Call for ADITEC training module in adjuvants and vaccine formulation

Calls, Courses

Partners of the ADITEC consortium are presenting a module of two courses in adjuvants and vaccine formulation. The two courses will take place in September 2013 at the Vaccine Formulation Laboratory at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

The theoretical course: “Adjuvants and Vaccine formulation” will run from 9-13 September 2013. This 5-day course will focus on the different vaccine adjuvant systems and will give an overview on best practices in formulation of adjuvanted vaccines. In addition, background information on the immune system and process development, characterization, quality control and preclinical development of adjuvanted vaccines will be covered. The course will be open for up to 12 participants.

Topics:
•    Keynote lecture: Vaccines and adjuvants
•    Process development of adjuvanted vaccines
•    Adjuvant know-how: a global perspective
•    Overview on Adjuvant Systems
•    Regulatory aspects
•    Aluminum salts
•    Water-in-Oil emulsions
•    Oil-in-Water emulsions
•    TLR agonists
•    Liposomes
•    Virosomes
•    Other adjuvants
•    Immunogenicity readout
•    Safety aspects
•    Case studies

The practical course: “Adjuvants and Vaccine formulation” will be held from 17-20 September 2013. This intensive 4-day course provides practical demonstrations and hands-on training of formulation techniques, assays for characterization and quality control of adjuvanted vaccines. The course will be open for a maximum of 6 participants. Only candidates that have participated in course number 1 are eligible to participate in course number 2.

Topics:
•    Aluminum salts
•    Water-in-Oil emulsions
•    Oil-in-Water emulsions
•    Liposomes
•    Antigen integrity

Eligibility criteria: These courses are open for both members of the ADITEC project, and for non-members. Candidates working in the EU or associated member states are eligible to apply. They should have a BSc or MSc, or have demonstrable vaccine-related research experience.

Registration fees and costs: Participants’ course registration fees and hotel accommodation at Hôtel L’Union will be covered by the ADITEC project (reservations must be made through the course organizers). All other costs are the responsibility of the participant or their employer.

Application procedure: Applicants must use the application form, which can be downloaded here. Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically to Lynn Zimmerman AND Laura Pacciarini using subject line “Adjuvant Formulation Course Application”. Applications can be submitted any time from now and must be successfully received by ADITEC no later than 30 June 2013 at 5pm GMT.

Evaluation and selection of candidates will be performed by the ADITEC Training Steering Committee. Candidates will be informed about the outcome of their application latest by 10 August 2013.

For more information on the course contact Dr. Maria Lawrenz