About the workshop

The aim of the workshop is for British and Brazilian researchers to explore how extracellular vesicles and their content influence normal cells and allow parasitic organisms to function. This is of direct relevance to the population of Brazil, a country that has a disproportionately high rate of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). For example, across the Latin American region more than 90% of the burden of Schistosomiasis, Leishmaniasis and Leptospirosis is in Brazil. This high incidence of NTDs in Brazil contributes to economic problems.

This workshop will cover a range of topics including extracellular vesicle formation and uptake by other cells, biological effects of EVs, extracellular RNA, regulation of life cycle of neglected tropical diseases, their evasion of the immune system and the ways in which parasites use EVs. In addition early career researchers who will also benefit from talks and training sessions from leaders in their research fields, clinicians and industry experts.

We are looking for researchers who are either working in the EV field, the NTD field, or both. It is not a requirement to be already working in both fields, but we ARE aiming to recruit early career researchers who are interested in establishing future cross-disciplinary collaborations and who are also willing to help disseminate the outcomes of the workshop. Attendees will be expected to give an oral presentation and may also present a poster during the workshop.

This workshop stems from a five-year programme launched by the British Council, CNPq and CONFAP /FAPESP. which aims to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.

The "Researcher Links", now co-funded under Newton Fund, provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and Brazil to interact, to learn from each other and to explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. Participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

Newton Fund, through the British Council, will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Participants must have travel and medical insurance.

Dates and venue: May 16-20, 2016 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
UK coordinator: Dr. Dave Carter
Brazil coordinator: Dr Emmanuel Dias-Neto

Application deadline: 19th February 2016

The application form and can be found: here.

For further information please contact Dr Dave Carter or Dr Emmanuel Dias-Neto

Eligibility Criteria:
- Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
- Application must be submitted before the above deadline
- Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD for less than 10 years on the starting date of the workshop.
- Participants must be affiliated to UK or Brazil hospitals, higher education or research institutions at the time of the application.
- Participants should experience in EITHER research relating to extracellular vesicles AND/OR research on neglected tropical diseases, particularly those disease that are endemic in Brazil. - Participants should be willing to give a talk (the suitability of which would be assessed via the submission of an abstract) and engage with the aims of the meeting and the dissemination of its results following the workshop.
- Participants must be available to travel on the selected dates (UK participants will fly out on the 14th of May and fly back on the 21st of May 2016).

Quality Assessment:
- Experience and relevance of the applicant's research area to the workshop
- Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
- Evidence of interest in interdisciplinary collaborations
- Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
- Ability to disseminate workshop's outcomes

Selection Procedure:
- Eligibility check
- Quality assessment
- CV review

Notification of results:
Applicants will be notified by email before March 11th, 2016.

Equal Opportunities
The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief. Participants' selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.