HSP is excited to introduce the 2017 Pakistan cohort of Futures Health Security Fellows. This cohort of early-career scientists brings a wide range of experiences from across Pakistan in microbiology, immunology, nutrition, veterinary medicine, genetics, biotechnology, and infectious diseases.
Earlier this month, Health Security Partners, in collaboration with the Landau Network-Fondazione Volta (Como, Italy) and the Iraq National Monitoring Authority (Baghdad, Iraq), hosted an Advanced Research Workshop supported by the NATO Science for Peace & Security (SPS) Program in Como, Italy.
We’re thrilled to announce new 2016 Health Security Futures Fellows who represent the future of health security in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. Ranging from life sciences undergraduates to medical residents, this diverse cohort will kick off their yearlong Fellowship at the Fellowship Training Institute, which will be held in conjunction with the 6th International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, in Vienna, Austria this week.
For September’s ‘Global Infectious Disease and Surveillance’ module, we asked the Futures Fellows to use social media to explain AMR to non-scientist family and friends. Ranging from hand-drawn comics to impassioned Facebook posts, the approaches were diverse but shared common themes like defining key terms for understanding AMR and simple steps for reducing the risk of infection.
As a Health Security Policy Fellow, I recently had the opportunity to be on the frontlines of science diplomacy. The goal? To make the world a safer place; specifically, by collaborating with scientists and policymakers in the Philippines to draft their Biological Materials of Concern (BMC) list.
The growing prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a health security issue of global concern. Resistant strains of infectious pathogens spread across national borders quickly and easily, and antibiotic resistance is outpacing the discovery of new drugs. To combat the rising AMR crisis in a sustainable manner, HSP is supporting efforts in Pakistan to improve local laboratory capacity for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST).
In collaboration with the University of the Punjab, HSP co-hosted a workshop on dual-use research of concern (DURC) where 40 PhD students engaged in DURC case study and risk assessment discussions and conceptualized how DURC concepts relate to their own research projects. This event is part of a larger HSP-supported initiative seeking to assess graduate students’ attitudes and awareness of DURC.
We are thrilled to share more about our Training Institute that took place last month for the 2016 Health Security Futures Fellowship – Pakistan cohort.