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SciDevNet news item: Online forum seeks to boost work of ethics committees

Article on SciDevNet about the launch of Global Health Reviewers, a partner site of Global Health Trials. www.GlobalHealthReviewers.org is an online community for members of research review committees, and aims to provide support, guidance, review and professional network.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 12 Oct 2011
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GCLP Guidelines

Link directly to the 2009 WHO GCLP guidelines

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Prize for health innovation in Africa

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) based in Switzerland have announced a 100,000 USD first prize and 50,000 USD second prize for innovations in various categories, including healthcare.

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Bookmarked by Tamzin Furtado on 13 Sep 2011
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Post-doctoral Training Programme at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University


Deadline: 30 September 2011 (18.00 GMT)

Legon, Ghana with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has instituted a Post-doctoral Fellowship Programme, to train future research leaders who will contribute to infectious diseases control efforts. The program seeks to train young African scientists towards building a critical mass for control of poverty-related diseases, equip them to compete effectively for international funding for research work in Africa, offer them international exposure, and facilitate their networking and collaboration with other institutions. Successful applicants will conduct research for a two-year period (renewable up to three years based on satisfactory performance) in a strong interdisciplinary environment at the NMIMR in one of the following thematic areas:

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Innovative methods for assessing/monitoring transmission intensity in support of malaria elimination programme
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Development of simple rapid diagnostic methods for mycobacterial infections particularly tuberculosis (TB) and Buruli ulcer (BU))
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Innovations for monitoring and surveillance of resistance to antiretroviral therapy in HIV patients in resource-limited developing countries.

Eligibility criteria

Young African scientists planning academic or research career paths in African institutions. Applicant should have a Ph.D., MD/Ph.D. or equivalent degree in relevant biomedical sciences (biochemistry, biological sciences, molecular biology etc.).

Individuals who have submitted their Ph.D dissertations are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be highly motivated, have strong research and conceptual skills and be interested in developing novel research directions.

Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills in English. This application is open to all English, French, Spanish and Portuguese speaking African nationals. Working knowledge of English would be an advantage.

How to apply

Prospective candidates should contact postdoc@noguchi.mimcom.org or visit www.noguchimedres.org for further details on the thematic areas and mode of application.

Electronic copies should be sent to postdoc@noguchi.mimcom.org or mail hardcopies to:

The Coordinator
Post-Doctoral Office
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
University of Ghana
P.O. Box LG 581
Legon, Accra
GHANA .
Deadline of Application Submission

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Bookmarked by Frida OYAKHIROMEN on 7 Sep 2011
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Joint UNICEF-TDR Implementation Research Project to strengthen the equity strategy in Africa‏

Deadline for submission of letter of intent: 19 September 2011

The objectives of the Regional Implementation Research are to:

1. Intersectoral approaches to vector control based on environmental management practices, combined with community mobilization, for example, through partnerships between communities and municipal services to improve water management and solid waste disposal. Improved water management and vector control efforts focusing on productive water container types.
2. Propose and implement innovative strategies for strengthening human resources for implementation research and accompanying M&E frameworks at the interface between implementation research and health systems.
3. Support UNICEF strategic results areas level 3 activities and improve the measurement and understanding of progress (or lack of progress) and its drivers.

IV. Eligibility criteria
All sub-Saharan African countries are eligible. Letters of intent should demonstrate involvement of key stakeholders at the country level. The country implementation research team will be responsible for defining the research question/s, developing the country focused proposal and protocol. TDR and UNICEF HQ will provide technical assistance as needed. It is recommended that the country team should include at the minimum the following representation; UNICEF country office, Ministry of Health, relevant health authorities or public health agencies, research institutions and/or university departments, relevant NGOs. Depending on the intended research questions, necessary expertise within the national research team will include all or a combination of the following: epidemiologist, statistician, social scientist, economist, vector control, nutritionist, water sanitation and medical doctor (public health officer). The linkage between research and control is necessary. Although it is preferable for each country to submit only one letter of intent, consideration of two letters of intent will be given where the research questions need two separate teams because of the type of expertise and partnership involved.

Letters of Intent must be submitted not later than 19 September 2011.

The letters of intent should be submitted by Email with attached documents to: tdrgrant@who.int

Feedback to all applicants will be provided by 10 October 2011. The proposal finalization workshop to be organized in November 2011.

For further details, please contact: Dr Jane Kengeya-Kayondo

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Bookmarked by Frida OYAKHIROMEN on 30 Aug 2011
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