Weekly round-up #151

Weekly Round-up #151


VALIDATE BCG100 Programme - 1st Public Talk 'BCG Then and Now'

2021 is the 100th anniversary of the first use of the BCG vaccine - 100 years on this is still the only licensed vaccine against tuberculosis (TB), a situation that requires urgent action and which VALIDATE and its members are trying to remedy. To celebrate this centenary, VALIDATE will be running a BCG100 programme of events throughout 2021, and our very first exciting public talk is coming up on 24 March 2021 and is open to all.

In 'BCG Then and Now', Prof Paul Fine (LSHTM) & Prof Helen McShane (VALIDATE Director at the University of Oxford) will take us on a journey from the initial development of the BCG vaccine in 1921 to the modern-day fight against TB and the future challenges researchers face in replacing BCG with a more effective vaccine.

This online talk is open to all and is very much aimed at introducing the general public to this topic and we hope everyone will find BCG's origin story of enormous interest! You can find out further details about the talk, speakers and how to join at www.validate-network.org/bcg100-lecture. Please do share this link with your network, on social media and with anyone you think might be interested in joining the talk.


Training Grants Round 11 - Deadline 18 Feb 2021

A quick reminder that the next round of the VALIDATE Training Grants is now open for all VALIDATE Associate members to take up a training opportunity, such as a lab exchange or joining a course or workshop. While we appreciate that COVID-19 is greatly impacting travel and events planning, we want to support our members in taking up potential training opportunities in 2021 wherever possible. This is the final planned round of funding, and the call closes on 18 February, so do apply asap.

Find out more and apply online.



Find all other funding opportunities on our external funding page.

Training Opportunities and Events

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    Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have something you would like to add.


    Highlights on Twitter this week:

    We shared our Winter Seminar YouTube videos where you can view any seminars you missed and welcomed a few of our newest members. A The Conversation article discussed how 'it's time we found a better vaccine against TB', WriteThatPhD shared a guide for writing quantitative journal articles and EDCTP shared a video about the 1.7 billion people worldwide affected by NTDs. The Fogarty International Center focused on the integrated approach of the One Health movement and Infectious Diseases shared a The Atlantic article on The Utter Familiarity of Even the Strangest Vaccine Conspiracy Theories. The LSE Impact Blog highlighted a University of Glasgow awards scheme celebrating contributions to their research culture, a guide for non-scientists on how to read and understand a scientific paper, and 5 Strategies to keep you writing in turbulent times such as the COVID pandemic. Researcher John Tregoning grappled with a new UK lockdown in Nature, while Nature Careers had advice on writing CVs for industry roles. Follow @NetworkVALIDATE for all the latest news and relevant information to accelerate your research and career!


    Published: 20 January 2021