20-22 April 2021

Mon, Feb 8, 2021

The Global Forum on TB Vaccines is the world’s largest gathering of stakeholders striving to develop new vaccines to prevent TB. It provides an important and unique opportunity to review the state of the field, share the latest research findings, and identify new and innovative approaches to TB vaccine R&D, with the end goal of developing and deploying new TB vaccines as quickly as possible. The Global Forum program addresses the full spectrum of issues relevant to TB vaccine research and development (R&D), from basic research to clinical trials, manufacturing, regulatory, access, and advocacy.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines will be convened from 20 - 22 April 2021. It will provide an overview of the state of the field and recent progress in TB vaccine R&D against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic; and convene researchers, developers, funders and other stakeholders remotely to discuss opportunities and challenges for TB vaccine R&D in these unprecedented times.

To register visit https://tbvaccinesforum.org/register/

COVID-19 Clinical Forum, 19 January, 23 February, 23 March, 20 April 2021

Mon, Jan 25, 2021 What happens when two pandemics run into each other? And what should you consider when treating COVID-19 in people living with HIV? Find the answers to these questions and more in tomorrow's COVID-19 Clinical Forum webinar. This webinar is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). More information is available below.
Join us tomorrow if you are interested to hear what emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants mean in the light of virus transmission and vaccine-provided protection.
The webinar will also highlight the latest clinical data about the use of convalescent plasma in elderly people, and which patients could most benefit from a combination of antiviral and immunomodulatory drugs.
Registration is complimentary for non-industry representatives. Check our website for fees and conditions - https://academicmedicaleducation.com/covid-19-clinical-forum-2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop, 16-17 February 2021

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

The remarkably rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine has fueled enthusiasm about ending the pandemic. Yet, many questions remain elusive. Keep pace with this evolving area and join the COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop 2021 from 16 - 17 February. You will hear about the current understanding of vaccine-provided protection, how emerging variants should be monitored, and which approach to take in order to get the maximum public health benefit out of the current vaccination programs.

Registration is open and complimentary for non-industry participants - https://virology.eventsair.com/covid-vaccine-feb-2021/registration/Site/Register

African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) Pilot Programme launched 8 December 2020

Fri, Dec 11, 2020

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the role of science, technology and innovation is unprecedentedly and explicitly recognised as a vital driver of sustainability. The EU and the African Union equally recognise that a sustainable transition to knowledge-based economies needs to rely on science, research and innovation as cornerstones of their strategies.
In light of this, Friends of Europe is delighted to support, the EU and the African Union in the launch of the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) Pilot Programme, a novel pan-African instrument to support scientific excellence with a European support of €25 million from the EU’s Development Cooperation Instrument. The pilot programme aims to enhance the conditions in which African knowledge is created and disseminated, and to make the African research ecosystem less vulnerable to brain drain.
As some 375 million young people are expected to reach working age in Africa within the next 15 years, investing in people, in particular in youth, is one of the cornerstones of the Africa-Europe partnership.

Incase you missed it visit https://www.friendsofeurope.org/events/virtual-launch-of-the-african-research-initiative-for-scientific-excellence-arise-pilot-programme/


SADC E8 Inaugural Research Webinar - Malaria importation and the need for improved surveillance in E8 region, 8 December 2020

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

The Southern Africa Development Community Malaria Elimination Eight Initiative (SADC E8) is a regional collaboration established by SADC Ministers of Health in 2009. The E8 mandate is to coordinate and execute a regional malaria elimination strategy aimed at achieving the historic goal of eliminating malaria in southern Africa.
Due to the high degree of interconnectedness within the region, countries that have reduced malaria to low levels face the challenge of persistent importation of parasites by cross-border travelers from neighboring countries with higher rates of malaria infection.
This webinar aims to address the role of E8 malaria border posts and the need for improved surveillance to reduce cross border transmission across the E8 region.

Presentations:
1. Access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment in border areas of E8 countries: results from an evaluation of malaria border posts in second line countries (Prof Immo Kleinschmidt, Mukosha Chisenga)
2. Plasmodium genomics as a surveillance tool for monitoring local malaria transmission networks and importation in Northern Namibia (Prof Davis Mumbengegwi)
3. Antimalarial Drug Resistance Surveillance, Primaquine and E8 malaria border posts in South Africa (Dr Jaishree Raman)

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-s-Q3zMfQGOOE-FjGUvMbQ

WSPID Webinar: COVID-19 vaccines coming to light

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

Researchers worldwide are working around the clock to find a vaccine against COVID-19. With several promising candidates on the horizon, plans for the distribution and use of the vaccines must be considered. Join WSPID for 2 presentations and a Q&A on the different COVID-19 vaccine platforms and an overview of current vaccine rollout plans.

The session includes talks by Walter Orenstein, Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center and former Director of the US Immunization Program and by Miguel O'Ryan, Full Professor, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Chile and member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Committee at the Ministry of Science, Chile.

Date: 9 December 2020
Time: 10.00-11.30AM EST | 4.00-5.30PM CET

To register visit: https://wspid.org/

TDR and WHO launch a research toolkit for digital technologies and TB

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

TDR, in partnership with the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme (GTB), has developed an interactive web-based toolkit that supports national TB programmes and other partners to conduct implementation research designed to evaluate digital technologies for TB care. This is being launched today at a workshop taking place in Beijing, China.

“The WHO Global TB Programme and TDR are helping countries to collect evidence on innovative digital technologies to improve TB prevention and care,” said Tereza Kasaeva, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme. “The toolkit and the training course will help countries to mount more effective interventions and to contribute to global policy at this critical juncture when TB practitioners face the added challenge of COVID-19.”

For more information visit https://www.who.int/tdr/news/2020/WHO-TDR-Fact-Sheet-IR-Toolkit.pdf

Long COVID Research Forum, 9-10 December 2020

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Currently very little is known about the clinical, biological, psychological and socioenvironmental impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While most people have uncomplicated recoveries, some continue to live with prolonged illness and symptoms. The most common of these are fatigue, breathing difficulties, joint pain and chest pain. In those whose symptoms persist, COVID-19 has been associated with a worsened quality of life for almost half of them. These on-going difficulties affect not only patients who were hospitalised but also those with mild COVID-19 who were not hospitalised.

There is an urgent need for robust scientific studies into the long-term impact of COVID-19. An understanding of the breadth of the physical, psychological and social complications must be developed and any specific risk factors for developing Long COVID, and also the populations at risk, must be identified. Hospital management teams must be informed to support prevention, rehabilitation and interventions to improve recovery and patient outcomes.

For more details and to register please visit https://cconline.eventsair.com/isaric-long-covid-19-forum/register/Site/Register

INGSA 2021 Knowledge Associate Grant Program - Evidence to policy pathways in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue, Nov 17, 2020


INGSA is excited to announce an opportunity for researchers and policy-professionals in Low and Middle Income countries, who would like to undertake projects looking at how evidence was used in the COVID-19 response.

INGSA is providing six x €8000 grants for deep-dive case studies on evidence-to-policy pathways at a local, national or regional level.

Grants will be awarded to both science researchers as well as policy professionals so we encourage everyone to apply.

This is a quick turn around grant program so applications will close on the 29th November.

For all the information on eligible countries and grant requirements see: https://www.ingsa.org/grant-programme/2021-knowledge-associates/

HIV & ADOLESCENCE - November 2020

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

The International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence 2020 is taking place as a series of virtual sessions during the month of November with the aim to share experiences, knowledge and best practices on optimizing the care of adolescents living with HIV across the spectrum of health and developmental needs.

Each week during the HIV and Adolescence Month, the Children and AIDS Learning Collaborative will provide highlights from the workshop in partnership between UNICEF and Virology Education. This week featured a session on engagement of young people to inspire change.

We are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your participation. For more information, please contact Rikke Rode at Rikke.Rode@vironet.com

https://www.virology-education.com/event/upcoming/hiv-adolescence/

Africa CDC Webinar for Clinical Care of COVID-19 - 29 October 2020

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

The Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development has developed a Clinical Community of Practice to help African physicians and other clinical providers diagnose and treat patients with the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and debate challenging clinical issues.

Date: 29 October 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EAT (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) 1:00-2:00 PM CAT (Johannesburg, South Africa) 12:00-1:00 PM WAT (Lagos, Nigeria) 11:00 AM-12:00 PM GMT (Bamako, Mali)

Register - http://bit.ly/COVID19_Webinar_EN7

EDCTP Prizes 2020 - 1 week to go!

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

EDCTP invites nominations for its 2020 Prizes. Do you know an excellent world class scientist or research team in sub-Saharan Africa, working in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme? Nominate them for one of the prices below.

Nominations must be submitted on the appropriate form (see below) via prizes@edctp.org by Thursday 29 October 2020 at 17:00 CET.
The biennial EDCTP Prizes recognise outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Europe who have made significant achievements in their research field. Additionally, the awardees will have made major contributions to strengthening clinical research capacity in Africa and supporting South-South and North-South networking.
The Prizes are part of the EDCTP programme which is supported by the European Union under Horizon 2020, it’s Framework Programme for Research & Innovation.
2020 EDCTP prizes.

EDCTP intends to award four prestigious international prizes dedicated to the promotion of scientific research, improved health and Africa-European collaboration.
Scientific Leadership Prize – €10,000: Awarded to excellent world-class scientists in sub-Saharan Africa up to 50 years of age working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDS) in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
Outstanding Female Scientist Prize – €20,000: Awarded to excellent world-class female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and working in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
Outstanding Research Team Prize – €50,000: Awarded to outstanding research teams in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDS) in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize – €50,000: This prize is named after Dr Pascoal Mocumbi, the first High Representative of EDCTP A, in special recognition of his significant contribution to the development of EDCTP as an international collaborative research partnership. It is to be awarded to senior scientists, policy-makers or advocates for health and research, from anywhere in the world.

Curious who won the prizes in the past? Visit the EDCTP website to find out more and to download the nomination forms - https://www.edctp.org/prizes/

2020 Call for Nominations for the African Academy of Sciences Fellowship now open!

Fri, Oct 9, 2020 We are pleased to inform you that the 2020 Call for Nominations for the African Academy of Sciences Fellowship is now open!

Nominations are submitted by current AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows but individuals who are interested i in becoming Fellows of AAS may themselves approach an AAS Fellow to nominate them. Profiles of Fellows of The AAS are available on our website and once you identify a Fellow/Associate Fellow, you may contact the secretariat to put you in touch with Fellows who can nominate you.

More information on the AAS Fellowship and the nomination process, is available on the AAS website at https://www.aasciences.africa/fellows-aas.

Nominations must be submitted by 7th December 2020.

Please contact fellows@aasciences.africa if you need any clarification

Virtual Launch: Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative Monday 12 October | 5:00 - 7:00 PM East Africa Time

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

The Pathogen Genomic Initiative is a US$100+ million partnership between Africa CDC and several private and non-profit organizations to facilitate the generation and use of essential next-generation sequencing information to improve public health response to COVID-19 and other disease threats, including endemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cholera in Africa. The initiative is an integral part of the Institute for Pathogen Genomics, launched by Africa CDC in 2019, to strengthen capacity in genomic sequencing across Africa.

Africa PGI will be launched on Monday, 12 October 2020 from 5.00 to 7.00 pm Eastern Africa Time. Immediately after the launch, at 7.00 pm, there will be a press briefing to provide more information to journalists and answer their questions.

Journalists are invited to connect and attend the briefing on Monday, 12 October 2020, at 7.00 pm Eastern Africa Time.
Journalists will be allowed to ask questions directly online. If you have a question, send your name and the name of your media organization to WhatsApp # +251 945 502 310 or to the Africa CDC Media WhatsApp group and they will be taken by the moderator.
You can also ask your questions directly online by raising your hand through the zoom connection.

SPEAKERS

  1. 1.    Dr John Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC
  2. 2.    Dr David Blazes, President, Global Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. 3.     Dr Phillip Febbo, CEO, Illumina Inc. 

TO REGISTER VISIT: https://bit.ly/3lbLwv5

For more information: https://au.int/en/newsevents/20201012/press-briefing-launch-africa-pathogen-genomics-initiative


KEYSTONE Symposia: Abstract due Oct. 29th for Tuberculosis: Science Aimed at Ending the Epidemic

Wed, Oct 7, 2020

Join us December 2nd to discuss innovative research findings, methods and therapeutics at our virtual eSymposia, "Tuberculosis: Science Aimed at Ending the Epidemic!"
For those who are vital to this conversation, but are unable to afford it we are also offering free scholarship opportunities to scientists and researchers across multiple demographics from low- to middle-income countries and academic stage!

Program Highlights:
Explore advances from early discovery through translation and real-world applications to eliminate the global TB burden. Sessions will address how to overcome scientific bottlenecks in the search for new tools to prevent, diagnose and definitively cure TB.

Plenary Sessions:
Breakthroughs in Biomarkers
Data to Drive Innovation
Bacterial Basics & Host Immune Responses
TB & COVID-19 Panel Discussion
& much more!

Please share this event with your colleagues and Apply now if you qualify - https://www.keystonesymposia.org/KS/Shared_Content/ViewAsWeb/tb-epidemic-announce-09052020.aspx

EUROPEAN MEETING ON HIV & HEPATITIS 2020, 28-30 October 2020

Mon, Oct 5, 2020

Responding to the changing COVID-19 situation throughout Europe, the Organizing Committee of the European Meeting on HIV & Hepatitis 2020 has reached the difficult decision to transform this year's event into a completely virtual meeting. In this way, the program will be delivered safely and conveniently. The dates remain the same, 28-30 October 2020.

We are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your participation at the European Meeting on HIV & Hepatitis. For more information, please contact Magdalena Pawlowska at magdalena@vironet.com

For more information visit https://www.virology-education.com/event/upcoming/18th-european-meeting-hiv-hepatitis/

EUROPEAN HIV CLINICAL FORUM 2020: OPTIMIZING TREATMENT, 27 October 2020

Mon, Oct 5, 2020

The European HIV Clinical Forum 2020 provides an independent scientific program involving the world’s leading experts and is specifically designed for the European HIV healthcare professionals with the focus on optimizing treatment for their patients. The meeting is scheduled prior to the 18th European meeting on HIV & Hepatitis in Paris, France, which will allow healthcare professionals to combine both meetings in one trip thus limiting travel time and the number of days away from the clinic. ​

This program will feature challenging plenary lectures followed by ample time for Q&A and debate, stimulating interaction, and the sharing of knowledge within the HIV-treating community in Europe. The program will end with a networking reception for community building; thus, providing delegates with the unique opportunity to meet their colleagues in a focused and scientific setting.

For more information visit https://www.hiv-clinical-forum.org/european-2020

Institut Pasteur Massive On-line Open Courses - Clinical trials in infectious and tropical diseases

Fri, Oct 2, 2020

We are broadcasting Massive On-line Open Courses (MOOCs) related to infectious diseases on a public and free on-line Platform (MOOCS are available in English and French). We publish around 8-10 MOOCs per year on different issues which shall be of particular interest to learners in Africa. All MOOCs are open for free, but it is also possible to take an on-line exam to obtain a certificate, with fees. Learners who obtain a certificate to 5 MOOCs are awarded with the On-line Diploma of Infectious Diseases of Institut Pasteur.

Currently, our MOOC on Clinical trials in infectious and tropical diseases is open.

https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/course-v1:pasteur+96018+session01/about

And our MOOC on Malaria will start on October 19th. Registrations are already open.

https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/course-v1:pasteur+96010+session02/about

Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop – December 2020 / January 2021

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is calling for applications from active, emerging health-researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in its sixth Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop. This fully on-line programme for up to 6 participants will be held over eight 3-hour sessions during the weeks of 14 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.

Workshop aim: The Workshop aim is to enable talented early-career health- and health-related researchers to build skills to develop their own research and fellowship proposals of the quality required to win competitive international, regional and national funding.

What the Workshop will cover:

  1. Why competitive-proposal writing matters
  2. Understanding funders’ requirements
  3. Formulating your compelling research question
  4. Writing in plain English
  5. Writing your Letter of Intent / Concept Note / Preliminary proposal
  6. Key parts of a typical Case for Support / Project Description
  7. Planning your proposal project plan and budget
  8. Principles of managing your collaboration and team
  9. Understanding and practicing peer review
  10. Preparing for a Fellowship interview.

What the Workshop will not cover:

The workshop will not cover the following: how to manage research ethics approval; how to complete individual funders’ application forms; the details of intellectual property management; practice in research communication. The facilitators will use examples of real funding applications. However, they will not be assisting participants directly with the participants’ own specific proposals. 

For more information visit https://www.africaresearchexcellencefund.org.uk/essential-grant-writing-skills-workshop-december-2020-january-2021

EDCTP Prizes 2020 closing soon!

Fri, Sep 18, 2020 EDCTP invites nominations for its 2020 Prizes. Do you know an excellent world class scientist or research team in sub-Saharan Africa, working in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme? Nominate them for one of the prices below.

Nominations must be submitted on the appropriate form (see below) via prizes@edctp.org by Thursday 29 October 2020 at 17:00 CET.

The biennial EDCTP Prizes recognise outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Europe who have made significant achievements in their research field. Additionally, the awardees will have made major contributions to strengthening clinical research capacity in Africa and supporting South-South and North-South networking.
The Prizes are part of the EDCTP programme which is supported by the European Union under Horizon 2020, it’s Framework Programme for Research & Innovation.

2020 EDCTP prizes
EDCTP intends to award four prestigious international prizes dedicated to the promotion of scientific research, improved health and Africa-European collaboration.
• Scientific Leadership Prize – €10,000: Awarded to excellent world-class scientists in sub-Saharan Africa up to 50 years of age working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDS) in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
• Outstanding Female Scientist Prize – €20,000: Awarded to excellent world-class female scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and working in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
• Outstanding Research Team Prize – €50,000: Awarded to outstanding research teams in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDS) in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme.
• Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize – €50,000: This prize is named after Dr Pascoal Mocumbi, the first High Representative of EDCTP A, in special recognition of his significant contribution to the development of EDCTP as an international collaborative research partnership. It is to be awarded to senior scientists, policy-makers or advocates for health and research, from anywhere in the world.

Curious who won the prizes in the past? Visit the EDCTP website to find out more and to download the nomination forms.

Wellcome Trust Research Update - September 2020

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Please take note below of Wellcome Trust’s (UK) webinar on tips for applying to their International Masters, Training and Intermediate Fellowships. The next due dates for applications are:

  • International Training Fellowships - 5 November 2020 - https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/international-training-fellowships
  • International Intermediate Fellowships - 5 November 2020 - https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/international-intermediate-fellowships
  • International Masters Fellowships - 13 April 2021 - https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/international-masters-fellowships

EDCTP Fellows in the times of COVID-19

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Our EDCTP Fellows have been very active across the continent in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries around the world have been in varying degrees of lockdown and have relied heavily on advice from medical specialists, epidemiologists and researchers to guide their response. Please read our EDCTP monthly updates as we showcase the work of our Fellows each month https://www.edctp.org/web/app/uploads/2020/08/EDCTP-Update-July-2020.pdf 

Bourema Kouriba - COVID-19 diagnosis in Mali
Professor Bourema Kouriba (a former EDCTP1 senior Fellow) is a pharmacist, immunologist, and the Director General of the Charles Mérieux Centre for Infectiology (CMCI) in Bamako, Mali. He leads a team responsible for diagnostics of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and teaches immunology at the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bamako.
Since the Ebola epidemic in 2014, the institute developed its diagnostics capabilities with the support of the Institute of Microbiology of the German Army. The German government donated a mobile laboratory to the Malian Ministry of Health under the responsibility of CMCI, which participates with the National Institute of Public Health in epidemiological surveillance and the response to epidemics. Professor Kouriba: "On the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, CMCI and three other
centres were appointed by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to carry out the diagnostic side. Right now, we are in Timbuktu, a town in the north at 900 km from the capital Bamako. Here, our mobile laboratory is deployed to carry out the COVID19 molecular diagnostic tests. The day begins with the preparation of bleach solutions. Then we organise the team in the different workstations: one person at the reception, two people in the glove box, one person at the RNA extraction and the preparation of the master mix and another at the amplification."

"I take care of entering data and editing the results personally. As soon as the samples are received, their number is counted and communicated to the entire team. Once received, samples are conditioned in a container and transferred to the glove box team whose role is to inactivate these samples. This inactivation is carried out under the control of a witness who notes on the patient form all the steps performed by the operator. After inactivation, the samples are removed from the glove box for RNA extraction. At the same time, one person responsible for preparing the master mix prepares the necessary quantity of reagent. The last step is the real-time PCR. After two hours the results are analysed, interpreted, entered into the
database and printed for the doctor. At the end of the day, the glove compartment and the equipment are cleaned with concentrated bleach." There are several serious challenges:
1. The situation of consumables used for PCR, in particular for extraction kits. With the borders closed, the supply of reagents and consumables in the country is a very big challenge.
2. We receive most of our reagents through donors as the government cannot afford to buy them. Each donor buys reagents, which poses a problem for having a uniform algorithm to interpret the results.
3. Non-compliance with distancing and prevention measures which increases the number of contact cases, hence the number of samples to be tested per day. The laboratory works at least 10 hours a day to meet demand.

"We are in an unprecedented pandemic against which we are actually learning and responding at the same time. Timbuktu is in the north in an insecure area of Mali and the temperature fluctuates between 42 and 46 degrees Celsius. But it is our population and we must guarantee equity in access to care. Everyone should  take this pandemic seriously and show solidarity with countries with limited resources because SARS-COV2 does not know borders and does not differentiate between people. Countries must be united in the fight against COVID-19."


Virtual Conference: Africa's Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access, 24-25 June2020

Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Recognizing the urgent need for collaboration, cooperation, and coordination to ensure that Africa plays a leadership role in the development and access to potential vaccines, this two-day virtual conference, under the leadership of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), will bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, public health experts, policy makers, media, civil society, community and religious leaders, and industries to explore this topic and help develop a framework for COVID-19 vaccine development and access in Africa.

When: Jun 24, 2020 02:00 PM and Jun 25, 2020 01:00 PM Nairobi
Topic: Africa’s Leadership in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access

TO REGISTER VISIT: https://bit.ly/2B6BXvA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Call for nominations for experts to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

A call for nominations for experts to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination has been posted on the SAGE website: https://www.who.int/immunization/policy/sage/en/

This SAGE working group will be set up with the aim of establishing an independent process through SAGE to advise WHO and its Member States on the use of initially pre-licensed vaccines, followed by updates as additional information on product use becomes available. The timeliness of setting up this group will ensure a coordinated approach with the vaccine Research and Development (R&D) community, in order to accelerate timelines and maximize global efforts to make evidence-informed policy decisions for the best use of a vaccine against COVID-19. The ultimate goal of a vaccine against COVID-19 is to rapidly contain the pandemic, save lives, protect health care systems, and restore global economies.

The SAGE Working Group is established with a program of work to:
(1) Provide continuous review of the available evidence on the progress of candidate vaccines against COVID-19, and provide regular updates to SAGE;
(2) Provide guidance for the development of prediction models to determine the optimal age groups and target populations for vaccine introduction and guide vaccine introduction for optimal impact, and contribute to updates of target product profiles of vaccines for outbreak and for endemic use;
(3) Prepare policy advice to SAGE on the accelerated use of vaccines (pre-licensure and post-licensure) to mitigate the public health impact of COVID-19, to possibly curtail the ongoing pandemic, as well as to prevent or reduce the risk of spread of disease in the future. This will include recommendations for early allocation of vaccines when vaccine supply is still limited;
(4) Provide guidance to ensure equitable access to vaccination, and guidance on the safety of vaccines when safety data from wider population use become available, in close collaboration with Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS).

KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA: Malaria Endgame - Virtual ePanel

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The Malaria Endgame

Panelists: Gordon Awandare | Lemu Golassa |Lilian M Ang'ang'o | Fitsum G Tadesse

Covering the current state of the field, and future directions and challenges in the fight to eliminate malaria from endemic countries, this ePanel will highlight various aspects of disease prevention, treatment and control, including:

  • current state of vaccines
  • impact of co-infections in Africa
  • genetically modified mosquitos-benefits, risks and community engagement challenges
  • the disconnect between research and malaria control programs

To register please visit: https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/live/418/page/2223

Cochrane Libraries Free Access to COVID evidence

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Cochrane has opened a free access registry of scientific studies in combating COVID-19 in an attempt to provide the world with quick analyses and understanding of evidence emerging from the war against the virus. These resources are important to us, our researchers and clinical carers. Here are some of the helpful links:

https://www.cochrane.org/news/cochrane-launches-new-study-register-support-rapid-evidence-synthesis-global-challenge-combat

https://covid-19.cochrane.org/

https://community.cochrane.org/about-covid-19-study-register

https://community.cochrane.org/search-help-covid-19-study-register

COVID-19 Online Educational Program | One Day to Go

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Only one day to go until the first livestream of the COVID-19 Online Educational Program. Register for free today and do not miss your chance to hear from the experts at the frontline of this pandemic.
If you have already registered, details on how to join the livestream will be sent to you approximately 24 hours before the scheduled start time.
WEBCAST SCHEDULE

Tuesday, 7 April
20:00 CEST / 14:00 EDT / 11:00 PDT*

Wednesday, 8 April
20:00 EDT / 17:00 PDT*

*Instructions on how to connect will be shared with registrants approx. 24 hours prior to the live stream.

The duration of each livestream will be 90 minutes.

Registration is free for all participants: https://virology.eventsair.com/covid-19/registration/Site/Register

 

Reliable updates on the ongoing COVID-19 Outbreak

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

You can find thre reliable sources of information regarding the COVID-19 outbreake below:

 

The WHO dashboard - provides and up to date situational analysis, updated daily.

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

The LitCovid hub – a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19. This site is the most comprehensive resource on the pandemic, giving access to research articles in PubMed categorised by different research topics - General Info, mechanism, transmission, treatment, case reports and epidemic forecasting. The content is updated daily and as this morning there were are 950 papers published in the last 2,5 months.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/

 

The COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard  - provides daily updated (per country - total cases, recovered, deaths), hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

 

 

 

Abstracts Submission Open: The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health - ADVANCING PREVENTION - 21-24 October 2020, Seville, Spain

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health is now accepting submissions to the conference programme. We welcome submissions on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics. 

The Union World Conference, taking place in Seville, Spain, from 21 - 24 October 2020, will focus conversations around the theme of ‘Advancing Prevention’. Prevention is crucial to ending TB, reducing the harm resulting from tobacco use and improving lung health worldwide.

Submit now to be part of the conference programme. The following types of submissions are open: 

  • Abstracts
  • Symposia
  • Satellite sessions
  • Post-graduate courses
  • Workshops  

Please read the guidelines abstract and session submissions carefully before you begin. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, 14 April, with the exception of satellite sessions for which the deadline is Monday, 6 July. Visit https://seville.worldlunghealth.org/

For questions or queries about submissions to the conference programme, please email scientific@theunion.org

Bioinformatics training at UVRI Entebbe, Uganda 6-8th April 2020

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

The UMIC in collaboration with the EACCR2 are set to conduct a 3-day Bioinformatics training at UVRI from 6th to 8th April 2020.

This workshop will offer participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information.
Other sister projects at www.ensemblgenomes.org can also be covered if participants are working with bacteria, plants, fungi, protists or (invertebrate) metazoa.

Some of the learning outcomes from this workshop include :
• The view genomic regions and manipulate the view to add features they are interested in.
• Explore information about genes and their sequences, and gene data in bulk using BioMart.
• Analyze genomic variants and associated phenotypes and their own variation data using the VEP.
•View homologous genes and genomic regions, functional elements involved in gene regulation and their activity in different cell types.

Eligibility:
The workshop primarily targets wet-lab researchers, and the course is customized for species of interest and to include total beginners to our browser up through frequent users. Scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and exceptional undergraduates with requisite wet-lab experience and residing in Uganda are invited to apply.

For more information visit: https://eaccr.org

Nominations are now open for Union Awards 2020

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Nominations are now being received for The Union Awards, to be presented at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health in Seville, Spain.

More details about each of the awards can be found on The Union website by clicking on the links below or on the nominations page.

Nominations are now open for the following prizes:

  • The Union Young Investigator Prize: Acknowledges a researcher for work in lung health published in the past five years, when aged 35 years or younger.
  • The Union Scientific Prize: Acknowledges researchers at any stage of their career for work in lung health published in the past five years.
  • The Karel Styblo Public Health Prize: Acknowledges a health worker or a community organisation for contributions to tuberculosis (TB) control over a period of ten years or more.
  • The Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize: Acknowledges young researchers conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa.
  • The Princess Chichibu Global Memorial TB Award: Recognises outstanding contributions to global TB control. Awarded by the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA). For this award, the call for nominations is for award in 2021.
  • The Union Medal – for members only: Awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the control of TB or lung health by their scientific work and/or actions in the field.
  • Honorary Member – for members only: Granted to a person who has become distinguished through active participation in The Union's activities and the fulfilment of its goals.

The awards will be presented at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health to be held from 21-24 October 2020 in Seville, Spain.

Nominations will close on 31 March 2020.

Any queries should be sent to awards@theunion.org for the first four scientific prizes in the list above, and to nominatingcommittee@theunion.org for The Union Medal, Honorary Member and Princess Chichibu Award.

Visit: https://www.theunion.org/what-we-do/awards/nomination-and-applications?utm_source=The+Union+Marketing&utm_campaign=04e1b26e47-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_13_04_39&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e2dbdf856e-04e1b26e47-248828829

EDCTP Year End Message 2019

Mon, Dec 23, 2019

You are invited to read our 2019 end of year message below which offers you a brief summary of EDCTP's achievements to date.

Since 2014, EDCTP invested more than €600 million of funding in European-African research & development partnerships engaged in developing new and improved interventions for the poverty-related infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa.

We wish you all a happy festive season, restful holidays, and a healthy and successful 2020!

Dr Nicaise Ndembi appointed as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Public Health in Africa

Mon, Dec 23, 2019

Congratulations to Dr Nicaise Ndembi on his recent appointment as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health in Africa!

The Journal of Public Health in Africa is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality original articles, reviews, comments and opinions on public health and related issues in Africa. In 2018, Africa CDC signed an agreement with the publisher, Page Press, to make the journal its official journal. While Page Press continues to take responsibility for publishing, Africa CDC manages the editorial oversight and peer review system of the journal. This initiative by Africa
CDC is to contribute to the increase in scientific knowledge and networking between Africa and the global community, ensure that public health research in Africa is adequately and accurately reported by Africans, and encourage more researchers from Africa to publish articles in the journal.

Abstract Submission now open for INTEREST 2020 - Windhoek, Namibia

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

The 14th INTEREST Conference will be held in Windhoek, Namibia from 5 - 8 May 2020.

Six weeks left to submit your abstract for INTEREST 2020 and become part of the programme (Deadline 31 Jaunary 2020). 

Abstracts accepted for oral or mini-oral presentation will be eligible for travel and accommodation support.
All delegates with accepted abstracts will receive free registration (access to all sessions, meeting materials, lunch, and tea/coffee breaks).

Abstracts may be submitted in either English or French.

Visit: http://interestworkshop.org/abstracts/

2nd Regional West Africa Immunology Course

Wed, Nov 27, 2019

The EDCTP Alumni Network HIV Working group was represented by Dr Michael Owusu (CDF1033) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at the recently held second Regional West Africa Immunology Course.

Sophia Osawe, MPH, AIMLS, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria was also supported to attend.

The training took place in Ouidah, 45 km from Cotonou from the 3rd to 9th November 2019. Faculty from Germany, Canada, Benin and South Africa were part of the trainers from different expertise in Immunology. There were a total of 49 trainees from different part of West and East Africa including a few from Germany.

The training covered topics ranging from T-cell and B-cell immunity to Antigen presenting cells, NK cells and how they are involved in immunity against tropical diseases. The diseases of focus during the training were Malaria, Helminths infections, HIV and a few emerging diseases (Ebola) and Neglected diseases (Filariasis).

PhD student Kennedy Michael Ngowi supervised by Dr Marion Sumari-de Boer (CDF972 - The REMIND Study) wins best Abstract @ ICASA 2019 - Congratulations!

Wed, Nov 27, 2019

PhD student Kennedy Michael Ngowi supervised by Dr Marion Sumari-de Boer (CDF972) wins best Abstract @ ICASA 2019 - Congratulations!

Track B: Clinical Science, Treatment and Care

Abstract Title: Real Time Medication Monitoring improves virological outcome among People Living with HIV on Antiretroviral Treatment in Moshi, Tanzania

For more details view http://www.icasa2019rwanda.org/abstracts/best-abstract-awards.html

1st South African Gene Editing Conference, Johannesburg, 28-29 November 2019

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Advances in biotechnology have made human gene editing a reality. Progress in the field is gaining momentum
and promises for well-being at a level not previously imagined, emerge. This progress also raises ethical,
legal and social considerations together with valid concerns that the law and ethics are lagging behind.
Moreover, recent reports on abuse of these technologies have triggered disquiet. Gene editing involves
precise additions, deletions and alterations to the genome. Basic science research in gene editing is already
under way in laboratories globally. Clinical applications involving somatic (non-reproductive cells) are in the
early stages and going forward there is great potential for the use of this technology in germline (reproductive)
cells. The first SA Conference on Gene Editing, hosted by the South African Medical Research Council
(SAMRC) together with The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics and the Wits School of Clinical Medicine will discuss
and debate these issues including what this could mean for us in South Africa and Africa as a whole.

EDCTP Fellows shine at the recently held TB Union Conference held in Hyderabad India: 30 October - 2 November 2019

Mon, Nov 11, 2019

The conference theme, 'Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action', focused on what is needed to ensure commitments become action, and that lifesaving targets are met.

Congratulations to our EDCTP Fellows who's excellent research work was recognised!

 

Two Career Development Fellows received prestigious awards:

Dr Stephanus Malherbe received The Union Young Investigator Prize

Dr Sean Wasserman received the Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize

https://hyderabad.worldlunghealth.org/2019/11/the-union-recognises-major-contributions-to-lung-health-through-its-annual-awards/

 

Dr Stellah Mpagama, an EDCTP Senior Fellow gave her plenary presentation during the Ending the TB Emergency session. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw2eCplJ7Y8

 

Submission for the 23rd International AIDS Conference 'RESILIENCE' now open: 6-10 July 2020, San Francisco & Oakland, USA

Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Programme submissions for the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) are now open, including abstracts, the Global Village and Youth Programme, pre-conferences and more.

Present your research
Showcase your work to 20,000 global leaders, scientists, policy makers, healthcare professionals and people living with HIV. Abstract submissions close 14 January 2020.

Join the Global Village and Youth Programme

The Global Village and Youth Programme is an open-access, free and vibrant space where communities from all over the world meet, share and learn from each other. Apply before 14 January 2020.

Organize a workshop
The Workshop Programme offers opportunities for knowledge transfer, skills development and collaborative learning. Workshop proposal submissions close 14 January 2020.

Host an official pre-conference
Pre-conferences are one to two day meetings held immediately before the conference that engage delegates on global health topics. The submission deadline is 14 January 2020.

Apply for a scholarship
The Scholarship Programme supports access to AIDS 2020 for people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, key and vulnerable populations, and community representatives. Apply by 15 January 2020.
 

Visit: https://www.aids2020.org/

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Seminar, 6-7 November 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is a European programme which supports researchers' career development, through international and inter-sectorial mobility, as well as innovative training both at PhD and postdoc level. It also funds doctoral programmes. EDCTP was invited to take part in a seminar with 150 participants held 6-7 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Shingai Machingaidze (EDCTP Project Officer) participated in a panel discussion titled 'Bridging MSCA with existing networks and on-going initiatives'. EDCTP was also represented by 8 EDCTP Fellows as well as 4 junior researchers from the EDCTP Regional Networks of Excellence.