Second round of IVVN pump-priming funding awarded

12 Nov 2018

In March 2018 at the IVVN inaugural meeting in Nairobi, the IVVN announced a second call for pump-priming projects from collaborative teams of IVVN members that aim to address a key bottleneck preventing the development of vaccines for livestock diseases of importance in LMICs.

After external and internal review, we are delighted to announce that the second round of pump-priming grants have been awarded, and the four funded projects are:

1) Rethinking ‘impossible’: creating a platform for developing novel vaccines against animal trypanosomiasis in Brazil

Professor Andrew Jackson (University of Liverpool, UK), Professor Marta M.G. Teixeira (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), Dr. Gavin J. Wright (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK) and Professor Rosangela Zacharias (São Paulo State University, UK).

2) Towards edible vaccines for chickens

Dr. Kate Sutton (The Roslin Institute, UK), Professor Lonneke Verdelde (The Roslin Institute, UK), Dr. Roger New (Proxima Concepts Ltd, UK) and Professor Damer Blake (Royal Veterinary College, UK).

3) Efficacy testing of novel immersion and oral vaccines for Aeromonas hydrophila in Tilapia and Vietnamese catfish               

Dr. Thao Ngo (Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Professor Dang Thi Hoang Oanh (Can  Tho University), Professor Alaa Eldin Eissa (Cairo University, Egypt), Professor Alexandra Adams (University of Stirling), Kerry Bartie (Stirling University), Dr Andrew Desbois (Stirling University), Dirk Werling (RVC), Callum Scott (Benchmark)

4) New antigen identification in the African swine fever virus genome thorough a plasmid DNA library

Dr. Anna Lacasta (International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya), Professor Susan Rosser (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Dr. Fernando Rodriguez (IRTA-CReSA, Spain)

Congratulations to all awardees! For more information on each of these exciting projects, please click here.

Our next call for pump-priming grants will be announced at the UK & International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference 2019 in London in January 2019.

If you would like to be notified of the details of this call, please sign up to be a member of the IVVN here.