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Post-graduate training network for capacity building to control ticks and tick-borne diseases

Objective

In the context of global warming and globalisation, tick and tick-borne diseases (TTBD) are expected to emerge, with an increasing risk for animals and humans. It is imperative therefore to build up training capacities to improve integrated control measures, including the development of efficient and appropriate vaccines. The POSTICK ITN aims to (1) design new effective control strategies for TTBD diseases through understanding the mechanisms of tick-host-pathogen interactions regarding (i) pathogen diversity, survival and transmission, modulation of host immune response and tick survival and (ii) identification of host-pathogen-tick molecules for designing anti-tick vaccine and blocking pathogen transmission; (2) improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers (ESRs), broadening research competences through a strategic training programme consisting of (i) Research Training Packages including 14 individual PhD research projects and (ii) Complementary Training Modules including seminars, workshops, symposiums and a conference, combining the facilities and complementary expertise of 5 universities, 1 research institute and 2 industrial participants from 5 European countries and of 2 associated partners from Brazil and Israel. This ITN will be coordinated by the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany, with a management structure including a steering committee and a supervisory board. The impact of the ITN lies on (i) a complementary research programme covering different areas of tick-pathogen-host interaction, (ii) an innovative training programme of high quality, (iii) improvement of existing collaborations between industry and research centre and universities, (iv) enhancement of the career prospects of ESRs, (v) contributing to European Community policies regarding the promotion of research and technology development, scientific cooperation and capacity building. Taken together, the impact of ITN and the results to be achieved are beyond the state of the art.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health/epidemics prevention/immunisation
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/pharmaceutical drug/vaccines

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)
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Coordinator

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 435 614,21
Administrative Contact
Vera-Maria Holzwarth (Ms.)

Participants (8)

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM BORSTEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 414 539,34
Address
Parkallee 1-40
23845 Borstel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Seitzer (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 437 404,50
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brian Shiels (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 304 278,04
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Fazakerley (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 396 369,96
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jose De La Fuente (Prof.)
Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 425 998,97
Address
Branisovska 31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Libor Grubhoffer (Prof.)
BAYER ANIMAL HEALTH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 207 446,33
Address
Kaiser Wilhlem Allee 50
51373 Leverkusen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandra Lance
MERIAL SAS

Participation ended

France
Address
Avenue Tony Garnier 29
69007 Lyon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederic Beugnet (Dr.)
THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 243 048,65
Address
Ash Road Pirbright
GU24 0NF Woking
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Caroline Head (Dr.)