Subject: IIDR eNews - October 30th, 2018

IIDR Newsletter - Issue 22
October 30th, 2018
Memory Immune Cell Provides New Target for Vaccine Development

Researchers from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and McMaster Immunology Research Centre unravel the novel ability of a type of immune cell in the lung to remember past experiences. 

In The News
Introducing the Trainee Day 2018 Event Program! Find out more about this year's keynote speaker, award recipients, poster presenters, and more. 
IIDR PhD student Bushra Ilyas and Dr. Brian Coombes discover covert tactics used by bacteria to trick human immune system.
Researchers within Dr. Tohid Didar's lab design “smart” surfaces, creating promise for safer implants and more accurate diagnostic tests.
Dr. Dawn Bowdish talks about the common misconceptions regarding pneumonia and the the tools that help to keep us healthy - vaccines.
One Week Left to Register for IIDR Trainee Research Day 2018!

Trainee Day, an annual event hosted by the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, has become the ideal forum for recognizing and celebrating the innovative work being done by the Institute’s students and postdoctoral fellows. This year's event will take place on Friday, November 9th, starting at 8:30am in CIBC Hall, Rm. 319. Register today through the IIDR Trainee Day Website.
Call for Research Participants: Dr. Dawn Bowdish’s Lab

Dr. Dawn Bowdish's team at McMaster University is looking for male volunteers over 40 years of age to participate in a research study. The purpose of their study is to investigate how age-related changes in immune responses alter the microbes that live in our nose and mouth (the “microbiome”) and whether this could explain why some older adults get more respiratory infections such as colds, the flu, and pneumonia.
Participants Needed for CIHR-Funded Tuberculosis Booster Vaccine Study

The research team of IIDR's Dr. Fiona Smaill and Dr. Zhou Xing is looking for healthy participants who were born outside of Canada to enroll in their CIHR–supported tuberculosis booster vaccine study. The purpose of this Phase 1, open-label clinical trial is to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of their adenovirus-based tuberculosis vaccine, administered by aerosol. If interested in participating in the study, visit to learn more. Remuneration will be provided for all participants.

CARD Update - October 2018

The Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database has been updated! This recent update focusses on curation of the ATP-binding cassette protein superfamily (ribosomal protection), plus flagging of partial AMR gene sequences throughout CARD and download files (in progress). Additional public release of preliminary Mobilome (MOBIO) and Virulence (VIRO) ontologies at the CARD website and GitHUB. Check out the updates through the CARD website here

Events & Seminars
November ID / IIDR Combined Rounds - Aspergillus Resistance in the Environment and Clinical Isolates in Hamilton: A Cause for Alarm?
Wednesday, November 7th, 8:00am - 9:00am, HSC 1A1, McMaster University
Please join us for November's ID/IIDR Combined Rounds, presented by Dr. Deborah Yamamura (MD, FRCPC) Dr. Eta Ebasi Ashu (PhD). Dr. Yamamura is Head of Bacteriology and Mycology at the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, a Medical Microbiologist & Infectious Disease Physician, and an Associate Professor within the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster. Dr. Ashu is an Epidemiologist with over seven years of academic and practical experience in health research and disease control, and is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow within Dr. Jianping Xu’s Lab in the Department of Biology at McMaster University. 
CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity: Meet-the-Community Event
Wednesday, November 14th, 2:30pm- 5:00pm (Presentations)  & 5:00pm - 6:00pm (Reception)
Farncombe Atrium, HSC 3N (Blue Section), McMaster University

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Infection and Immunity invites you to attend its Meet-the-Community Event. This event will provide the opportunity for the public to engage with members of the Institute of Infection and Immunity Advisory Board, and hear presentations from local researchers including the IIDR's Dr. Matthew Miller, Dr. Gerry Wright, and Dr. Eric Brown, among others. View the event poster here.
Available Positions
Senior Scientific Researcher, Infectious Diseases

Application Deadline: Unspecified

The Infectious Diseases Department at Genentech, based in South San Francisco, CA, is seeking a talented Senior Scientific Researcher to execute projects aimed at discovering novel therapeutics for infectious diseases with high unmet medical need. This is a laboratory-based position with responsibilities that include elucidation of the mechanisms of host-pathogen/microbiome interactions, discovery and validation of candidate targets, evaluation of antimicrobial compounds, and assay development. Learn more here.
Professional Tenure Stream Positions, Global Health Program, Faculty of Health

Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

The Global Health Program in the Faculty of Health at York University invites applications for five professorial tenure stream positions across several areas of global health to commence July 1, 2019. They are seeking faculty interested in contributing to their unique approach to global health that emphasizes equity, governance, policy and innovation. The successful candidates will teach in the interdisciplinary BA/BSc Global Health program, contribute to the development of new Masters and PhD programs in Global Health, and participate in a highly productive and collegial academic community including the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Find out more here. 
Open Rank Faculty Position, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

The Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at CWRU School of Medicine and the Case VA CARES (Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Epidemiology) at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center are currently seeking applications for a 12-calendar month tenure track or tenured position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. The newly created Case VA CARES center has the long-term goal of strengthening and expanding the existing research program targeted at understanding the mechanistic basis of antibiotic resistance. Find out more here
Assistant Professor in Microbiome Function, Biological Sciences

Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2018

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Microbiome Function at the rank of assistant professor. To contribute to a new university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, they seek a Microbiologist who uses molecular techniques and interventions to study the function of host-associated microbiomes in the context of infectious disease. Find out more here
Assistant Professor in Bacteriology / Microbiology

Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

The Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a tenure-track Academic (9-month) faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The department is seeking candidates whose research is at the forefront of any area of microbiology with an emphasis broadly on molecular mechanism in any domain of life. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, extramurally-funded, independent program and to participate in the teaching mission of the Department. The job listing can be found here.
MacDATA Graduate Fellowship

Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2018

The MacDATA Institute at McMaster University will provide support funding for one Graduate Fellow to work on an 8-month multidisciplinary project involving two or more faculties. The aims of the MacDATA Graduate Fellowship Program are to provide trainees with an opportunity to acquire practical and theoretical skills in data science, and to facilitate exchange of expertise and knowledge in data science across faculties. Read the full position posting and apply here
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2018

The Respiratory Infection and Vaccine Group in the Clinical Sciences Department, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine currently has a vacancy for a motivated PDRA immunologist to lead research on immune responses to human pneumococcal carriage and pneumococcal vaccines. The PDRA will champion the development and delivery of research specifically in mucosal immunity and immune aging, in addition to participating in the production and dissemination of research outputs and will train junior scientists in laboratory techniques and data analysis. Find out more here.
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