CONNECTED/IITA Vector and Virus Diagnostics Training Course 2019 for Early Career Researchers

CONNECTED/IITA Vector and Virus Diagnostics Training Course 2019 for Early Career Researchers

Deadline: August 18, 2019

Applications for the CONNECTED/IITA Vector and Virus Diagnostics Training Course 2019 are now open. Early career researchers working on plant disease carried by insect vectors are invited to apply for full funding to attend a five-day introductory level vector and virus diagnostics course in Ibadan, Nigeria, in November 2019.

The course is being run by CONNECTED in association with The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Newcastle University, and The Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK. ‘The application of molecular diagnostics for plant virus surveillance’ will run at IITA in Ibadan from November 4-8, 2019.

The course will include an introduction to DNA barcoding and an isothermal amplification masterclass, practical sessions will include:

  • DNA extraction on plants and insects
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Gel Electrophoresis and sample preparation for sequencing
  • Sequence analysis
  • Loop mediated AMPlification (LAMP) and Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA)
  • PCR/LAMP primer design.

In between practical sessions, there will be lecture input on diagnostic techniques, validation, quality assurance, troubleshooting, and local issues such as reagent purchasing, storage and waste disposal.

Funding

  • The partnership arrangement will fully fund travel, accommodation, subsistence and all training costs for up to 20 successful applicants.

Eligibility

  • All CONNECTED network members who are early career researchers are eligible to apply, with preference given to those based in countries in the OECD DAC list.

Application

To apply, download and submit your application form and associated documents by midnight on August 18 to the [email protected]

For more information, visit IITA Training Course.

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