Research and Awards Committee

Current Members

  • Committee:
    • Chair: Martin Grobusch, The Netherlands
    • Co-Chair: Mary Wilson, United States of America
    • Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
    • Jose Flores, Mexico
    • Katherine Gibney, Australia
    • Stefan Hagmann, United States of America
    • David Hamer, United States of America
    • Emily Jentes, United States of America
    • Eyal Leshem, Israel
    • Sarah McGuinness, Australia
    • Eskild Petersen, Oman/Denmark
    • Kyle Petersen, United States of America
    • Mark Riddle, United States of America
    • Mirella Salvatore, United States of America
    • Dawd Siraj, United States of America
    • Hai-Bo Wang, China
    • Adrienne Willcox, United Kingdom

 

ISTM is pleased to offer Travel Medicine Research Grants to ISTM Members each year. Grants are awarded through a peer-review process implemented by the ISTM Research and Awards Committee. The awards are designed to stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, providing support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data/test hypotheses so that they can then apply to other agencies for more substantive research grants.

Typical awards will be in the range of USD 5,000 to USD 10,000 although a single grant up to USD 40,000 will be considered for exceptional proposals. Detailed information on proposal criteria, as well as application forms, can be provided by the ISTM Secretariat.

The Research and Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017-2018 ISTM Research Awards are now being accepted until 31 January 2018.
 
ISTM offers a number of programs to help support and expand research in travel medicine. Each year, the Society supports research grants for cutting-edge research in the field. This year, the ISTM Executive Board has again increased the funding available for these awards to USD 90,000, and has added some special categories to support the Society Mission and the Presidential Goals.  The 2017-2018 Research Awards that will be granted include funding for:
 

  • proposals from investigators in resource-poor countries,
  • proposals highlighting digital communications,
  • ISTM Interest and Professional Group research; and,
  • general travel medicine projects.
 
It is hoped that these grants will stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, provide support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data or test hypotheses.
 
Award requirements include:
  • Research must be travel medicine or immigrant/refugee health oriented
  • Application and protocol proposal must be scientifically sound and must be in accordance with international ethical guidelines
  • There must be no conflicts of interest for any of the investigators who apply for research funding
  • Grant applicants must be ISTM members in good standing
  • Projects should be able to be realistically completed using ISTM grant funding alone.

Remember - All Research Award proposals must be in the ISTM Secretariat offices at ISTM@ISTM.org no later than 31 January 2018 to be considered.  For detailed information on proposal criteria, as well as the application form, please click here.


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Charter

  • Advertise, solicit, and review applications in order to award annual Research grants.
  • Advertise, solicit, and review applications in order to award biennial CISTM travel grants to developing world nationals for outstanding research abstracts.
  • Track and report on the outcomes of both the research and travel grants.

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Main Achievements

In September of 2011, ISTM Board of Directors renamed the "Travel Awards" to the "Susan L. Stokes Travel Awards" in honor of Susan's selfless years of volunteer service. She was instrumental in the conception and early years of ISTM, working ceaselessly to ensure that the Society would be strong and operationally sound. Those wishing to read more about Susan can do so by reading the July 2011 Issue of NewsShare.

The committee provides moderate grants (USD 5,000 - USD 10,000 maximum) through a peer-reviewed comprehensive process. These grants are designed to stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, providing support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data/test hypotheses so that they can then apply to other agencies for more substantive research grants.

Award recipients are expected to provide updates to the committee chair every 6 months. The research project should be completed within 2 years of money receipt, and published within one year of project completion. All awardees are expected to present their data to the scientific community, and are encouraged to publish their findings in the Journal of Travel Medicine.

 


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2017 Research Award Winners

  1. Measuring neutralizing antibodies against yellow fever virus ten years after intradermal yellow fever vaccination with 1/5th-fractional dose, Anna H.E. Roukens, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator.
  2. Elucidating metagenomic markers of prolonged diarrhoea in returned travellers, Katherine Gibney, Australia, Principal Investigator.
  3. The Association Between the Proportion of Pharmacists Authorized to Administer Injections and the Proportion of Patients Adherent to Multiple-Dose Travel Vaccine Regimens: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis of Administrative Data in Alberta, Canada, Sherilyn Houle, Canada, Principal Investigator.
  4. Do Multiplex Molecular Diagnostics improve outcomes for Travelers in a Resource-poor Setting with Travelers’ Diarrhea and Respiratory Illness?, Prativa Pandey, Nepal, Principal Investigator.
  5. Real-time remote monitoring of malaria chemoprophylaxis adverse events though Smartphone application (Trip App), Natalia Rodriguez Valero, Spain. Principal Investigator.

This year once again the ISTM devoted special funding for research in resource-limited countries and emerging markets for the first time. This funding was in addition to the annual research grant program already in place. We are happy to announce this year’s recipient of this funding.

1. Pathogens Identification and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing on Traveler's Diarrhea Cases in Bali, Indonesia, Arak Agung Sri Agung Aryastuti, Indonesia, Principal Investigator.


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2016 Research Award Winners

1.  Inhaled Budesonide for Altitude Illness Prevention. Dr. Christopher Davis, United States, Principal Investigator.
2.  Persistence of neutralizing antibodies after immunization against Yellow Fever (YF) in HIV-infected patients. Dr. Charlotte Martin, Belgium, Principal Investigator. 
3. Differential Vaccination Requirements of newly arrived Eritrean asylum seekers – an informative sample analysis.Dr. Cornelia Staehelin, Switzerland, Principal Investigator.
 
This year the ISTM devoted special funding for research in resource-limited countries and emerging markets for the first time. This funding was in addition to the annual research grant program already in place. We are happy to announce the first recipient of this funding.
Association of Dengue Serotype-Genotype and Disease Severity in Foreign Travellers Admitted at Kasih Ibu Hospital, Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Dewa Ayu Sri Masyeni, Indonesia, Principal Investigator.

The ISTM also dedicated special funding for Zika Research. The 2016 Zika Research Award Winners are:
Persistence of Zika Virus in Semen After Acute Symptomatic Infection: a European clinical and laboratory observational prospective cohort studyDr. Denis Malvy and Dr. Matthieu Mechain, France, Principal Investigators.To learn more about the current awards submission process, click here
 

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2015 Research Award Winners

The Research and Awards Committee wishes to announce the winning projects for the 2014-2015 Research Awards. Four proposals were able to be funded:

  1. Economics, knowledge, attitudes and practices of West African bushmeat in Minnesota and in VFR travelers. Dr. Jonathan D. Alpern, United States, Principal Investigator
  2. International pediatric travelers: risk perception, incidence of disease and adherence with recommendations at a tertiary care centre based travel clinic. Dr. Shaun K. Morris, Canada, Principal Investigator
  3. Development and validation of a novel molecular schistosomiasis viability assay for assessment of treatment success. Dr. Mirjam Schunk, Germany, Principal Investigator
  4. ELDEST-study: morbidity in elderly travelers during a short-term stay abroad, a prospective cohort study. Ms. Jessica Vlot, Netherlands, Principal Investigator

 


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2014 Research Award Winners

The winning projects for the 2013-2014 Research Awards. Three proposals were able to be funded:

  1. Single visit pre-exposure Rabies vaccination with a new intradermal jet injector: dose finding in healthy adults (R5). Dr. Emile F. F. Jonker, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator.
  2. Yellow fever vaccination under low dose methotrexate therapy - a pilot study. Dr. Sabine Schmid, Switzerland, Principal Investigator.
  3. Immunogenicity of co-administered yellow fever (YF) and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines in pediatric travelers aged 9-15 months from yellow fever non-endemic countries: A pilot study. Dr. Stefan Hagmann, United States of America, Principal Investigator.

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2013 Research Award Winners

The winning projects for the 2012-2013 Research Awards. Four proposals were able to be funded:

  1. Determinants of infectious disease incidence and risk behaviours in Australian travellers visiting friends and relatives – a prospective cohort study. Dr. Bradley Forssman, Australia, Principal Investigator
  2. Flaviviruses, Alphaviruses and Phleboviruses as etiological agents of febrile syndrome in travellers. Mr. Joaquim Gascón, Spain, Principal Investigator
  3. Illness and injury to long-term aide workers to developing countries. Dr. Jenny Visser, New Zealand, Principal Investigator
  4. Acute lipid profile changes in malaria patients - a gateway towards novel antimalarial drug class identification? Dr. Rosanne Willemijn Wieten, Principal Investigator