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COVID-19: Vaccine development and therapeutic strategies

Deepak Kumar Sinha

While over a million people worldwide are now confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, we do not yet have an empirical cure or a vaccine for this potentially fatal disease. In this article, Deepak Kumar Sinha, Professor at Institute of Biological Sciences, SAGE University, Indore, discusses some of the approaches being taken by researchers around the world to come up with treatment strategies and vaccines for COVID-19.


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Going the distance to slow the COVID-19 outbreak

Vijeta Raghuram

A 3-week long nationwide lockdown is an unprecedented experience for most Indians. Recent scientific studies, including one where researchers carried out large-scale mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, provide insight into why such extreme measures are imperative in current times.



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How maths helps us battle the spread of infectious diseases

Susheela Srinivas

Contrary to popular belief, mathematics can be an important ally in our battle against pandemics. Here, we discuss some of the early mathematical models of disease transmission, as well as more modern versions that rely on computer-based simulations and factor in complex parameters. Insights gained from such approaches can be used to inform policy decisions related to novel diseases like COVID-19.

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IndiaBiostreams: Webinar on EMBO Schemes for Young Investigators

As research is progressively occurring in the international arena, India is keen to align with international funding agencies that reflect this shift. This has opened the doors for Indian researchers, working in the field of life sciences, to a large number of international funding schemes.

IndiaBiostreams and Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance presents a webinar series on International Research, Training and Mobility Grants Awareness Session to discuss these. We begin this series with a look at the EMBO funding schemes open to Indian life science researchers.

Join us for an informational session on EMBO schemes open to Young Investigators from India featuring an introduction by Shahid Jameel (CEO, Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance), presentations from EMBO- Bettina Trueb (Senior Project Coordinator) and Gerlind Wallon (Deputy Director)- and personal insights from an EMBO Young Investigator- Minhaj Sirajuddin (PI, InStem). The topics discussed will include eligibility, benefits, themes and mentorship opportunities of these schemes. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 18, 3 - 4 PM IST | Register here
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Resources

  • FA Qs

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    We requested Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University, Sonipat and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, to answer some of the most common questions about COVID-19 and clear up some misconceptions.

  • Images Infographics

    Images and Infographics

    "A picture is worth a thousand words" - This section compiles some infographics with instructions on how to prepare your workplace for COVID-19, how to practice social distancing, Do's and Don'ts and more.

  • Data

    Data and Dashboards

    Numbers can tell us a lot about the status and potential spread of an infection. We have linked here the dashboards created by a few organizations to track and analyse data related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as sites aggregating information on various aspects of the disease.