Fostering innovation, generating new knowledge and ideas. Working with the infectious disease community worldwide to promote collaboration among researchers. Enabling investigators to extend their research experience, learning, and sharing inside and outside their region. Supporting infectious disease professionals to develop their skills, conduct groundbreaking scientific research, and expand their horizons.

Research Grants and Fellowships

ISID offers professional development opportunities and funding for original scientific research.

ISID’s signature research grants program has proven to be instrumental in fulfilling the Society's commitment to support health professionals, particularly in countries that disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases. Since 1995, ISID has awarded 165 seed grants to early career researchers from 49 resource-limited countries with the aim of building research capacity.

The ISID research grants review and selection process is overseen by ISID’s Research Committee. In 2018, more than 65 reviewers who were drawn from the ISID Executive Committee, Council, Emerging Leaders, staff and external organizations participated in the review process. Reviewers represent ISID’s broad and diverse membership with representation of reviewers from all WHO regions. Each proposal is reviewed and scored by at least two reviewers. The highest-ranking applications are then presented to the Research Committee who makes the final selection during a teleconference call.

Past Grant Recipients

2024 Awardees

Melissa Nkeng Asongha, Cameroon
Unraveling the hidden burden of Female Genital Schistosomiasis in rural Chad

Tiofack Zebaze Arnol Auvaker, Cameroon
Development of point-of-care Isothermal Recombinase Polymerase amplification detecting Schistosoma haematobium cell-free DNA in urine samples for the diagnostic of urinary schistosomiasis

Jonathan Kalungi, Uganda
Candida auris colonization and antifungal susceptibility patterns among intensive care patients at Mulago Hospital

Nakitto Irene Kisakye, Uganda
Investigating the knowledge and practices of Village Health Teams regarding rational use of anti-malarial drugs in children under five years in Uganda

Anurag Kushwaha, India
Sustaining India's efforts to eliminate Visceral Leishmaniasis by mitigating insecticide resistance in sand flies

Nicholus Nanyeenya, Uganda
Characterizing and exploring the barriers and facilitators to the uptake of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, and determining the effectiveness of an IPC community-of-practice, using peer-to-peer mentorships in enhancing the uptake of IPC measures in Central Uganda

Md Abu Jaher Nayeem, Bangledesh
Dysregulation of gut microbiota and mycobiota in patients with chronic diarrhoea: A pilot study

Joel Paul, Nigeria
Molecular Characterization of a Novel Plasmodium falciparum Trap-like Protein as a Potential Vaccine Candidate Against Malaria Infections in Jos, Nigeria

Vahatra Joëlle Razafimahefa, Madagascar
Tracing tuberculosis cross species transmission in an emblematic cattle breeding region of South- eastern Madagascar

Kabirat Sulaiman, Nigeria
Addressing the Diagnostic Hurdle of Schistosoma haematobium in Resource-Constrained Regions: Harnessing Fasciola-Derived Antigens for Urogenital Schistosomiasis Detection

2023 Awardees

Chiraz Atri, Tunisia
Anti-microbial resistance monitoring in Tunisian wastewater treatment plants

Bienvenu Balifeli, Cameroon
Evaluating the transmission patterns of schistosomiasis and geohelminthiasis in the Ndikinimeki district of Central-Cameroon

Bawa Boya, Benin
Resistance and virulence factors of Salmonella spp. strains isolated from cholera endemic waters

Monica Francis, Tanzania
Molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of human leptospirosis infection among agro-pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania

Kazi Injamamul Hoque, Bangladesh
Identifying the genetic relatedness of Carbapenem-resistant A. baumanni (CRAB) isolated from pregnant mothers, newborns and hospital environments in Bangladesh

Tsegaye Melaku Kebede, Ethiopia
Maternal vaginal dysbiosis and associated adverse pregnancy outcomes in Ethiopia: Epidemiological and microbiological aspects

George Limwado, Malawi
Prevalence of antibiotic self-medication and knowledge of antimicrobial resistance among community members in rural Malawi: a cross-sectional study

Hilary Okunbor, Nigeria
Prevalence and patterns of carriage of vancomycin -resistant Staphylococcus aureus among in-patients in a teaching hospital in South West Nigeria

Raj Kumar Shrestha, Nepal
A pilot study to investigate community-associated risk factors for gut colonization with 3rd generation cephalosporin-resistant Enterobacterales in neonates after introduction into the community

Adedotun Ayodeji Bayegun, Nigeria
Geographical Risk Distribution, Genetic Diversity and Transmission of Zoonotic Schistosomiasis in Ogun State, Nigeria

2020 Awardees

Victor Asua, Uganda
Origin and Spread of Potentially Highly Resistant Malaria Parasites in Uganda

Christiana Dapuliga, Nigeria
Biocontrol of Multi-drug Resistant Salmonella spp in Using Lytic Bacteriophages

Serhii Filatov, Ukraine
A pilot study to Isolate and Characterize the Antigenic Diversity of Tick-borne Relapsing Fever Borrelia Caucasica with a Low-cost, Culture-free Method

Uwem George, Nigeria
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever and the Potential Threat of Bat Viruses to Human Health in Nigeria

Birendra Prasad Gupta, Nepal
Biomarkers of Dengue Disease Severity in Nepal

Abi Manesh, India
Genomic Biomarkers for Predicting Outcomes with Colistin Therapy in Colistin Susceptible Carbapenamase Producing Klebsiella infection

Paneerselvam Nandagopal, India
Association of Human Pegivirus Infection and Inflammation in PWID (people who inject drugs) Cohort with HIV Infection

2018 Awardees

Clement Adu-Gyamfi, South Africa
Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, SA and 37 Military Hospital, Accra Ghana
Indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) activity as a Tuberculosis biomarker in HIV infected patients in South Africa; the effect of pregnancy

Wa Ode Dwi Daningrat, Indonesia
Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
Antimicrobial resistance profile of Streptococcus pneumoniae in children under 5 years of age in Wakatobi, Indonesia

Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassi, Ethiopia
University of Gondar
Implementing veterinary based antimicrobial stewardship program in six districts of north Gondar, Ethiopia: Implication to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance by promoting prudent antimicrobial use in animal health sector

Myo Maung Maung SweMyanmar
Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Oxford University
Antibiotics use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) public awareness survey in Myanmar

Junior Mudji, Dem. Republic of Congo
Protestant University in Congo
Gestational malaria prevalence and the potential impact of successful malaria control by insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) and intermittent preventive therapy in pregnancy with sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) in the Vanga Health Zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Emmanuel NgbedeNigeria
Department of Veterinary Pathology & Microbiology, University of Agriculture, Makurdi
Detection and genomic analysis of plasmid mediated colistin resistance (mcr-) from humans, poultry and pigs in Nigeria, sub Saharan Africa

Tharaka Ranathunge & Mr. N.W.B.A.L. Udayanga, Sri Lanka
Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Identification and mapping of medically Important vector mosquitoes in Kegalla and Kurunegala Districts of Sri Lanka

Peris Wambugu, Kenya2018 Norman Stein grantee for the highest ranked proposal
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Investigating possible associations between MRSA carriage to water, sanitation and hygiene in people and their farm animals from Kiambu area in Kenya

2017 Awardees

In 2017, the Center for Diseases Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), an organization with expertise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), partnered with ISID to provide senior mentors for AMR-topic awardees.

Patricio Acosta, Argentina, 2017 Norman Stein awardee for the highest ranked proposal
The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)
A role for interferon in vulnerable children with influenza

Daniel Asfaw Erku, Ethiopia
University of Gondar
Implementing community pharmacy-based antimicrobial stewardship program in Gondar town, Ethiopia: implication to promote rational use of antibiotics in the community
CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Estelle Mbadiwe

Tehmine Harityunyan, Armenia
Department of Zoology, Yerevan State University
The first molecular epidemiological survey to study Lyme disease pathogens in ticks of Armenia

Emmanuel Irek, Nigeria
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae surveillance in Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Olga Perovic

Sulaiman Lakoh, Sierra Leone
Ministry of Health and Sanition, Government of Sierra Leone
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antibiotic prescription and use in hospitalized patients at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone
CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Eili Klein

Shruti Murthy, India
Manipal University
Economic burden of neonatal systemic infections in South Karnataka, India

Temitope Oyewole Obadare, Nigeria
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Characterisation of neonatal sepsis in a tertiary hospital, South-West, Nigeria
CDDEP Mentor: Dr. Abhilasha Karki

Sofiya Yalysheva, Kazakhstan
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Genotyping Cystic Echinococcosis in Kazakhstan to investigate a possible genotype – organ correlation and generate new epidemiological data

2016 Awardees

Jaime Amorim, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia
Purification of Zika virus non-structural proteins aiming viral pathogenesis studies

Michael Frimpong, Ghana
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine
Rapid detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans by recombinase polymerase amplification

Theam Soon Lim, Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Instittute for Research in Molecular Medicine
Novel monoclonal human antibodies for Zika Virus Nonstructural proteins

Rubens Monto Neto, Brazil
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, René Rachou Research Centre, Laboratory of Molecular and Celular Biology
GoldLeish: novel phosphine-derived gold(I) complexes against antimony-resistant and -sensitive Leishmania parasites as drug candidates for leishmaniasis treatment

Hugo Perazzo, Brazil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz / Instituto Nacional de Infectologia Evandro Chagas, LAPCLIN-AIDS
Validation of an algorithm using non-invasive methods for diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in monoinfected HIV patients under combined antiretroviral therapy (c-ART) [HIV LiverTox Registry]

Cathy Samo, Kenya
University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences School of Medicine – Anatomic Pathology Unit
Thymic morphological and functional characteristics among cases of fatal paediatric severe acute respiratory infections, a retrospective crossectional study

Kuldeep Sharma, India
National Institute for Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur
To design and develop high sensitivity detection of MTB-Antigens using Immuno-LAMP to detect
Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens directly from specimens/sputum

Sean Wasserman, South Africa
University of Cape Town, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Dept. of Medicine
Colonisation with multidrug-resistant bacteria and C difficile in long-term care facilities in Cape Town, South Africa

Evelyn Wesangula, Kenya
Ministry of Health Kenya, Patient and Health Workers Safety Unit
Clean your hands, save a life

Francis Zeukeng, Benin
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), AgroEcoHealth Platform, Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
Proof of concept study: Are mosquitoes capable of picking up from their breeding environment and hosting the Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer etiological agent) in their bodies throughout their developmental stages?
Final Report: Zeukeng

2015 Awardees

Natalia de Miguel, Argentina
Instituto Tecnologico Chascomus (IIB-INTECH)
Epigenetic mechanisms in Trichomonas vaginalis: implications for gene expression, pathogenesis and drug discovery
Final Report: deMIGUEL

Jerome Dinga, Cameroon
Biotechnology Unit, Faculty of Science, University of Buea
Growth inhibition assay and proof-of-concept assessment of a chimeric UB05-09 antigen and a homologue in T. parva; TpUB05 in clinical malaria caused by P. falciparum

Yvonne Djieugoue, Cameroon
Service de Mycobactériologie, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun
An evaluation of the expression of catalase-peroxidase, an isoniazid-drug activating enzyme, and drug efflux pumps in clinical drug resistant and susceptible M. tuberculosis isolates

Balwant Godara, India
International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India
Information and communications technologies to alleviate bottlenecks in diagnostics of infectious diseases

Vivek Gupta, India
Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
Assessment of clinically suspected and unsuspected tubercular lymphadenopathy by PCR compared to non molecular methods in lymph node aspirates
Final Report: GUPTA

Augusta Kolekang, Ghana
College of Health
Capacity of health facilities to implement universal malaria diagnosis and treatment guideline in Ghana

David Nderu, Kenya
Kenyatta University
Analysis of Plasmodium falciparum Histidine Rich Protein-2 (pfhrp2) gene diversity in Kenya and its efect on malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)

Jandeli Niemand, South Africa
Malaria Parasite Molecular Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Pretoria
Functional genomics analyses of the differential susceptibility of early and late P. falciparum gametocytes to antimalarial compounds in order to aid drug discovery efforts
Final Report: NIEMAND

Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Malaysia
Department of medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
Longitudinal study of the impact of changing trends in genotypes and phenotypes of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infection in a Tertiary Teaching hospital in Malaysia
Final Report: SHUAN.JU.TEH

Elizabeth Villasis, Peru
Laboratorio de Malaria, Laboratorio de Investigacion para el Desarrollo (LID), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Functional assessment of monoclonal antibodies for their ability to block in vitro the invasion of Peruvian P. falciparum parasite isolates into erythrocytes
Final Report: VILLASIS

2014 Awardees

Yaw Afrane, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Climate and Human Health Research Unit, Centre for Global Health Research
Impact of delayed malaria parasite clearance on malaria transmission in western Kenya

Amin Aqel, Jordan
Mu’tah University, Faculty of Medicine
Infections caused by Gram negative bacteria in the unfortunate Syrian refugees in Jordan, epidemiological and molecular study
Final Report: AQEL

Pascaline Fonteh, South Africa
University of Pretoria, Dept. of Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science
Improving the in vitro pharmacokinetic profile of malaria, TB and HIV drugs using nanotechnology
Final Report: FONTEH

Tinashe Gede, Zimbabwe
University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine,
Evaluation of the feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of a point-of-care urinary lateral flow assay (Alere Determine LF-LAM) for diagnosis of tuberculosis among hospitalized, HIV-infected patients in Harare, Zimbabwe

Silvina Goenaga, Argentina
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Virales Humanas “Dr. Julio I. Maiztegui”, Research Department,
Potential for co-infection of novel mosquito-specific flaviviruses to block human flaviviral disease agent infection and/or transmission in mosquitoes. In collaboration with the CDC, Ft. Collins, CO, USA
Final Report: GOENAGA

François Kiemde, Burkina Faso
Clinical Research Unite of Nanoro
Determination in vitro of Natural Killer cells cytotoxicity directed against erythrocytes infected by Plasmodium falciparum during pregnancy

Richard Kwizera, Uganda
Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Infectious Diseases Institute, Department of Research
Estimation of prevalence of Aspergillus hypersensitivity in HIV patients post PTB treatment attending the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) clinic in Kampala, Uganda
Final Report: KWIZERA

John Libwea, Cameroon
Expanded Programme on Immunization, Central Technical Group, Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
Assessing the burden of otitis media (OM) in children 2 to 3 years of age and estimate the effect of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13) inclusion on OM in the Expanded Programme on Immunisations (EPI) in Cameroon
Final Report: LIBWEA

Laura Perez-Vidakovics, Argentina
Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto de Biotecnología y Biología Molecular, IBBM, CCT-CONICET-La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas
Role of autophagy in replication of Junin virus (JUNV)

Huldah C. Sang, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit, Centre for Global Health Research
Identification and management of genital schistosomiasis and association with HIV amongst women of reproductive age in Rarieda district, western Kenya

Clovis Seumen, Cameroon
The Biotechnology Center/University of Yaoundé I, Molecular Parasitology and Disease Vectors Research Laboratory
Evaluation of the effect of Ascaris lumbricoides proteins on host immune response to MSP3 (malaria vaccine candidate) in BALB/c mice
Final Report: SEUMEN

2013 Awardees

Gbemisola Boyede, South Africa
Infectious Disease Clinic, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
Validation of a new developmental screening tool for neurodevelopmental delays among HIV-infected South African children
Final Report: BOYEDE

Yagahira Castro Sesquen, Peru
Laboratorio de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Novel nanotechnology for urine antigen detection in congenital Chagas disease

Admasu Mamuye, Ethiopia
Dept of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University
Utilizing point-of-care test for cryptococcal screening among HIV-infected persons in Ethiopia

João Marques, Brazil
Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Institute for Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
RNA Interference: a tool for identifying and controlling dengue virus and other arboviruses in insect vectors
Final Report: MARQUES

Erick Muok, Kenya
Schistosomiasis Research Unit, Center for Global Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Evaluation of schistosomiasis treatment efficacy and re-infection patterns in children co-infected with Schistosoma haematobium and S. mansoni in western Kenya

Fall 2012 Awardees

Soledad Negrotto, Argentina
Laboratorio Trombosis Experimental, Instituto de Medicina Experimental (IMEX), CONICET-Academia Nacional de Medicina
Understanding platelet-RNA virus interaction
Final Report: NEGROTTO

Samwel Odiwuor, Kenya
Medical Laboratory Sciences Mount Kenya University
Determination of Leishmania tropica diversity and distribution within sand flies in an endemic focus of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Kenya

Philip Owiti, Kenya
USAID-AMPATH partnership
Integrating HIV services for tuberculosis patients in Western Kenya: how well are we doing?
Final Report: OWITI

César Rodriguez, Costa Rica
Research Center for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Microbiology, University of Costa Rica
Revealing novels aspects of cell wall synthesis and ß-lactam sensitivity in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium: studies on the interactome of the periplasmic protease Tsp and the outer membrane lipoprotein NlpI
Final Report: RODRIGUEZ

Techalew Shimelis, Ethiopia
Hawassa University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Performance evaluation of three rapid diagnostic tests for detection of Cryptosporidium antigen in stool specimen from patients with HIV/AIDS
Final Report: SHIMELIS

Mohammad Sohail, India
University Department of Zoology, Vinoba Bhave University, Jharkhand
Investigation on the role of nitric oxide production and singe nucleotide diversity during malaria anemia for protective and diagnostic potential among malaria endemic population of Jharkhand
Final Report: SOHAIL

Spring 2012 Small Grant Awardees

Phuc Hong Le, Vietnam
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
An economic evaluation of the introductIon of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine In Vietnam, Including its impact on high-risk HlV-infected children
Final Report: LE

Peter Maturi Mwamba, Kenya
University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences
Study of AF1q/CD44 expression status across the spectrum of Burkitt’s lymphoma (endemic v. sporadic v. epidemic)

Emmanuel Odjadjare, Nigeria
Western Delta University, Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Molecular epidemiology of Vibrio species isolated from environmental, food and clinical samples in a fast growing semi-urban town in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria
Final Report: ODJADJARE

Tseren-Ochir Erdene-Ochir, Mongolia
State Central Veterinary Laboratory
Studies on characteristics and distribution of avian influenza viruses in wild birds of Mongolia and genetic comparison avian influenza viruses isolated from North East Asia includes Mongolia and Korea
Final Report: ERDENE-OCHIR

Nikita Sahadeo, Trinidad
University of the West Indies
A high-throughput next-generation molecular study of viruses associated with suspected dengue cases in Trinidad and Tobago

Fall 2011 Small Grant Awardees

Alisone Githendu, Kenya
University of Nairobi, School of Medicine, Department of Human Pathology
Effects of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate on plasma and cervical lavage HIV viral load
Final Report: GITHENDU

Carlos Machain Williams, Mexico
Autonomous University of Yucatan, Arbovirology Laboratory, Regional Research Center (Hideyo Noguchi).
Importance of rodents as reservoir hosts of arthropod-borne viruses in Merida City, Mexico

Beth Mutai, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Basic Science Laboratory
Burden of tick borne pathogens in patients with acute febrile illness in Kenya
Final Report: MUTAI

Guomkuo Mafopa Nadége, Cameroon
“Chantal Biya” International Reference Centre for Research and Management of HIV/AIDS
Quantification and importance of broad neutralizing antibodies in vertical transmission of HIV in Cameroon
Final Report: NADEGE

Braulio M. Valencia, Peru
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander von Humboldt, “Grupo de Investigacion de Leishmaniasis
Leishmania RNA virus as a possible determinant of pathogenicity in American Tegmentary Leishmaniasis: detection and quantification of viral load clinic samples
Final Report: VALENCIA

Spring 2011 Small Grant Awardees

Dodi Safari, Indonesia
Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
Identification of Streptococcus pneumonaie serotypes and detection of specific anti-polysaccharides antibodies in Indonesian population
Final Report: SAFARI

Vu Tra My Phan, Vietnam
Enteric Infections Group, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
The prevalence and phylodynamics of norovirus, an agent of diarrhea, in symptomatic and asymptomatic children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Final Report: MY PHAN

Tsira Chakhaia, Georgia
Epi-surveillance and Strategic Planning Department, National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases
Contact investigation for Tuberculosis in Georgia, Tblisi (Pilot Project)
Final Report: CHAKHAIA

Béatrice Dambaya, Cameroon
Chantal Biya International Reference Center (CBIRC)
Trim 5 a gene polymorphysm in Cameroonian infants: restriction to HIV infection, implication in disease progresson or protection
Final Report: DAMBAYA

Joanne Hassan, Kenya
Relationship between vaccine vial monitors and potency status of oral Polio virus vaccine among retrieved field samples in Kenya
Final Report: HASSAN

Miriam Rolan, Paraguay
Centro papa el Desarrollo de la Investigación Cientifica (CEDIC)
In vitro assays of 2,5-dihidroxibencil derivatives on Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania donovani
Final Report: ROLON

Fall 2010 Small Grant Awardees

Milner Mukumbwali, Zambia
Tstsee and Trypanosomosis Control Section, Department of Veterinary and Tsetse Control Service
Impact of aerial spraying against Glossina morsitans centralis on animal trypanosomosis in Sesheke and Shangombo Districts of Western Zambia

Neelika Malavige, Sri Lanka
University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Identifying biomarkers for predicting severe disease in dengue infections

K.E. Vandana, India
Katsturba Medical College, Department of Microbiology, Manipal
Detection and characterizations of metallo beta lactamase resistance among Gram negative bacilli and clinical epidemiology of infections in Indian tertiary care hospital

An Duy Duong, Vietnam
Hospital for Tripical Diseases, Tuberculosis Research Group
Mechanisms of cross-resistance to Fluoroquinolones in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Stephen Kusi, Ghana
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST
Detecting and quantifying Plasmodium falciparum in blood and tonsils: Towards an understanding of malaria-related oncogenesis
Final Report: KUSI

Spring 2010 Small Grant Awardees

Tavan Janvilisri, Thailand
Mahidol University, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Characterization of sporulation and spore germination of Clostridium difficile isolated from different host origins

Ephram Mekonnen, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa University, Department of Biology/Applied Genetics Stream
Modeling the impact of HIV/TB co-infection and environmental exposures on MTB infection outcomes: latent or active Tuberculosis

Marshall Munjoma, Zimbabwe
University of Zimbabwe, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The impact of antiretroviral therapy on the genital shedding of herpes simplex virus type -2

César Ugarte-Gil, Peru
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Laboratorios de Investigación Desarrollo
Detection and susceptibility testing for Tuberculosis in lymph node tissue using the MODS method

Sujit Pujhari, India
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Department of Virology
Significance of pattern recognition molecules (Toll like Receptors) in the Neuropathogenesis of Japanese encephalitis

Patricio Retamal, Chile
University of Chile, Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Molecular epidemioloy of Salmonella enterica SV. Enteritidis strains isolated from wild birds, domestic animals and humans from Chile

Fall 2009 Small Grant Awardees

Marlinang D. Siburian, Indonesia
Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology
Molecular epidemiology of Hepatitis B virus in Minangkabaus sub-ethnic of West Sumatera, Indonesia
Final Report: SIBURIAN

Iskra Tuero, Peru
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Inst. de Medicina Tropical Alesander von Humboldt, Laboratory of Immunology
TCR gd+ T cells: perforins/granulysins production with Leptospira

Marsia Gustiananda, Indonesia
Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
Prediction of T-cell epitopes of influenza A and the analysis of T-cell responses targeted to the proteome of influenza A virus in Indonesian population

Anthony Kebira, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Medical Microbiology
Evaluation of HIV evolution and its role in development of antiretroviral drug resistance, within a cohort
Final Report: KEBIRA

André Talvani, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Instituto de Ciências Exatas e Biológicas (ICEB II), Departamento de Ciências Biológicas
Inflammatory angiogenesis in the cardiac remodeling during experimental Chagas disease

Robert Paulino, Dominican Republic
Instituto Dominicano de Estudios Virologicos (IDEV)
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) detection in men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Dominican Republic
Final Report: PAULINO

Spring 2009 Small Grant Awardees

Godwin Kwakye-Nuako, Ghana
University of Ghana Medical School, Department of Microbiology
Toxoplasmosis in Ghana: Seroprevalence study in the coastal population
Final Report: KWAKYE-NUAKO

Nicholas Kiulia, Kenya
University of Pretoria, Institute of Primate Research,Dept. of Medical Virology, Enteric Viruses Research Group
Hospital-based surveillance to estimate the burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis in children under five years of age in a rural setting (Meru hospital) in eastern part of Kenya
Final Report: KIULIA

Katherine Torres, Peru
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto de MedicinaTropical ‘Alexander von Humboldt,’ Molecular Epidemiology Unit
Role of regulatory T-cells and their association with the clinical outcome of malaria infection (symptomatic and non-symptomatic individuals) in Peruvian Amazon
Final Report: TORRES

George M. Varghese, India
Christian Medical College, Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Genotyping of Orientia tsutsugamushi from patients with scrub typhus
Final Report: VARGHESE

Pauline Byakika, Uganda
Makerere University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Pharmacokinetics and safety of artemether/lumefanitrinewhen administered concomitantly with Lopinavir/Ritonavir in HIV positive Ugandan patients with uncomplicated malaria

Fall 2008 Small Grant Awardees

Charmaine Mlambo, South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand, Clinical Microbiologyand Infectious Diseases
Molecular and epidemiological characterization of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Johannesburg, South Africa
Final Report: MLAMBO

Saradiya Chatterjee, India
Prof. Benjamin M. Pulimood Laboratories for Infection, Immunity and Inflamation
Clinico-epidemiologic and molecular characterization of metallo beta lactamases (MBLs) producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa causing nosocomial infections
Final Report: CHATTERJEE

Jobiba Chinkhumba, Malawi
Malaria Alert Centre, Department of Community Medicine,College of Medicine
Impact of HIV infection on the performance of malaria rapid diagnostic tests

Daniel Ojurongbe, Nigeria
Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology,College of Health Sciences,
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
Plasmodium falciparum antifolate resistant alleles and associated opportunistic infection among HIV individuals on Cotrimoxazole prophylaxisin Osogbo, Nigeria
Final Report: OJURONGBE

Pamela Valva, Argentina
Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Pathology Division,Ricardo Guitierrez Children’s Hospital
Serum markers of liver injury in chronic hepatitis Cvirus infection
Final Report: VALVA

Spring 2008 Small Grant Awardees

Ifedayo Adetifa, The Gambia
Bacterial Diseases Programme, Medical Research Council(UK) Laboratories
A pilot study of nasopharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae in Nigerian children
Final Report: ADETIFA

Jackson Onyuka, Kenya
Biomedical Science and Technology, School of Public Health and Community Development
Evaluation of different methods for controlling fish-borne pathogenic microbes

Cristina Guerra-Giraldez, Peru
Dept. of Microbiology
School of Science, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Adequate cultures of clinical isolates of Trichomonas vaginalis for molecular studies of virulence

Fall 2007 Small Grant Awardees

Diana Waturangi, Indonesia
Faculty of Biotechnology, Atma Jaya Catholic University
Detection of virulence genes and class 1 integron associated gene cassettes in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ice of street foods in Jakarta, Indonesia
Final Report: WATURANGI

Wanda Markotter, South Africa
Dept. of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences,
University of Pretoria
Diagnostics and molecular epidemiology of wildlife rabies in remote areas of the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa
Final Report: MARKOTTER

Fanny Ita, Peru
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Instituto de MedicinaTropical “Alexander von Humboldt”
HTLV-1-associated myelpathy/tropical spastic paraparesis in the Peruvian Andes
Final Report: ITA

Spring 2007 Small Grant Awardees

Florence Ogo, South Africa
Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Rabies Unit
Genetic charactersation of dog rabies virus isolates from Nigeria
Final Report: OGO

Shan Lv, China
Dept. of Vector Control, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases,Chinese Center for Diseases Control & Prevention
Intraspecific genetic differentiation of Angiostrongyluscantonensis based on the complete mitochondrial genome
Final Report: LV

Angela Carvalho Freitas, Brazil
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health,University of Sao Paulo
Modeling the impact of introducing the pertussis’ vaccine booster for adolescents and adults in Sao Paulo City, Brazil

Fall 2006 Small Grant Awardees

Ragupathy Viswanath, India
Department of Experimental Medicine, Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, India
Project: Divergent HIV strains circulating among the Intravenous Drug Users (IDU) in South India

Leonardo Nimrichter, Brazil
Laboratório de Estudos Integrados em Bioquímica Microbiana Instituto de Microbiologia – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Project: Plant defenses against fungal pathogens

Adedayo Adeyemi, Nigeria
Healthmatch International, Nigeria
Project: Antiretroviral therapy use, clinical and virologic outcomes for a cohort of HIV–infected Adults in Mainland General Hospital, Lagos Nigeria
Final Report: ADEYEMI

Spring 2006 Small Grant Awardees

Zeinab Hassan, Jordan
The Hashemite University, Jordan
Project: Reporting rate of occupational injuries and exposure to blood borne infections among Jordanian healthcare workers: A descriptive study

Khaled Mustafa Swaileh, Palestine
Biology & Biochemistry Dept. Bireit University, Palestinian Territories
Project: Microbial health risks associated with consumption of untreated water from household roof catchment systems

Ines Badano, Argentina
Laboraorio de Biiologia Molecular Aplicada Facultad de siencias exactas Quimicas Y Naturales, Universidad nacional de Misiones, Argentina
Project: TNF-alpha promoter Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cervical infection in Guarani Indian women inhabiting the rainforest of Misiones, Argentina
Final Report: BADANO

Fall 2005 Small Grant Awardees

Paul Bessong, South Africa
Department of Microbioloy, University of Venda, South Africa
Project: Drug resistance in HIV-1 Subtype C

Luis Brieba de Castro, Mexico
Department of Biochemistry, CINVESTAV, Mexico
Project: Structural studies of the EhCP112 cysteine Proteease from Entamoeba histolytica

Azure Tariro Makadzange, Zimbabwe
University of Zimbabwe School of Health Sciences, Zimbabwe
Project: The appropriate management of cryptococcal meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa: A study of immediate vs. deferred anti-retroviral therapy in the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis with long term follow up to determine when it is safe to discontinue secondary prophylaxis against cryptococcal meningitis

Spring 2005 Small Grant Awardees

Svetlana Ermolaeva, Russia
Gameleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia
Project: Releasing of membrane-anchored proteins and its role in Listeria monotogenes virulence

Maria Ines Gismondi, Argentina
Laboratory of Virology, Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital, Argentina
Project: Apoptosis markers related to pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus infection in pediatric patients

Vivian Kawai, Peru
Viomedical Research Unit, Asociacion Benefica PRISMA, Peru
Project:Community-based epidemiologic study of Chagas’ disease in Arequipa, Peru

Fall 2004 Small Grant Awardees

Gabriella Gago, Argentina
Instituto de Biologia Celular y Molecular de Rosario, Departmento de Microbiologia, Argentina
Project: Molecular, genetic and biochemical characterization of Acyl-CoA carboxylase complexes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: finding new drug targets for treating mycobacterial diseases

Hasan Bin Hamza, Pakistan
Department of Family Medicine, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Project: Hepatitis survey in adults of Jam Kandah, Landhi District, Karachi, Pakistan

Maria Papathanasopoulos, South Africa
Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa
Project: Nonprogressive HIV-1 subtype C infection – viral determinants

Spring 2004 Small Grant Awardees

Samie Amidou, South Africa
Department of Microbiology, University of Venda for Science and Technology
Project:Molecular epidemiology of Entamoeba histolytica in the Venda region of South Africa, and anti-amebic activities of local medicinal plants
Final Report: AMIDOU

Aleem Khan, India
The Meccan Medical College and Allied Hospitals
Project: Molecular genotyping of Helicobacter pylori strains associated with gastric and duodenal ulcers using whole genome fingerprinting: Andhra Pradesh, South India

Cesar Henriquez Camacho, Peru
Instituto Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana
Project:Immune response in BALB/c mice to Bartonella bacilliformis infection

Fall 2003 Small Grant Awardees

Alemka Markotic, Croatia
Institute of Immunology, Zagreg, Croatia
Project: Mechanisms of apoptosis in 293HEK cells infected with hantaviruses
Final Report: MARKOTIC

Laura Liliana Rodero, Argentina
Departamento Micologia, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project: Amino Acid Substitutions of 14 alfa demethylase (ERG11) in Fluconazole Resistant Cryptococcus neoformans clinical isolates
Final Report: RODERO

Mayengbam Pramotchand Singh, India
Green Foundation, Imphal, India
Project: Situation and response assessment among sex workers in Manipur, 2003-04

Spring 2003 Small Grant Awardees

Hongjie Liu, China
Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Project: A pilot study of HIV counseling to increase willingness to receive premarital HIV testing among marriage license applicants in a rural area of China
Final Report: LIU

Regina Sara Nunez, Peru
Institute of Tropical Medicine, Lima, Peru
Project: Recombinant Cysteine Proteinase B (rCPB) of Leishmania braziliensis as a vaccine candidate: immunoprotective evaluation in hamster as experimental model

Preecha Leangaramgul and Sompong Sapsutthipas, Thailand
Medical Biotechnology Center (MBC), Nonthaburi, Thailand
Project: The neutralizing activity of the prime-boost regimen with rBCG-E12 and rDIs-E12 candidate vaccine

Andrew Karani Karugi, Kenya
International Center for Reproductive Health Research Lab, Coast Provincial General Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya
Project: Cytology in the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosisis

Fall 2002 Small Grant Awardees

Silvia Graciela Correa, Argentina
Immunologia, Departamento de Bioquimica Clinica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba
Project: Study of the mechanisms of weight loss, anorexia and hepatic injury in Candida albicans infection under stress conditions
Final Report: CORREA

John G. Ayisi, Kenya
Centre for Vector Biology & Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Project: An evaluation of the effectiveness of intermittent preventative treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for malaria in pregnancy in Kenya

Alex K. Owusu-Ofori, Ghana
Department of Child Health and Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Project: The epidemiology and prevention of blood borne pathogen exposure among health care workers in Ghana
Final Report: OWUSU_OFORI

Spring 2002 Small Grant Awardees

Dao-Yu Chao, China
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Project: A family study for searching genetic changes of dengue virus serotype 3 in Taiwan

Simon Kamau Kariuki, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute / Center for Vector Biology and Control Research (KEMRI/CVBCR), Kenya
Project: Effects of permethrin-treated bednets on acquisition of antibodies Plasmodium falciparum variant surface antigens (VSAs) in pregnant women in an area of perennial malaria transmission in western Kenya

Pablo Cesar Baldi, Argentina
Instituto de Estudios de la Inmunidad Humoral, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project: Characterization of virulence factors secreted by Brucella species: amino acid sequences, triggering stimuli, cellular effects and recognition by the immune system of the host

Fall 2001 Small Grant Awardees

Marina Chiappero, Argentina
Faculty of Physical and Natural Sciences, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
Project: Isolation of microsatellite loci for population genetic studies of the natural reservoir Junin virus, Calomys musculinus

Nicolass Gey van Pittius, South Africa
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Project: A molecular and epidemiological investigation into the factors contributing to the prevalence of re-infection and the paucity of dual infections in a community with a high incidence of tuberculosis

Grace Gbotosho, Nigeria
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Project: Identification of candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in plasmodium falciparum isolates (R) showing false negative results using the Parasight – F dipstick
Final Report: GBOTOSHO

Spring 2001 Small Grant Awardees

Niyaz Ahmed, India
Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India
Project: Automated sequencing, functional analysis and comparative genomics of selected AFLP markers from Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in India

Silvia Viviana Nates, Argentina
Institute of Virology, University of Cordoba, Argentina
Project: Picobirnavirus molecular biology: diagnosis and genomic characterization of strains circulating in Argentina

Milena Panteva, India
Virology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India
Project: Study of the immunogenicity of DNA vaccines encoding the Gepatitis E Virus major capsid protein

Fall 2000 Small Grant Awardees

Willy K. Tonui, Kenya
Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Project: Evaluation of Leishmania donovani derived Lipophosphoglycan as a candidate vaccine against Viceral Leish, maniasis in Murine Models

Thanh Hoa Le, Australia
Molecular Parasitology Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Project: Molecular-based diagnosis and taxonomic studies on common parasitic disease caused by Paragonimus, Clonorchis/Opisthorchi, Fasciola and Schistoma in Vietnam using mitochondrial sequences as genetic markers

Carmen Castillo, Colombia
Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas, Colombia
Project: Screening for malaria in blood donors from Cali, Colombia. A comparison of PCR and IgG and IgG Elisa

Spring 2000 Small Grant Awardees

Niyaz Ahmed, India
Centre of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnosis, India
Project: High resolution digital fingerprinting and development of an epidemiological database of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Eunita Ohas, Kenya
Center for Vctor Biology and Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Project: Glycophorin phenotype distribution and prevalence of glycophorin A independent Plasmodium falciparum parasites in Kombewa, Western Kenya

Ariel Quintana, Cuba
Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Pedro Kouri” Cuba
Project: Isolation, identification and characterization of the Cuban Hepatitis E virus strain

Fall 1999 Small Grant Awardees

Daniela Centron, Argentina
Department of Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project: Epidemiological Studies of Vibrio cholerae (1992-1999) isolates in Argentina

Marjan Mohammadi, Iran
Biotechnology Department, Pasteur Institute of Iran
Project: Screening Iranian H. pylori isolates for cytotoxin (vacA) and its associated gene product (cagA)

Spring 1999 Small Grant Awardees

Blanca Ines Restropo, Colombia
Corporación para Investigaciones Biológicas, Colombia
Project: Development of an immunoassay for neurocysticercosis: Phase II – Characterization of diagnostic epitopes

Oleg Alexeyev, Russia
Department of Infectious Diseases, Clinics of Samara State Medical University, Russia
Project: Hantavirus infection in men and rodents in the Samara region, European Russia

Willy Tonui, Kenya
Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Project: Evaluation of Leishmania donovani derived lipophosphoglycan as a candidate vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis in murine models

Fall 1998 Small Grant Awardees

Gladys Aleman, Kenya
US Army Medical Research Unit, Kenya
Project: Comparative study of the Kirby Bauer Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing vs. a Modified Stokes Method using the Mastring-S Multidisks

Rebeka Angoni, Albania
Institute of Public Health, Albania
Project: Hepatitis C among chronic and polytransfused patients in Albania

Sam Kariuki, Kenya
Centre for Microbiology Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Project: Prevalence of resistance to b-lactam antibiotics among clinical isolates of gram negative bacteria

Blanca Ines Restrepo, Colombia
Molecular Parasitology Laboratory, Corporación para Investigaciones Biológicas
Project: Development of an immunoassay for neurocysticercosis: Phase I – Identification of diagnostic epitopes

1995 Small Grant Awardees

Charles W. Huskins, USA
Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital
Project: Reduing Nosocomial Perinatal Infections in Demonstration Hospitals in Colombia Using Quality Improvement Methods.

Anna Przondo-Mordarska, Poland
Department of Microbiology, University of Medicine
Project: Hospital Infection Control in Wroclaw

Jorge Sanchez, Peru
Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Alexander von Humboldt”, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Project: Training of fellows in epidemiology and laboratory technology related to HIV and other STDs to improve laboratory capability, intervention program in Lima, Peru

2019 Awardees

Dr. Ndiaye Ousseynou, Senegal
Centre Régional de Recherche et de Formation Sur la Prise en Charge Clinique (CRCF) / SMIT, Berne
Dr. Ousseynou will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Berne, Switzerland.

Dr. Sonam Zangmo, Bhutan
Central Regional Referral Hospital (CRRH), Gelephu, Ministry of Health Bhutan Dr. Zangmo will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

2018 Awardees

José Damas, Venezuela
Tropical Medicine Institute, Central University of Venezuela
Dr. Damas will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Yasmine Abi Aad, Lebanon
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Dr. Abi Aad will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

2016 Awardee

Aaruni Saxena, India/Germany
Department of General Medicine, Clinic Hilden, Düsseldorf
Dr. Saxena will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.

2015 Awardee

Elhadj Ibrahima Bah, Guinea
Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Université de Conakry
Dr. Bah will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

2014 Awardee

Mehtap Simsek, Turkey
Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Dept., Haseki Training and Research Hospital
Dr. Simsek will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.

2013 Awardee

Gebreselassie Hiwot Mamo, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa University Collage Of Health Science Department Of Internal Medicine
Dr. Hiwot Mamo will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.
Final Report: MAMO

2012 Awardees

Botond Lakatos, Hungary
Saint Laszio Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases
Dr. Lakatos will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.
Final Report: LAKATOS

Dzmitry Viktaravich Piskun, Belarus
Belarusian State Medical University
Dr. Piskun will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

2011 Awardees

Natalia Rodriguez, Colombia
Biological Sciences, Universidad de Los Andes
Ms. Rodriguez will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fall 2009/10 Awardee

Andrea Moldovan, Romania
University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tg. Mures, Clinic of Infectious Disease,
Dr. Moldovan conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fall 2008 Awardee

Alain Kenfak, Cameroon
General Hospital of Yaoundé
Dr. Kenfak conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Final Report: KENFAK

Fall 2007 Awardees

Juan Carlos Ambrosioni Czyrko, Argentina
Infectious Diseases “Francisco J. Muñiz” Hospital, Infectious Diseases Department
Dr. Czyrko conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Marina Macedo-Viñas, Uruguay
Universidad de la República, Facultad de Medicina, Départmentde Bactériologie et Virologie
Dr. Macedo-Viñas conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fall 2006 Awardees

Zsuzsanna Barcsay, Romania
“Victor Babes” Clinincal Hospital of Pneumophtysiology and Infectious Diseases
University of Medicine & Pharmacy
Ms. Barcsay conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.

Rafael Perdomo Diaz, Venezuela
University Hospital of Caracas Venezuela, Intensive Care Unit
Dr. Diaz conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fall 2005 Awardees

Nobre Vandack, Brazil
Internal Medicine Division, Medical School, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dr. Vandack conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland
Final Report: NOBRE

Nhung Tuyet Vo Thi, Vietnam
Public health Department, Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City
Dr. Thi conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Zurich, Switzerland.

Fall 2004 Awardees

Marina Djordjevic, Serbia & Montenegro
Infectious Diseases Clinic, Clinical Care Center, University of Nis, Serbia & Montenegro
Dr. Djordjevic conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland
Final Report: DJORDJEVIC

Alina Martynova, Russia
Vladivostok Medical University, Russia
Dr. Martynova conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.
Final Report: MARTYNOVA

Fall 2002 Awardees

Andres Pascual, Argentina
Fundacion Centro de Estudios Infectologicos, Buenos Aries, Argentina
Dr. Pascual conducted his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Final Report: PASCUAL

Dongmi Li, China
The Clinical Laboratory of Shantou Central Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
Dr. Li conducted her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chaiwat Ungsedhapand, Thailand
HIV-NAT, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Dr. Ungsdedhapand conducted his research with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.

2023 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Sosina Ayalew Tafese, Ethiopia
Identification and validation of proteomics markers of tuberculosis diagnosis

Sèsséya Arnaud Sas Soha, Benin
Antimicrobial resistance and the issue of antibiotic residues in table eggs sold in markets in Southern Benin

2022 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Kalyani Borde, India
Impact of rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing (RAST) on clinical outcomes of patients with sepsis in low-resource settings

Josiane Kenfack Zanguim, Cameroon
The impact of HIV infection on the vaginal flora and health of Cameroonian pregnant women

2021 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Brian Arturo Mondeja Rodríguez, Cuba
Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Cuba (CEA)

Mulatu Gashaw Adbaru, Ethiopia
Jimma University's School of Medical Laboratory Science

2020 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Dawit G. Hagos, Ethiopia
Development & Evaluation of Multiplex db-PCR Combined with NALFIA in North Ethiopia, Tigray

Thi My Hoa Vo, Cambodia
Insight into Dengue-Specific Memory B Cell Profiles in Asymptomatic Individuals for Vaccine Development

2018 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Housseini Dolo, Mali
Faculty of Medicine & Ontonto Stomatology
Using seroprevalence age profiles to identify changes in incidence and interruption of transmission of filarial infections in Mali. In collaboration with the Imperial College, London, UK.

Kumitaa Theva Das, Malaysia
Universiti Sains
Point Mutagenesis Study on Human Cyclophilin A as a Targeted Therapy to Tackle HIV-1 Viral Resistance. In collaboration with the University of Oxford, UK.

2017 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Joseph Michael Oduor, Kenya
Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi
Complete genome analysis of lytic phages and identification of hypothetical phage proteins targeting major protein complexes of Staphylococcus aureus. In collaboration with the University Helsinki, Finland.

Deepjyoti Paul, India
Dept. of Microbiology, Assam University, Silchar
Analysis of the burden of antibiotic resistance in E. coli associated with gut carriage and bacteraemia’s in Northern India. In collaboration with the School of Medicine, Institute of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University, UK.

2016 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Janine Seetahal, Trinidad and Tobago
The University of the West Indies
The identification of new, emerging and endemic viruses in the bat population of Trinidad and
Tobago. In collaboration with theInstitute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Final Report: SEETAHAL

Akhtar-Uz-Zaman, Bangladesh
Rajshahi Medical College
Molecular epidemiology and spread dynamics of Carbapenem and Cephalosporin resistant
Enterobacteriaceae clones inside and outside of hospital settings
Molecular epidemiology and dissemination ecology of antibiotic resistant Acinetobacter baumannii clones inside and outside of Bangladeshi hospital settings. In collaboration with the Uppsala University, Sweden.

2014 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Juan Farizano, Argentina
INSIBIO (Instituto Superior de Investigaciones Biológicas), Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
Development and optimization of attenuated bacterial vaccines for the control of Salmonella infection: Effect of RcsCDB system in the fimbrial genes expression. In collaboration with the Departamento de Genética, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain.
Final Report: FARIZANO

Refath Farzana, Bangladesh
Dept. of Microbiology, Kumudini Women’s Medical College and Dept. of Microbiology, Dhaka Medical College
Molecular epidemiology and dissemination ecology of antibiotic resistant Acinetobacter baumannii clones inside and outside of Bangladeshi hospital settings. In collaboration with the Uppsala University, Sweden.
Final Report: FARZANA

2013 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Syed Hani Abidi, Pakistan
Dept of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Aga Khan University
Epitope evolution of HIV in genetically distant populations. In collaboration with the Nuffield Dept of Medicine, John Radclife Hospital, Oxford, UK
Final Report: ABIDI

Rodrigue Mintsa, Gabon
Dept of Parasitology-Mycology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Health Science
Schistosomiasis in Estuaire province of Gabon: What is the situation? In collaboration with the Université de Pergignan, Perpignan, France.
2012 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardee

Isaac Clement, Nigeria
Ambrose Alli University, Department of Zoology, Tropical Disease Research Unit
Human African trypanosomiasis in Nigeria: identification of animal reservoir hosts and characterisation of the tsetse fly vector. In collaboration with the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Final Report: CLEMENT

2011 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees

Josephine Siregar, Indonesia
Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology
Phenotypic analysis of atovaquone resistant Plasmodium berghei mutants.
In collaboration with scientists from Erasmus MC University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Final Report: SIREGAR

Fernanda Ludolf Ribeiro, Brazil
Centro de Pesquuisa René Rachou FIOCRUZ/MG, Cellular and Molecular Parasitology
Profiling the humoral immune response to Schistosoma mansoni using a new immunoproteomic approach protein microarray.
In collaboration with scientists from the University of Nottingham, School of Pharmacy, Nottingham, UK.
Final Report: LUDOLF

2010 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardee

Philip Anochie, Nigeria
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Microbiology Division
Genotype analysis of mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates.
In collaboration with scientists from the S. Raffaele Scientific Institute, Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit in Milan, Italy.
Final Report: ANOCHIE

2013 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Maria de las Mecedes Pescaretti, Argentina
CONICET, PROIMI-INSIBIO – Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
Study of the secretion flagellar proteins in the rcsC11 mutant to serve as a model of vaccine against Salmonella typhimurium. In collaboration with the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.
Final Report: PESCARETTI

Johnson Mosoko Moliki, South Africa
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town
Skills development and technology transfer to investigate the molecular mechanisms of regulation of primary epithelial cell tight junctions of the female genital tract by contraceptives, hormones and HIV-1. In collaboration with McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Final Report: MOLIKI

2012 ISID Fellowship Awardee

Elyara Maria Soares, Brazil
Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Ciéncias Farmaceuticas de Ribeirão, Dept. de Analises Clinicas, Toxicologicas e Bromatologicas
Leukotriene signaling and immunoregulation in postpartum Streptococcus infection. In collaboration with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Final Report: SOARES

2011 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Nicholas Kiulia, Kenya
Institute of Primate Research, WHO Collaborating Center
Molecular Characterization of Cryptosporidium isolates in captive olive baboon in Kenya. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, USA.
Final Report: KIULIA

Kamlesh Gidwani, India
Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Medical Services, Department of Medicine
Immune response of humans to sand fly P. argentipes saliva: Western blot approach to identify novel salivary peptides with serum of asymptomatic infection in VL. In collaboration with the London School of Tropical Medicine, UK.
Final Report: GIDWANI

2010 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Erdenebileg Narnygerel, Mongolia
FIRE – Flagstaff International Relief Effort
Study on prevalence of blood borne infections among Mongolian health care workers. In collaboration with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA

Micah Oyaro, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI)
Molecular epidemiology and functional characterization of Hepatitis B and C viruses isolated from drug abusers in Kenya. In collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, Department of Internal Medicine, South Africa.

2009 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Rosa Ramírez Bartutis, Cuba
Laboratorio deBiologíaMolecular, Departamento de Virología, Instituto MedicinaTropical “Pedro Kourí”
Characterization of immune response elicited by dengue 2virus recombinant NS3 protein immunized with dengue 4 virus recombinant E protein in mice. Research will be done at the Laboratóriode Genómica Estrutural Instituto de Biofisica Carlos Chagas Filho, Centro de Ciéncias da Saúde, Brazil.
Final Report: BARTUTIS

Lilian Ogonda, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI)
Expression of FeyRIIa, FeyIIa, FeyRIIIa and Fey RIIb on monocytes of children after treatment for severe malaria. Research will be done at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine,USA

2008 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Ines Badano, Argentina
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Analysis of Ethnic Differences in the Distribution ofTNF-a SNPs and Human Papilloma virus (HPV) Infection
Final Report: BADANO

Elkin Lemos Luengas, Colombia
University of Toronto, Canada
The economic impact of introducing HIV/AIDS guidelineinto Colombian National Drug Formulary: Costs-effectiveness and budget-impact analysis
Final Report: LEMOS

2007 ISID Fellowship Awardee

Radmilla Mirzayeva, Azerbaijan
Rotavirus Vaccine Program, PATH- Europe
Training to perform testing for Rotavirus infection using ELISA method and strain characterization using RT-PCR method in HPA, EVU Laboratory in London

2006 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Mateja Jankovic, Croatia
University Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr. Fran Mihaljevic”
Mechanisms of apoptosis by pathogenic hantaviruses

Luis Adrian, Argentina
Laboratorio de Arbovirus, Instituto de Virologia – F.C.M.-UNC
Investigation of avian amplifying hosts and mosquito vectors of a novel epidemic strain of St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV,Flaviviridae) isolated in Argentina

2005 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Maria Eugenia Alvarez, Argentina
Department of Immunology, Hematologic Research Institute, National Academy of Medicine, Argentina
Project: Characterization of host response during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection by gene expression profiling
Ms. Alvarez will conduct her research in collaboration with the TB Center of the Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey, USA.

Varsha Atul Potdar, India
Department of Retrovirology, National Institute of Virology, Pune, India
Project: Application of sensitive methodologies for detection of transmitted HIV drug resistance
Dr. Potdar will conduct his research in collaboration with the Centers for Infection, Heatlh Protection Agency, London, England.

2004 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Ikechukwu Okoli, Nigeria
Department of Applied Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Project: Molecular characterization of virulence factors of five isolates of Cryptotrichosporon anacardiense (CBS 9549, CBS 9550, CBS 9551, CBS 9552 and CBS 9553), a new basidiomyceteous yeast genus from Nigeria
Dr. Okoli will conduct his research in collaboration with Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA.
Final Report: OKOLI

Fuad Mirzayev, Azerbaijan
Project: Development of the strategy and elaboration of the detailed project for treatment of patients with Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the specific context of Azerbaijan
Dr. Mirzayev will conduct his research in collaboration with Partners in Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Final Report: MIRZAYEV

2003 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Sola Adesida, USA
The Public Health Research Institute, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Project: Molecular epidemiology of Nigerian strains of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

2002 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Dhrubaa Ghosh, India
Department of Microbiology, Virology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Project: Production of antibodies to recombinant G proteins of Indian isolates of RSV for detection and characterization of viruses
Dr. Ghosh will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists at the Department of Pediatrics/Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

2001 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Marco Canales, Peru
Project: Technology transfer for parasitic disease diagnostics
This research was done at the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases, Montreal, QC, Canada

Mariana Gisela Bego, Argentina
Project: Development of recombinant hantavirus antigens for serologic diagnosis with homologous serotype
Ms. Bego did her research at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA.

2000 ISID Fellowship Awardees

David Kateete, Uganda
Project: Investigation of T. Burcei prenylated protein methyltransferase (PPMTase) as a potential therapeutic target
Dr. Kateete’s research was conducted at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Salih Gosoglu, Turkey
Project: Molecular epidemiology of invasive Salmonella typhi in Southeast Turkey
Dr. Gosoglu conducted this research at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

Sanaa Kamal, Egypt
Project: Specific cellular responses and cytokine patterns in patients with acute Hepatitis C virus co-infected with Schistosomiasis: Correlation to outcome of infection
Dr. Kamal worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1999 ISID Fellowship Awardee

Papa Gallo Sow, Senegal
Project: HIV screening, testing clinic
Dr. Sow’s research was done at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center, New Jersey, USA

1998 ISID Fellowship Awardees

Branca Bedenic, Croatia
Project: Biochemical and genetic characterization of extended spectrum beta-lactamesis from Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. Bedenic worked at The University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands
Pauline Mwinzi, Kenya
Project: Effect of Schistosomiasis and HIV co-infection on cellular and humoral responses to HIV and schistosomal crude and recombinant antigens
This project was carried out at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Past Awards

To provide an incentive for promising young investigators working in the field of AMR Institut Mérieux allocates numerous awards to researchers and clinicians around the world who are at the beginning of their carrier in recognition of a major achievement having significant impact on the control of AMR.

In order to reduce the development and spread of resistant bacteria and deliver better patient outcomes, healthcare organizations must implement measures to ensure optimal use of antibiotics. Implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program will help organizations reach the goal of providing patients requiring antibiotic treatment with the right antibiotic(s), at the right time, at the right dose, and for the right duration.

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) and Pfizer Global Medical Grants have partnered to award one million dollars for research projects focused on the implementation and/or assessment of antimicrobial stewardship programs in the Latin America region. ISID will oversee the grant application and evaluation process as well as the proposal review committee that will make funding decisions.

We are seeking innovative quality improvement research, health services research and/or educational research applications that identify and evaluate practices for successfully implementing key elements of antimicrobial stewardship programs within hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Individual projects requesting up to $250,000 USD will be considered.

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Antibiotic resistance (ABR) is a major public health issue worldwide and innovative approaches to tackling resistant bacteria in humans, animals and the environment are urgently needed. For many years, the Institut Mérieux and its entities have been committed to the fight against antibiotic resistance and to the control of the spread of resistant infections. In order to provide an incentive for promising young investigators working in the field of ABR, Institut Mérieux allocates several awards worldwide to researchers or clinicians at the beginning of their carrier in recognition of a major achievement having significant impact on the handling of ABR.

In 2018, Institut Mérieux and the International Society for Infectious Diseases awarded a joint Young Investigator Award of €10,000 Euros to an awardee during the 18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases/XVIII Congreso SADI which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 1 to 4, 2018. Recognizing that the rising threat of AMR requires a multisectoral “One Health” approach, applications from young investigators from the human, veterinary, and environmental fields will be considered.

ISID and Pfizer IGL&C collaborated in 2014 to offer a grant opportunity in the area of adult vaccination. ISID and Pfizer’s goal is to decrease health disparities by increasing access to or use of vaccinations by adults either individually or by population in low- and middle-income countries.

Grant Awards

Reaching the hard-to-reach mobile pastoralists with the most appropriate vaccination scheme in Central Africa

  • Esther Schelling (Principal Investigator) Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel
  • Mahamat Béchir Switzerland Ministry of Health and Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), N’Djaména, Chad
  • Mbaihol Tamadji Chad Ministry of Health, Expanded Programme on Immunization, N’Djaména, Chad
  • Hamit Kessely Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), N’Djaména, Chad
  • Ngandolo Bongo Naré Institut de Recherche en Élevage pour le Développement, N’Djaména, Chad


The consortium – composed of members of four public health and veterinary institutes – has the overall goal of increasing vaccination coverage among mobile pastoralists in Central Africa. In Chad with its high proportion of pastoralists, research and implementation partners have gained experience in well reaching pastoralists with joint human and animal vaccination campaigns, but a sustained strategy still needs to be better described before translation to policy. We hypothesize that the introduction of an assessed adult vaccination scheme will further increase the demand of pastoralists for vaccination services and lead to more frequent utilization of a mix between mobile, outreach and established fixed vaccination infrastructure. Given that one fifth of pastoralists regularly cross the country borders, Chad will initiate an exchange with its neighboring countries on how to serve pastoralist communities and on the appropriate vaccination scheme including adult vaccination – among the ‘lost-outs’. Main beneficiaries are the pastoralists in remote zones as well as the vaccination services. This operational research will facilitate vaccination campaigns between the health and veterinary sectors in three zones and two years. The campaigns are assessed with qualitative and quantitative approaches regarding the knowledge and perceptions on adult vaccination; randomized surveys will indicate the achieved coverage of women (TT2+) and an in-depth follow-up of few families will further show whether the overall demand to vaccination could be increased when other adult vaccines are added to the schedule. We will disseminate our results to all stakeholders to further explore how vaccinations can be sustainably delivered to these hard-to-reach communities.

Strategic Immunization Geo-temporal Mapping Application (SIGMA)

  • Bruce Y. Lee (Principal Investigator) International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dagna Constenla (Co-PI) International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


The overall goal is to develop the Strategic Immunization Geo-temporal Mapping Application (SIGMA), a computational modelling tool to help decision makers: (1) forecast temporal demand for current and future adult immunizations, in a given country, in different parts of the country, and for each immunization location. (2) Determine the number and characteristics of adults that are reachable by current immunization locations and strategies in any given country. (3) Plan the locations and operating characteristics of various immunization strategies (e.g., outreach, campaigns, and other strategies) that are needed to supplement the fixed immunization locations. (4) Estimate the costs and cost-effectiveness of different adult immunization strategies from estimated demand scenarios. (5) Develop guidelines for adult vaccination use, to anticipate demand and to secure appropriate funding. (6) Demonstrate how robust these answers and solutions are to varying conditions (e.g., costs, population migration, mortality, and compliance with immunization). The key objectives of this project are to develop an initial version of SIGMA and utilize SIGMA for a pilot country (Mozambique) to evaluate the immunization logistics for a currently implemented adult vaccine (tetanus) and a planned adult vaccine (HPV). To evaluate the utility of SIGMA at the end of the project period, our team will convene a focus group of potential SIGMA users to evaluate and provide feedback on.

Using novel packaging and delivery technologies to improve access to adult vaccines in low-resource settings

  • Zehrung, Darin L (Senior Technical Officer, Principal Investigator and project manager) –
    The Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Technologies Group (VPTG) at PATH, Seattle
  • Swaminathan, Savitha – Commercialization Associate
  • McGray, Sarah – Program Officer
  • Saxon, Eugene Alan – Product Development Engineer
  • Jeffers, Emily – Project Administrator
  • James, Tessa – Program Assistant
  • Mayimele, Hlahla – Commercialization Officer, South Africa Office
  • Kumar, Sandeep – Program Officer, India Office
  • Odero, Christopher – Senior Program Officer, Kenya Office
  • Gueye, Abdoulaye – Technical Officer, Senegal Office
  • Dao, Sang Dinh – Program Officer, Vietnam Office
  • He, Yonggang – Program Officer, China Office


The scope of adult immunizations in many developing countries currently centers on a handful of vaccine-preventable diseases, but these vaccines have had limited reach within their target populations. Under this work, we will conduct an assessment of adult immunization-delivery scenarios in both low- and middle- income countries, with a focus on maternal immunizations. We will examine market requirements, program priorities, and user needs. We will identify possible constraints that may limit coverage of existing and future adult vaccines and map selected constraints to innovative packaging and delivery technologies that may help to optimize adult, particularly maternal, vaccine coverage. We will work with a variety of individual experts, but do not anticipate pursuing institutional collaborations. Instead, we will leverage the strength of PATH’s network of country offices to conduct the needs assessment.

Vaccination accessibility for child-bearing age women in low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia period 2015-2017

  • Prof. Assoc. Le Thi Huong (Project manager) – Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam
  • Dr. Vanphanom Sychareun (Project manager) Dean of the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health Sciences, Laos PDR


Overall, the project aims to increase the accessibility and use of vaccines to prevent some communicable diseases such as influenza, rubella, tetanus, and hepatitis B in low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia period 2015-2017. The project will offer opportunities for researchers in institutions and agencies involved in improving capacity in research of adult vaccination immunization.

A multi-country, prospective and community-based study will be carried out over three years (tentatively 2015-2017). Pre- and post- evaluation design and community-based randomized control trials (RCT) will be applied in two Southeast Asian countries (Vietnam, Lao PDR).

Specifically, the outcome of the project aims to decrease health disparities by evidence-based novel interventions for accessing vaccination against influenza in Vietnam and Lao PDR. Vietnam and Lao PDR will implement health education interventions; at the same time Vietnam will implement a health service intervention in order to address barriers to vaccination access in each of their respective countries and localities. In addition, at least, two papers will be submitted to international peer-reviewed journals at the end of the project.

In response to the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, ISID stepped in to offer travel grants to individuals to enable them to attend one of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety training courses to be prepared to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit in West Africa. The CDC course ran from October 2014 to March 2015. ISID received assistance from GlaxoSmithKline and the Niles Foundation.

Awards were made to individuals who joined the training at the CDC and went on to work in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Awardees hailed from USA, UK, Brazil, Austria, Cuba, Germany, Pakistan, Canada, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Sierra Leone.

Douglas H. Hamilton, MD, PhD, Anniston/CDC Ebola Safety Training Course Director, sent the following thank you to ISID:

On behalf of the entire ETU Safety Training Team I want to thank you for your support of CDCs course. To date, 480 healthcare workers have completed the course in Anniston, AL and have learned the principles of infection prevention and control needed to work safely in an ETU setting. I know many of our international participants were able to participate in the training thanks to the travel grants provided by ISID. It has been an honor and a privilege to meet and help prepare healthcare workers to operate safely in an ETU environment and we could not have done this without the support of partners such as ISID.

To find out more listen to the story broadcast about the CDC Ebola Safety Training Course on National Public Radio (October 8, 2014).

ISID Research Grants Committee

Chair: Gagandeep (Cherry) Kang, India

Deputy Chair: Ursula Theuretzbacher, Austria

Deputy Co-chair (Emerging Leader): Laura Talarico, Argentina

Gathsaurie Malavige, Sri Lanka (Executive Committee)


Sitara Ajjampur, India

Elizabeth Ashley, Laos PDR

Rijal Basista, Nepal

Anil Bhola, India

Ashutosh Biswas, India

Paolo Calistri, Italy

Robert Colebunders, Belgium

Carta Gunawan, Indonesia

David Hamer, USA

Ramanan Laxminarayan, India

Helena Maltezou, Greece

Sadia Shakoor, Pakistan

Belay Tessema, Ethiopia

Sean Wasserman, South Africa

Chinyere Ukaga, Nigeria

Emerging Leaders:

Joseph Agboeze, Nigeria

Afreenish Amir, Pakistan

Enrique Castro-Sanchez, UK

Veasna Duong, Vietnam

Rajiv Sarkar, India

ISID Staff:

Laurence Mialot, USA