Each year we award to a few participants assistance to attend WHIP. There will be several travel scholarships available for the upcoming WHIP 2018 meeting scheduled for April 15th – April 18th 2018. Fellowship application details. Students from disease endemic countries are encouraged to apply.
A* Star Institute, Singapore Immunology Network
Malaria is one of the most serious infectious diseases of humans, with 300–600 million clinical cases and 1-2 million deaths annually. Adaptive immune responses in the host limit the clinical impact of infection and provide partial protection against pathogen replication; most infections are clinically silent, as a result. In non-immune individuals, infections are more clinically overt, and a minority of these can become severe or life threatening, manifesting a range of overlapping syndromes with complex aetiologies. Our objectives are two-fold: firstly, to identify correlates of protection or pathology during Plasmodium infection. This will allow us to determine whether the immune responses associated with specific antigens play a role in protection, and subsequently to identify the mechanisms of this protection. Secondly, we aim to define the basis of parasite sequestration and how the immune system can participate or interfere with this process.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
The Baumgarth Lab investigates the basic immunological mechanisms that regulate and control immunity to pathogens. They aim to reveal the signals that drive a protective B cell response and to determine how these responses might be derailed by certain pathogens. Two mouse models of infection are being studied: influenza virus and Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme Disease agent. They are interested also in understanding the development and the role and function of a small innate-like B cell subset, termed B-1 cells and the natural IgM this subset is producing.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
We are interested in the role of Tyrosine Kinases (TKs) in regulating the immune response, with the goal of using this information to manipulate immune responses. We are specifically interested in the Tec families of nonreceptor TKs and their role in regulation of T cell development, activation, differentiation and allergic asthma induction by Tec family kinases. We also have additional lines of research trying to understand the regulation of Mast cell activation and function by Tec family kinases as well as regulation of allergic airway inflammation by eosinophils.
Application for a WHIP 2018 travel fellowship
1. Applicants must be either registered graduate (PhD) students in the 2nd year of their PhD thesis or greater, or postdoctoral students with less than five years of experience in the field of immunoparasitology (in their current lab). Applications from parasitic disease-endemic countries are particularly encouraged to apply.
2. The applicant must submit an abstract and be willing to present their work as an oral or poster presentation at the conference
3. WHIP 2018 will reimburse travel costs and registration fees (including lodging and meals) for those awarded grants (up to a maximum of 1,500.00 USD).
4. Any award will be made entirely at the discretion of the WHIP 2018 selection committee.
5. Applications should include the meeting abstract, a copy of the applicant's CV and one letter of support from the applicant's supervisor briefly explaining the applicant’s qualifications and reasons for needing the award. Email your application packet (copy of abstract, CV and supervisor’s letter) to firstname.lastname@example.org cc’d to email@example.com
6. The deadline for submission is February 15th 2018.
7. Abstracts should be submitted when you register for WHIP on the website
8. Please check "WHIP 2018 Fellowship" on the registration page.
9. There will be no correspondence regarding unsuccessful applications. Awardees will be notified on or before March 15th 2018.