From December 3rd – 7th 2018 , the GCRF Networks Vaccinology Course was held in Bangkok.
IMPRINT awarded three travel scholarships to attend the course to Dr Lok Bahadur Shrestha from Nepal, Nasamon Wanlapakorn from Thailand and Dr Shona Moore from the UK.
We are excited to share Lok´s and Shona´s impression of the course:
I am Lok Bahadur Shrestha, Assistant Professor at the B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan, Nepal. The GCRF Networks Vaccinology Course in Bangkok was a fruitful course. I would like to thank the IMPRINT-Network for sponsoring me to attend. The course was well organized with a beautiful venue, great management and top-notch speakers. The lectures covered everything in vaccinology; right from the basic immunology to the final licensing steps of a candidate vaccine. The presentations were very insightful and interactive that kept us all engaged. The discussion sessions after each lecture were informative, even the coffee breaks were fruitful with the two-way interaction between the speakers and participants. The speakers were top vaccinologists of the world and available to talk to during the whole course. The course exceeded my expectations in every way. This course is definitely going to help me a lot in the path of vaccine research. I would like to thank the IMPRINT Network and the whole organizing team again for this wonderful opportunity and hope to be a part of this team in the near future.
I am Shona Moore, a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection and Global Health. In December 2018 I attended the GCRF Networks Vaccinology Course as an IMPRINT network scholar. The workshop, based at the wonderful Anantara Riverside Resort in Bangkok, was attended by 40 delegates and 20 speakers with a range of experience across the vaccine development pipeline and from both human and veterinary fields. Set in a fantastic location on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, the course gave a thorough and comprehensive insight into the field of vaccinology and had a varied schedule of excellent talks by outstanding speakers. As an early career researcher, attending the course not only expanded my knowledge of vaccinology but provided invaluable networking opportunity. I particularly enjoyed exploring the vaccinology theme across both human and veterinary fields. As a human immunologist, this opened my eyes to some of the unique challenges faced in the veterinary field. Set in such a vibrant and exciting city, the whole experience was unforgettable.
The IMPRINT network has developed a survey for monitoring how immunisation efforts for pregnant women, newborns and infants are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.