The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Rochester Regional Health (RRH) have begun a new clinical trial that will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is currently approved for a two-dose regimen. This study represents an important step in the development of long-term vaccination strategies to protect against circulating and emerging variants of the virus.
“While widespread vaccination is the key to moving past the current health crisis, COVID-19 has the potential to become a seasonal and mutating virus,” said Ed Walsh, M.D., and infectious disease specialist at URMC. “This study will help us understand important questions about the safety and immunogenicity of multiple doses of an mRNA vaccine, information that could ultimately enable us to extend the protection of vaccines and develop tailor-made, variant-specific boosters.”
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities’ Nourished Child project asked how they could adapt their research methodology during the pandemic in a way that not only answered their original research questions but could also capture how the pandemic was affecting the nutrition of women and children under the age of five.
The team is now using a mix of photography and online messaging technology to continue doing fieldwork during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Worldwide Universities Network recently held the third in its special program series of networking workshops for early career researchers (ECR) on the theme of Developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development. You can learn about the program and watch a replay of the event here.
In the run-up to COP26, Priestly International Centre for Climate at Leeds will run a week of events in April, Connecting Voices for Climate Action.
This webinar, held Tuesday 20 April 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 BST, is part of this initiative and is being organised jointly by the University of Leeds and CCAFS.
Registration for this free online event is now open. Register here
A GPS-enabled fabric map developed by Electrical and Electronic Engineering students from the University of Southampton has been showcased at the UK's leading event for wearable and emerging technologies.
The University of Bergen has been successful with an application to the EU´s COFUND programme. The COFUND grant awarded to the SEAS (Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability ) fellowship programme has a total scope of 16 million EURO.
For the next 5 years, the University of Bergen will hire 37 postdoctoral fellows in different academic disciplines concerned with marine or maritime topics through international recruitment. The candidates will go through a joint career development programme linked to all faculties at the University of Bergen and to partners in business, administration and collaborating research institutions at home and abroad.
Launching on 29 March 2021, Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems is a free online course exploring new research-led strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture and food systems.
Hosted on the FutureLearn platform, the virtual course is designed and facilitated by GCRF-AFRICAP researchers from the University of Leeds, Dr Stephen Whitfield and Dr Harriet Smith. Visit this website for more information and registration.
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