Science for Health
NIMR coordinates an EU-funded PhD programme called InterMalTraining, focused on malaria research. The objective of InterMalTraining is to train a cohort of 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) to PhD level by means of collaborative malaria research projects.
Malaria affects over one third of the world’s population and exacts a devastating social and economic cost across the globe. Europe is at the forefront of the battle against this disease, containing many of the leading malaria research groups, most of which are members of at least one of two consortia:
InterMalTraining aims to integrate these initiatives by the establishment of a broad-based training programme that emphasises the path from fundamental research to translation into disease control strategies.
'Intervention strategies against malaria' (InterMalTraining) is an EU FP7 Marie Curie-funded Initial Training Network (ITN) coordinated by Mike Blackman (Division of Parasitology). It involves 13 partner institutions as well as nine affiliated research laboratories and four industrial partners, from ten different nations across Europe, Africa and Asia.
The objective of InterMalTraining is to train a cohort of 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) to PhD level by means of collaborative malaria research projects. Each three year project is jointly supervised by two principal investigators from separate partner institutions and usually different countries, affording a multicultural and multidisciplinary element to the training. Through this and additional training provided by experts from both the malaria research community and the industrial sector, it is intended to create a new generation of mobile young scientists who will be well acquainted with each other and with the leading malaria groups in Europe and beyond, enhancing their prospects for a career in their chosen area and suiting them to be future leaders in research and industry. The cross-disciplinary nature of the training will have the breadth to ensure that it is applicable across and beyond the field of infectious diseases, allowing mobility of the young scientists into these areas and forging future links across the life sciences and into industry.
InterMalTraining commenced with interviews and candidate selection in October 2008. The successful InterMalTraining ESRs attended a two week introductory course at the University Montpellier 2, France, in January 2009, followed by a formal evaluation of progress and a second training workshop in London in January 2010. Future workshops in Heidelberg and Lisbon will provide additional training opportunities.
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