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​​​​​Visiting Scientist Program (VSP)


Overview
At the CTVD launch, the participants agreed that a capacity building / exchange program between CTVD members would be valuable. In response to this, we have created the Visiting Scientist Program (VSP) which enables scientists from different CTVD member institutions to embrace new scientific concepts and gain experience in novel technologies with an overarching goal of promoting the exchange of ideas, expertise, and experiences. Up to $6,000 is available for travel plus room & board during the exchange.

Program
The program is designed for a personnel from a CTVD member institution who has a scholarly and intellectual interest in the state-of-the-art techniques, instruments, and innovations available in another CTVD member institution that can strengthen the capacity of the visiting scientist’s institute for TB research.

Through the VSP, scientists from CTVD member institutions from around the world are invited, as visiting scientists, to spend from 1 week to a maximum of 3​​ weeks and participate in established research studies in a laboratory of a CTVD member institution of their choice. This award covers airfare, hotel, and a per diem (for food and other ancillary expenses) only. Visiting scientists and the host scientists will jointly develop a coordinated agenda and training schedule, which is tailored to address their area of expertise and/or the specific techniques, instruments or innovations they want to learn. A host scientist (Principal investigator or a designated senior scientist) serves as a mentor. The agenda and the objectives should be agreed upon before the commencement of the exchange. Participants are encouraged to introduce their own relevant projects or work on complementary projects.

At the program's conclusion, visiting scientists are required to submit a report on the skills gained during the exchange. A brief summary of the visiting scientist’s experience will be published in the CTVD newsletter.

How do I apply?
Before the start of the project, please send us a brief description of the purpose of the lab exchange (500 words maximum) and the relevance of the exchange to the goals of the CTVD. Include who will be involved in the lab exchange and in whose lab the work will be done. Also, please ask your host scientist as well as your current lab supervisor to send a brief letter/email to our CTVD program manager, indicating they support this exchange. In addition, please provide information on the following:

· Areas of scientific interest or topics of focus in the host institution
· Describe what skills / techniques you would like to develop at the host institution
· Do you have a research project you would like to work on at the host institution?


Applications will be accepted on rolling basis and shall be reviewed by CTVD program management team.​

Name Affiliation Sponsoring Investigator Host Institution Host Investigator

Madeleine Jennewein
Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, US
Galit Alter, PhDThe South African TB Vaccine Initiative at Cape Town UniversityElisa Nemes, PhD

Gil Reynolds Diogo
Institute for Infection and Immunity, St. George’s Medical School, University of London, EnglandRajko Reljic, PhDRagon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, USGalit Alter, PhD
Sarah Fortune, MD

Hlumani Ndlovu
Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences (IBMS)Mohlopheni Marakalala, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh, USProf. JL Flynn
Prof. JT Mattila

​Karin Dijkman
​​Biomedical Primate Research Center, Department of Parasitology, The Netherlands​​Frank Verreck, PhDNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US​Mario Roederer, PhD

Hannah Priyadarshini Gideon
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Microb​iology and Molecular Genetics, USJoAnne L. Flynn, PhDKwazulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, South AfricaAl Leslie, PhD

​Anthony M. Cadena
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, USJoAnne L. Flynn, PhDKwazulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, South AfricaAl Leslie, PhD
Taylor ForemanTulane National Primate Research Center, US​ Deepak Kaushal, PhD National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US
Aeras, US
Mario Roederer, PhD
​ Aurelio Bonavia, PhD