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TBsusgent


Sustaining research momentum over the coming decades: mentoring the next generation of researchers for tuberculosis.
 
 
Framework programme:
 7
Contract/Grant agreement number:
223340
EC contribution:
1,000,000 €
Duration:
36 months
Funding scheme:
Collaborative support Action
Starting date:
01/11/2008
Project Web site:
 
 
 

Keywords: tuberculosis, training, research

Background

The relative lack of funded tuberculosis (TB) research over the last several decades has been acknowledged by the Stop TB Partnership and Global Stop TB Plan. In order to sustain research momentum over the next few decades, the next generation of TB researchers, particularly from developing countries, will have to be nurtured and supported. This project seeks, by building on existing research and capacity development programmes, to create a scientific fellowship programme focused on TB, and to facilitate career progression of developing country clinical scientists through a programme offering scientific training and a network of mentors.

If Africa is to play a meaningful role in contributing to global health research in the future, it will require accelerated development of skilled biomedical researchers of an international calibre. There is also an urgent need to invigorate ageing academic communities, in countries such as South Africa and India, with young scientists who are capable of developing their own internationally recognised research programmes.

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