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Welcome to the January 2021 edition of the IVVN Newsletter.

Webinar next week: Catalysing elimination of dog-mediated human rabies by 2030 in Africa


We are excited to invite you to a webinar at 12:00 noon GMT on Wednesday 27 January 2021. This webinar will be given by Dr Thumbi Mwangi. The webinar is free to attend, but please register here to reserve your place and to receive the link to the session.

Abstract

Rabies causes an estimated 25,000 human deaths in Africa annually. The domestic dog is the primary reservoir of the rabies virus transmitting more than 99% of the human cases. Each rabies death is vaccine-preventable and a global target for elimination of human deaths due to rabies has been set for 2030. The feasibility of this goal is supported by the existence of effective rabies vaccines for dogs and humans, epidemiological characteristics of the disease that support elimination, and evidence of elimination success across regions in developed and developing economies. Using experiences from ongoing rabies elimination programs in East Africa, this talk addresses the question of what it will take to eliminate rabies from the continent with a focus on three critical catalysts for a dog-mediated rabies free Africa: a) domestic ownership and commitment to rabies elimination, b) innovations in the delivery of rabies interventions for dog and human rabies, and c) integration of rabies elimination program into national health systems.

IVVN Symposium: Vaccines for Poultry


We have decided to host our third annual conference as a series of online symposia and the second of these symposiums on Vaccines for Poultry will take place on Thursday 25 February 2021 and will be co-hosted by the GCRF One Health Poultry Hub. The symposium will be chaired by Professor Fiona Tomley (Royal Veterinary College, UK) and Professor Hualan Chen (Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, China), and will consist of presentations from invited speakers, abstract submissions, and IVVN pump-priming grant awardees. The symposium will be interactive and attendees will be able to participate in a live Q&A session after each presentation.

Symposium sponsors

Present a poster

There will be an interactive poster session during the symposium where attendees can present their research. If you would like to present a poster on poultry vaccines, please complete the abstract submission form and send to IVVN@roslin.ed.ac.uk by 9am GMT on Thursday 4 February 2021.

Symposium details

When: Thursday 25 February, 9am-12.30pm GMT
Where: Online
Registration: Free for all IVVN members
Abstract deadline: Thursday 4 February 2021

IVVN awarded funding to host a programme of online training courses


We are delighted to announce that the IVVN has been awarded funding to design and implement a series of online training courses specifically for early career researchers in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs).

Courses will cover a range of scientific and soft skills including bioinformatics, science communication, experimental design, ethics, grant writing and project management.

A full list of available courses, and the application process, will launch with next month's newsletter. Find out more about the series here.

Vaccines for Swine – symposium recording available now


Thank you to everyone who attended December's symposium on Vaccines for Swine. If you missed the symposium or would like to listen to any of the talks again, a recording is now available here.

Events


One Health Poultry Hub roadmap series
Poultry production: vaccination challenges

9–10am GMT, Wednesday 3 February 2021

In the latest discussion in this series, Dr Michael Francis and Dr Rebecca Doyle will discuss why millions of animals continue to die from vaccine-preventable diseases and what that means for animal and human welfare.

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7th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop

29–31 August 2021

The 7th European Veterinary Immunology Workshop will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, later this year.

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13th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium

8–12 August 2022

The 13th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium (IVIS) will be held in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, in 2022.

Funding opportunities


GCRF UKRI-JST-DOST
Research collaborations in south east Asia

Closing date: 10 February 2021

Funding to connect current and recently funded UKRI/JST/DOST projects focused on sustainable development.

Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance
One Health interventions to prevent or reduce the development and transmission of AMR

Closing date: 16 March 2021

With the current focus of the JPIAMR Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, this call will specifically focus on tackling the rising threat of antibiotic resistance.

BactiVac network catalyst funding
Fifth round of pump-priming awards

Closing date: 16 May 2021

Funding is available to support BactiVac members in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines in partnership with LMICs and industry, and acquire the data to support substantive funding applications.

Job vacancies


Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
Research Fellow in statistical phylodynamic modelling of virus transmission and evolution

Closing date: 4 February 2021

Part of an international collaborative project on "Combined influence of imperfect vaccines, host genetics, and non-genetic drivers on virus transmission and virulence evolution."

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Research Associate in biocompatibility of vaccine delivery devices

Closing date: 10 February 2021

The role will involve assessing the biocompatibility of newly developed polymer materials and devices in vitro with respect to cytotoxicity, immune response and biodegradation.

University of Stirling, UK
Postdoctoral Research Fellow focusing on fish vaccination

Closing date: 11 February 2021

The project is part of the InnoVet-AMR funded catfish project which focuses its activities on vaccination as a method to reduce antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in Asian catfish farming systems.

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