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Feature in 'Nature' on IUIS Vice-President Faith Osier and FAIS Initiative

Faith Osier Discusses a Bold Plan to Increase African Representation in the Global Research Community

Credit: James Tuju/Kennedy Mwai

Immunologist Faith Osier, the first African and second woman to be elected president of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), will begin her three-year term in October. During her presidency, Osier, who holds faculty appointments at Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, will oversee an effort to train 1,000 African PhD students in immunology over the next 10 years. This training, dubbed the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS) Legacy Project initiative, aims to bolster the representation of African scientists in immunology.

- Nature International Journal of Science.

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19 - 21 February 2020
Wellcome Genome Campus, UK


The conference will explore and discuss various aspects of the non-specific effects of
vaccines, including their impact on neonates and infants, how generalisable and durable
these effects are, the implications for geriatric and veterinary medicine, and why non-specific effects should differ between sexes and across the lifespan.

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AAI President Submits Testimony Supporting International Scientific Collaborations and Exchange

AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn, Ph.D., submitted testimony to a Senate committee hearing on “Foreign Threats to Taxpayer-Funded Research: Oversight Opportunities and Policy Solutions.” While acknowledging concerns “about threats posed by foreign countries and foreign nationals to U.S. national security and U.S. intellectual property,” Dr. Flynn urged Congress “to understand fully the collaborative nature of science and the urgent need for international collaborations if the U.S. is to advance science, foster innovation, and remain the world’s leader in biomedical research.”

 

Inborn Errors of Immunity Committee (IEI)

The IUIS IEI Committee held a meeting at Rockefeller University, New York. Their goal of providing a critical review of the recent biomedical literature and identify key publications that have reported novel genes that, when mutated, underlie monogenic immune dysregulatory conditions such as recurrent, severe and often-fatal infections, autoinflammatory disorders, autoimmunity, allergic disease and even cancer. Read more about their activities.

 
2 position opening at McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Click the links below to read more about the 2 positions in pulmonary mucosal immunology and the HIV reservoirs opening at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC):

 
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