MALBOP- Training & Expert Symposium Malawi

MALBOP- Training & Expert Symposium Malawi

Issued: Sat, 07 Oct 2017 19:26:00 BST

The Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation & Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology recently staged an advanced training course and expert symposium (MALBOP) held in Blantyre, Malawi. The course targeted at PhD students and early postdocs with a strong interest in the interaction between the immune system, Parasites and other Pathogens was attended by students from ten African countries. Intensive learning sessions mixed with symposia on the most recent advances in the immunology and parasitology of malaria, HIV, TB and helminths made for a uniquely different course not usually accessible to African students. Many researchers from University of Glasgow travelled to Malawi to teach on the course and students benefitted from grant writing, careers workshops and had direct access to researchers who have a strong track record in obtaining research grants.

MALBOP course directors from University of Glasgow, Professor Paul Garside, Professor Andy Waters, Professor Matt Marti worked with Malawian colleague Prof Henry Mwandumba to deliver a very successful course.

Paul Garside, one of the course directors and the Institute of infection Immunity and Inflammations Global Health lead, said: "Thanks to the excellent efforts of colleagues in Glasgow and College of Medicine in Malawi the course has been a great success again this year. Not only has it provided a fantastic educational opportunity, but by bringing together young scientists from ten different African countries it has fostered the friendships and connections that will be important throughout their scientific careers”.

Iain McInnes, Director of Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, who attended and taught on the course commented: “MALBOP is a unique force for educational good in sub-Sahara Africa with real possibilities to create the critical capacity that is so vital for research in the region to progress. The provision of world class teachers, and the very obvious commitment and enthusiasm of the scholars, created a compelling atmosphere of enquiry. I am very grateful to my academic colleagues in Glasgow, the College of Medicine in Malawi and the MLW for their unstinting efforts in this remarkable cause.”