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The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) announces the 2015 FOCIS Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology at the Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, February 8-12, 2015.

The IUIS Education Committee in collaboration with FOCIS will co-sponsor 3 trainees from the developing world to attend this course. IUIS will pay for a travel bursary of $2,000 US maximum, while FOCIS will pay for registration, 4-night accommodation and meals during the conference. Additional expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

This initiative has been very successful in the last 6 years and students really appreciated. The candidates should have sufficient scientific background and comprehension of English to benefit maximally from the Advanced Course. Prominent speakers will lecture on topics in cellular and molecular immunology, including innate immunity, B & T cells, and cytokines.

Special sessions will cover new advances in clinical immunology and the molecular and genetic basis of immune-mediated diseases. There will be ample opportunity for attendees to interact with the faculty inside and outside the lecture room. The target audience includes clinical fellows in disciplines related to immunology (such as rheumatology, allergy, infectious disease, oncology and transplantation) and graduate students and fellows doing basic research with an emphasis on human disease.

Go the following website to find out more about the course, schedule, speakers, and presentation titles.

The Education Committee will do the selection of candidates for the 3 awards.

Do not register on line for this course, if you are applying for the FOCIS/IUIS support. A brief CV, a letter outlining how you would benefit from this course and a letter of reference from a professor or mentor must be sent by email to: Dr Michelle Letarte, Chair of the IUIS Education Committee <>

Deadline for application: December 1st, 2014, in order to allow time for USA VISA.

Only the awardees will be notified, and by December 20th.

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs – for more information on these programs please visit the grant opportunities page at .Please also note that the topic statements are also be available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Chinese.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationhas launched three new Grand Challenges:

Proposals will be accepted until January 13, 2015.

In response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development to develop practical and cost-effective innovations to improve infection treatment and control that can be rapidly deployed.

Submissions received by November 7, 2014, will be part of the first round of review, and submissions received by December 1, 2014, will be part of the second round of review. Expressions of interest received after December 1, 2014, will be reviewed in subsequent rounds.