Category: Network Events

Sharing our expertise: The COMSTECH-NTD Network online joint virtual training programme

The COMSTECH and the NTD NETWORK virtual lecture programme, launched June 2021, provides live webinars in skills needed for research into Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and draws upon expertise from both our Networks.
These talks are aimed at academics, professional scientists and interested members of the general public from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states and offer opportunities for specialists in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to gain or enhance their knowledge, skills, and academic connections.

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Launch of the COMSTECH-NTD NETWORK researcher training webinar series

Whilst the world’s attention has currently been diverted towards COVID-19, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) continue to place a severe burden upon global health, including in many Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.  This June, COMSTECH and the NTD NETWORK are launching a virtual lecture programme drawing upon expertise from both our networks and aimed at early career researchers, academics, professional scientists and interested members of the general public. ***Our first joint seminar, broadcasting on 25th June 2021; “CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing of Leishmania and Drug Target Validation”, will be presented by Professor Jeremy Mottram, University of York***.  Details of all talks and links to webinar recordings are available here.

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ECR online conference 2021: Connecting our teams from across the Network!

Huge thanks to all who joined us last week for our first early career researcher (ECR) online conference!  The symposium, held over Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February 2021, connected 0ver 100 delegates from our academic teams, spanning all career stages, nine time zones, and three continents.  Crucially, this has been the easiest way to bring together our membership from India, Pakistan, South America, and the UK in one meeting.  Taking the hosting software platform to its limits, we scheduled 15 oral presentations over four sessions, interspersed with breakout rooms for 26 poster presentations. One of our speakers commented, “Hope you repeat the experience soon, I am eager to participate again!”. Thanks; yes, we will! … Continue reading

NTD Network online seminar series continues for 2021!

Our NTD Network online seminar series is entering its second year!  Huge thanks to you all who have supported us by attending, and who gave us such encouragement to continue with your posiitve feedback about these talks after the 2020 series.  And please keep showing up – it is great to see all your faces!!  Our programme for 2021 is below: check here for updates!  These meetings are for our Network members and their teams, providing a safe forum to share and discuss data across our projects – watch your inbox for our regular email alerts and zoom links!

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NTD Network ECR conference 2021: we will meet in the air! (ok, the Zoom room…)

Preparations are in full swing for our first ever early career researchers (ECR) online conference!  This event provides opportunities for our ECRs to present their work at a closed meeting and is available for all involved with the NTD Network research programme or a related project.  The conference will comprise talks and poster presentations from teams across all HUBs of the Network, held over two days, and spanning 9 time zones!! ***NB this is a closed meeting for NTD Network members only*** Join us to present updates on your work and connect with colleagues from around the world, via talks and poster sessions!

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NTD Network goes online: our seminar programme for 2020!

With COVID-19 curtailing everyone’s movements worldwide, our  Network members are now meeting online!  Our seminar series launched last week, and will run through the rest of this year, with talks scheduled from our Network HUB leads and Network Fellows.  Please note these seminars are closed meetings, for our current NTD Network members and their teams, plus our international advisory panel – if this includes you, there will be email updates ahead of each meeting, with instructions on how to join the meetings. Click ‘more’ for the timetable and speakers schedule.  We hope to see you soon! … Continue reading

Reconnecting: Launch of the NTD Network online research seminars series

Our huge thanks to Professor Ariel Silber, from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the head of our South American HUB, who opened our online research seminar series today, introduced by Network Fellow Dr. Brian Mantilla and also to the 65 attendees who joined us!  This is the first of a series of talks providing our NTD Network partners with a route to share findings and discuss ideas, in the absence of face-to-face research updates at our AGM this year.  The seminars will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and are open to our NTD Network partners, their teams, and our international advisory panel members. Check our blog page for an updated list of our seminar schedule and speakers for 2020!

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A warm Dales welcome for the NTD Network UK HUB meeting

On a quiet day before the start of the UK University term, the UK-based members of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) left their desks in York and Durham Universities, for the wilds of North Yorkshire. The cosy hospitality of the locally renowned Charles Bathurst Inn (Arkengarthdale) was a warm contrast to the wild weather that swept down the valley during our meeting!  This event provided a perfectly timed opportunity to review the year and think ahead, sharing ideas and insights.
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Gaining skills for drug discovery and beyond: Medicinal Chemistry training in Mendoza

“This training provided me with input which I didn’t know I needed, but has changed everything!” 
“These four days have been a real turning point!”
These remarks, from Jaime Isern and Victor De Sousa-Agostino, were the first responses I heard from our two PhD students from Durham University, upon their return from the NTD Network’s medicinal chemistry training workshop, held in Medoza city, Argentina, 2nd-4th November 2019.

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Connecting with the challenge of leishmaniasis

This November, our student training workshop “New anti-leishmanial leads from natural sources”, hosted at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, brought together an international team of staff and 30 early career researchers from south Asia and across the Middle East.
For Dr Paul Denny and myself, the visit included a meeting with Dr Bahram Khoso and his clinical team at Jinnah hospital, Karachi; here, the human reasons behind our pre-clinical research became clear, and very real.  Before us stood four children, siblings; each face disfigured by cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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