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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.
The ISTM has devoted special funding for research in resource-limited countries and emerging markets for the again this year. This funding is in addition to the annual research grant program already in place. The society is offering this additional research grant opportunity to address research gaps in our knowledge on health issues related to international travelers crossing borders between developing countries or from developing countries to developed countries. 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
The Research and Awards Committee wishes to announce the winning projects for the 2015-2016 Research Awards:
- Inhaled Budesonide for Altitude Illness Prevention. Dr. Christopher Davis, United States, Principal Investigator.
- Persistence of neutralizing antibodies after immunization against Yellow Fever (YF) in HIV-infected patients. Dr. Charlotte Martin, Belgium, Principal Investigator.
- 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 has also devoted special funding for Zika Research. Congratulations to the 2016 Zika Research Award Winner:
Persistence of Zika Virus in Semen After Acute Symptomatic Infection: a European clinical and laboratory observational prospective cohort study. Dr. Denis Malvy and Dr. Matthieu Mechain, France, Principal Investigators.
2014-2015 Research Awards
Four proposals were able to be funded:
- Economics, knowledge, attitudes and practices of West African bushmeat in Minnesota and in VFR travelers.
Dr. Jonathan D. Alpern, United States, Principal Investigator
- 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
- Development and validation of a novel molecular schistosomiasis viability assay for assessment of treatment success.
Dr. Mirjam Schunk, Germany, Principal Investigator
- ELDEST-study: morbidity in elderly travelers during a short-term stay abroad, a prospective cohort study.
Jessica Vlot, Netherlands, Principal Investigator
2013-2014 Research Award Winners
The winning projects for the 2013-2014 Research Awards. Three proposals were able to be funded:
- 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.
- Yellow fever vaccination under low dose methotrexate therapy - a pilot study.
Dr. Sabine Schmid, Switzerland, Principal Investigator.
- 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.
2012-2013 Research Award Winners
The winning projects for the 2012-2013 Research Awards. Four proposals were able to be funded:
- 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
- Flaviviruses, Alphaviruses and Phleboviruses as etiological agents of febrile syndrome in travellers.
Mr. Joaquim Gascón, Spain, Principal Investigator
- Illness and injury to long-term aide workers to developing countries.
Dr. Jenny Visser, New Zealand, Principal Investigator
- Acute lipid profile changes in malaria patients - a gateway towards novel antimalarial drug class identification?
Dr. Rosanne Willemijn Wieten, Principal Investigator