Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 3

Grant and training opportunities
Upcoming conferences


Grant and Training Opportunities

Grant opportunities from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Gut Function Biomarkers
Deadline: January 11, 2012 (10:00 AM PST)
Grand Challenges in Global Health is seeking letters of inquiry for the new grant program Biomarkers of Gastrointestinal (Gut) Function and Health. The program is committing $9 million to develop non-invasive measures of intestinal functioning as a way to assess infant health and development. More information on applying can be found here.

Achieving Healthy Growth
Deadline: January 25, 2012 (10:00 AM PST)
Grand Challenges in Global Health is seeking letters of inquiry for the new grant program Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth. This program will invest $15 million in research to discover the causes of growth faltering during the first 1000 days of life and to identify effective and affordable interventions to promote healthy growth. More information on applying can be found here.

Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative
Deadline: January 31, 2012
The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) is now accepting letters of inquiry for a new grant program, the Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative (PPBI). GAPPS seeks projects that explore gestational origins, biological mechanisms and the immunological response to infection and nutritional deficiency which lead to preterm birth, especially in the developing world. More information on applying can be found here.

Rising Stars in Global Health
Deadline: March 23, 2012
Grand Challenges Canada is seeking emerging innovators (within 10 years of graduation from a master’s degree or Ph.D.) from developing countries. The program is looking for innovative ideas to address complex real world challenges that involve a scientific or technological solution (new or existing) alone or in combination with social and/or business innovations. More information on applying can be found here.

Grant opportunities from the American Society for Microbiology

Millis-Colwell Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists
Deadline: January 10, 2012
Travel to Australia! The American Society for Microbiology and the Australian Society for Microbiology have established this grant to support the exchange of one member from each society to present an abstract at the annual general meeting of the partner society and to spend a week at a nearby research laboratory. The U.S. winner will attend 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology. More information on applying can be found here.

The Annual Meeting Experiment
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Community filtering is a process where a community of individuals works together to rate content. This year, the ASM Communication Committee will carry out an experiment to examine the impact that community filtering has on the content of the ASM General Meeting 2012 Communications Session in San Francisco from June 16 to June 19, 2012. Any presenter with a topic of interest to the greater microbiology community may submit a title, along with a short description of their presentation. The top five topics chosen by the online registered community will then be invited to present their topic in San Francisco on June 19, along with a travel subsidy of $800 (or $1200 for international submitters). To submit at topic, go to the webpage at and register.


Upcoming Conferences

American Society for Microbiology (ASM): Biodefense and Emerging Diseases
Washington, D.C.: Feb 26-29, 2012
This conference will focus on research pertaining to biothreat agents, vaccines, detection and diagnostic procedures, animal and plant pathogens, biosecurity facilities, global surveillance, the training of individuals in BL3 and BL4 labs, and other vital topics.

National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Annual Conference 2012
Denver, CO: March 26-29, 2012
This conference will focus on how decreasing resources, both natural and financial, as well as increasing regulations are making it difficult for animal agriculture to advance. With issues such as drought, tight credit, increased capital requirements, environmental regulations, more demanding animal care standards, and misinformation about how animals are raised, animal agriculture is in an important period of change.

American Society for Microbiology (ASM): Candida and Candidiasis
San Francisco, CA: March 29 – April 2, 2012
This conference will provide a forum for the Candida research community to present the most recent advances and ideas, covering a broad spectrum of subjects from clinical issues to molecular mechanisms, from growth of the fungus to response of the host, as well as tochart the course of future research and facilitate the urgent need to understand, treat, and prevent candidiasis.

22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)
London, UK: March 31 – April 3, 2012
At this conference, applied research and knowledge from clinical and laboratory practice are presented (many of them in an interactive way) allowing for an active exchange of experiences from various sub-specialties from all over the world.

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE): Codex Committee on General Principles
Paris, France: April 2-6, 2012
The Codex Committee will discuss food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this programme are protecting health of consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA): Advancing Healthcare Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Jacksonville, FL: April 12-16, 2012
This conference will merge lectures, practical sessions, competitions, and leadership meetings to address the increasingly challenging issues in antimicrobial stewardship and demonstrate various approaches to research within the field.

World Health Organization Forum 2012
Cape Town, SA: April 24-26, 2012
The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) and the Global Forum for Health Research will focus on potentials, solutions and developing capacities, specifically in low-and middle-income countries and emerging economies, and how global collaboration can leverage this for a new era of global development support.

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting 2012
San Francisco, CA: June 16-19, 2012
This conference will bring together 8,000 microbiologists in San Francisco to discuss the latest advances in the field.

Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) General Meeting 2012
San Francisco, CA: September 9-12, 2012
ICAAC meetings are designed to meet the needs of health care professionals, particularly physicians, clinical microbiologists, researchers, and pharmacists, specializing in infectious diseases.

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): IDWeek
San Diego, CA: October 17-21, 2012
IDSA's inaugural IDWeek will feature the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, across the lifespan. Partners include the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS).

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