A two-week Advanced Course of Vaccinology will be organised annually from
2005 to 2007 at the Veyrier-du-Lac Conference Centre by Mérieux Foundation and
University of Geneva.
The course will comprise top-level lectures, followed by interactive
discussions and specific practical exercises in small working groups. Particular
attention will be given to vaccines against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. An
important aspect of the course will be the promotion of contacts and
international networks. Care will be taken to maintain a full independence from
any influence of a commercial nature. English will be the official
language.Each year, an international scientific committee will select 60
participants, including 30 from developing countries (DC), associated candidate
countries (ACC), and East European countries; 20 out of the 30 will be from DC.
Among them, the aim will be to select ten participants from sub-Saharan Africa.
The course will be targeted at young professionals or those soon to be involved
in vaccine-related research and strategic issues.
The course will also be co-sponsored by US-NIH, CDC, WHO, ESPID, University
of Geneva, Johns Hopkins SPH and main vaccine producers, and they will provide
lecturers. An independent evaluation is planned.
Funding from the EC will ensure that scientists from developing countries,
associated candidate countries (ACC), Russia, other newly independent states
(NIS), and the western Balkans will benefit from fellowships for travel, housing
and registration. Other participants will be asked to contribute to course
expenses (registration fee) with a reduced rate for academia and governmental
The overall objective of this training is to create a critical mass of
people, in Europe and in developing countries, with a sufficiently broad
knowledge of vaccinology to be able to play a leading role in decision-making
processes related to (i) pre-clinical vaccine research (go/no-go), (ii) design
and monitoring of clinical trials, (iii) vaccine safety issues, (iv) selection
of new and appropriate vaccination strategies, including economic aspects, and
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