The IVVN have awarded catalyst funding to researchers from Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Uganda and Zambia to visit the UK to participate in a laboratory exchange award.
The aim of the IVVN is facilitate the formation of novel partnerships to develop vaccines for livestock diseases affecting agriculture in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). To achieve this aim, the IVVN host networking events (annual conferences; workshops), fund vaccine research (pump-priming grants; laboratory exchange awards), and are a central area for dissemination of information to the veterinary vaccinology community.
In March 2018, we announced our first call for laboratory exchange award applications. These awards, up to £10,000 in value, aim to facilitate the transfer of expertise between laboratories within the Network and/or allow specialised proof-of-concept pieces of work to be conducted by IVVN members.
We are delighted to announce that we have awarded funding to the following five projects:
1) Investigation of novel AB5 toxin from the fish pathogen Yersenia ruckeri, a potential mucosal vaccine adjuvant
Dr. Travis Beddoe (La Trobe University, Australia) and Prof Chris Secombes (University of Aberdeen, UK)
2) Genomic analysis of antigenic diversity in Brazilian Trypanosoma vivax strains
Dr. Guilherme da Costa Martins (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Dr. Andrew Jackson (University of Liverpool, UK)
3) Isolation and molecular characterisation of mycobacterium strains responsible for endemic bovine tuberculosis in Medea, Algeria
Dr. Mammar Khames (University of Medea, Algeria) and Dr. Sharon Kendall (Royal Veterinary College, UK)
4) Understanding the role of humoral immunity in vaccine development for Streptococcus agalactiae infection in tilapia
Dr. Mugimba Kahoza Kizito (Makerere University, Uganda) and Prof Kim Thompson (Moredun Research Institute, UK)
5) Advancing the analysis of bovine class II MHC restricted T cell responses to vaccination
Dr. Isaac Kombe Silwamba (University of Zambia, Zambia) and Dr. Bill Golde (Moredun Research Institute, UK)
Congratulations to all awardees!
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