Training opportunities

PhD in Paediatric Respirology/Virology/Immunology

Newcastle, Australia

The experimental and Translational Respiratory Medicine Group located at the Hunter Medical Research Institute as a member of the Centre forAsthma and Respiratory Disease at the University of Newcastle hasPhD scholarships available to both outstanding domestic and international applicants. The successful applicants will be supervised by Prof Joerg Mattes, Laureate Prof Paul Foster and Dr AdamCollison.

The students under supervision will collaborate with both clinical and basic scientists in an environment focused on translating findings intp real world outcomes. The successfulapplicant in consultation with the supervisors will develop a project complementary to the existing researchinterests of the group namely:

  • Food allergy biomarker & novel treatments development
  • Rhinovirus infection andexacerbation of ashtma (Collision and Hatchwell et al. Nat Med 2013)
  • Eosinophilic oesophagitis
  • Early origin of lung disease (birth cohort studies employing lung function techniques such as nitrogen multiple-breath washout,FOT,FeNO,RV-RTC) [Mattes et al. Thorax 2013].

The successful applicant will be supported by a scholarship for three and a a half years at $25,000 per annum (tax free) with the opportunity to apply for a 6 month extension. If the successful applicant is an international student, Overseas Student Health Cover will be provided for the duration of their candidature. A full tuition fee scholarship will also be offered to successful international candidates (domestic students undertaking a Research Higher Degree are not required to pay fees). Funding will also be made available to assist with relocation and establishment costs.

Francesco Colucci and Ashley Moffett
(University of Cambridge, UK)

7 - 9 December 2014
Castellammare di Stabia
(Naples) Italy

View of Naples, Bastiaen Stopendaal, 1663, San Martino Museum, Naples

  • Annette Nakimuli (Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda) Diverse genes cause susceptibility to pregnancy disorders
  • Alison Elliott (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda) Infections and immunity in pregnancy
  • Tamara Tilburg (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) Fetus specific effector and regulatory T cell responses during pregnancy
  • Marisa Alegre (University of Chicago) Transplantation tolerance
  • Elizabeth Simpson (Imperial College, London) Multiple histocompatibility antigens: the embryo as a sitting target
  • Jakob Michaelsson (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm) What is the role of the fetal immune system?
  • John Trowsdale (Cambridge, UK) The ABC of KIR and HLA
  • Ashley Moffett (Cambridge, UK) KIR and HLA as tools in populationhistory
  • Francesco Colucci (Cambridge, UK) Experimental approaches to dissect the immunogenetics ofpregnancy
  • Anthony De Tomaso (University of California, Santa Barbara)Allorecognition and stem cell parasitism – the strange life of a basal chordate
  • Angela Santoni (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) Leukocyte trafficking
  • Ennio Carbone (Karolinska Institute and University of Catanzaro, Italy) Tumor immunity
  • Tom Gajewski (University of Chicago) Cancer immuno-therapy based on breaking tolerance

Pregnancy disorders affect millions of women worldwide and are unusually common in Africa and other underdeveloped countries. This Course will bring together experts in reproductive immunology with experts in areas at the intersection of immunology with cancer, transplantation and infection with the aim to understand the biological factors underlying pregnancy complications.

The official language is English. The number of participants is limited to 75. Early registration fee is € 550.00 (until 10 October 2014) and includes course material, lunches, coffee breaks, welcome buffet dinner and a guided tour of Roman ruins. An additional €100 will be charged for late registration (until 31 October 2014).

A limited number of bursaries is available for registration fee and/or hotel + dinners from funding provided by EFIS-EJI.Final deadline for application is 31 August 2014. POSTPONED UNTIL 20 SEPTEMBER 2014.

The Course takes place in memory and in honour of the Ceppellini School Founder Serafino Zappacosta.

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The 4th NIF Winter School on Advanced Immunology by Singapore Immunology Network /Immunology Frontier Research Center to be held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, from 18-23 January 2015. Deadline for application: 30 September 2014 . 25 international travel fellowships will be given by the organizers, including 4 IUIS awards for students of the developing world.