Researchers from low and middle income countries (LMICs) are invited to apply for the fourth round of the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR) Career Development Fellowship (CDF) on clinical research & development (clinical R&D).

Successful candidates will be placed with leading product development institutions, including pharmaceutical companies that are participating in the fellowship programme “host institutions”. The goal is to develop human resources to promote high quality clinical R&D in LMICs. It is expected that qualified professionals will enhance LMICs’ product development capacity on diagnostics, drugs and vaccines for infectious diseases that disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations.

The host institutions will train individuals in situ in order to develop specialized skills not readily taught in academic centres, including R&D project management, regulatory requirements and good health research practices.

On returning to their home institutions, the fellows are expected to become an important resource for institutional capacity development to undertake and manage clinical research in accordance with international regulatory requirements and standards.

All applications must be received by 24th September 2012 at the latest.

For more information on the fellowship and the application process, go to:

Please mail three copies (3) of your project proposal to the following address:

3rd Flr DOST Main Building, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City 1631, Philippines

For more details, contact (63)-2-837-7535.

Grand Challenges Canada, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The World Bank are issuing their second call to global problem solvers for innovative solutions to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development seeks groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

The International Scientific Conference on Clean Energy and Climate Change (ISCCECC 12) slated for 10-14 February, 2012 is the 3rd annual conference focused on understanding the nature of individual and organizational behavior and decision making, and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low carbon economy. It will build on the overwhelming success of previous ISCCECC conferences, at which more than 950 participants discussed successful policy and program strategies, shared important research findings, and built dynamic new networks and collaborations.

The ISCCECC 12 Conference is convened by the Working Group on Climate Change - 81 East London Street, Edinburgh Midlothian, London EH74BQ,UK .Phone: +44 702 406 8488, +44 702 402 0466.

Call for Paper(s): The ISCCECC 12 Organizing Committee requests proposals for presentations from policymakers, businesses, social scientists, researchers, media specialists, marketers, energy experts, program designers, implementers, and evaluators.

We invite proposals for two types of presentations:
1.Oral Presentations (15-20 minute formal presentations and slides)
2.Poster Presentations (informal presentations)

Nanotechnology, which is the study of manipulating matter on atomic and molecular scales, involves developing materials or devices possessing at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers. This field of science has gathered enormous significance in recent years and tremendous advancements have been made with a variety of applications in a range of fields of science and technology, including materials sciences, surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, microfabrication, electronics, energy, medicine, etc. Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices and it possibly holds solutions to world's problems related to water, agriculture, nutrition, health and energy.

For developing countries, nanotechnology provides a new focus for research through its aim to manufacture from the "bottom-up" approach using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products, showing its potentiality in the form of improved water purification systems, energy systems, healthcare, food production and communications, etc. However, nanotechnology has raised some concerns and speculation about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials, and their potential effects on global economics. These issues have led to a debate among advocacy groups and governments on the necessity of special regulation on nanotechnology.

With a view to providing a forum for the academicians, scientists and researchers active in the fields of nano-science and nano-technology to deliberate upon the aforementioned issues and to increase awareness of this field's significance, the Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre), New Delhi, India in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad, Pakistan and the Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia is organizing a 4-days International Workshop on "Nanotechnology in the Edge of Convergence", on November 24-27, 2011 at Selangor, Malaysia. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is among the major sponsors of this scientific event.



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