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

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Category: Capacity building, Events, Network Events, Outreach

The COMSTECH and the NTD NETWORK have joined forces to produce a virtual lecture programme, launched June 2021, and covering the skills needed for research into Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).  These live webinars are aimed at academics, professional scientists and interested members of the general public.  See this page for a list of all our talks, and links to YouTube recordings.
Our blog pages (see link below each title) provide further details on each talk and our speakers, again with a link to the webinar recording.
If you are a specialist in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and would like to enhance their knowledge, skills, and academic connections, please register with us for updates.  Participants from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states are particularly encouraged to register to attend the live events.
  • Read more about the launch of this collaborative training programme here.

COMSTECH-NTD Network joint webinars series

Webinar 5 (broadcast 22nd December, 2021)
The role of amino acids in the bioenergetics of Trypanosoma cruzi
Professor Ariel Silber
Ariel’s adventures into the metabolism of trypanosomes (Tryps) has taken his career in a number of unexpected directions – read about this in our interview, here.

Professor Ariel Silber, by the entrance to his laboratory at University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil.


Webinar 4 (broadcast 27th October, 2021)
“Understanding the Immunology of Kala-Azar for Innovations in its Elimination and Control”

Professor Nahid Ali 


Prof. Dr. Nahid Ali: Fellow the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), J.C. Bose National Fellow, Pioneers of a  liposomal delivery system used for vaccines and therapies


Webinar 3 (broadcast 27th September, 2021)
Identifying and validating new drug targets for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Professor Patrick Steel

Professor Patrick STeel, Department Fo Chemistry, Durham University, UK

Webinar 2 (broadcast 6th August, 2021)
Protozoan ‘Drug’ Discovery: Old Drugs, New Targets and Mining for Novelty
Professor Paul Denny

Professor Paul Denny: Professor of Parasitology, Centre for Global Infectious Diseases, Department of Biological Sciences, Durham University, United Kingdom

Webinar 1 (broadcast 25 June, 2021)
CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing of Leishmania and Drug Target Validation
Professor Jeremy Mottram
COMSTECH website link for this event:
View this webinar on YouTube:

Professor Jeremy Mottram: Professor of Pathogen Biology, York Biomedical Research Institute, University of York, UK