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Monsoon Brain Meeting 2020: Talking about the brain in the rain

Annapoorna P K

The COVID-19 pandemic has expanded our need for virtual meeting platforms and pushed conference organisers to innovate to ensure that scientific networking continues to flourish in these troubled times. The Monsoon Brain Meeting 2020, held in June 2020, aimed to embrace the virtual format and use it to facilitate discussions on and around neuroscience, as reported here by Annapoorna, one of the attendees of the meeting.

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Controlled human infection models: Promises and concerns for India

Aditi Jain

Traditional vaccine trials rely on large sample populations and natural infection processes. A quicker, cheaper, but riskier method, called Controlled Human Infection Model studies (CHIMs), has also been in practice for some time. In CHIMs, volunteers are deliberately infected with a pathogen to study its effects or to test the efficacy of a vaccine. In this article, Aditi examines the science behind CHIMs and the ethical implications of legalising this method in India, where such trials are presently banned.

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Adversity quotient In the era of the ‘new normal’

Akshatha N S & Divya Prasanna Kumar

Among the COVID-19 pandemic's many consequences is its impact on students and early career researchers all over the country, who have had to face new and challenging adversities, including breaks in experimental work, having to adapt to online education modes, and uncertainty over their future careers. A panel discussion organised by the Department of Biochemistry, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, attempted to address some of these issues.

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A new study explains how the tuberculosis bacteria activates HIV

Joel P. Joseph

Tuberculosis is a common comorbidity in those infected with HIV/AIDS, and the two conditions are known to exacerbate one another. A new study from researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru demonstrates that Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the tuberculosis bacteria, can reactivate dormant HIV within the human body, a process that can potentially be targeted by specific drugs.

Dispatches From IndiaBioscience

iGAP brings to you a webinar on HSFP Research Grants on 17 Sept 2020, 3-4:15 PM IST. Join us for an information session with Almut Kelber (Director of Research Grants, HFSP), Guntram Bauer (Director of Science, Policy and Communications, HFSP), Rashna Bhandari (Group Leader, CDFD and HFSP Awardee), Gautam Menon (Prof. of Biology & Physics, Ashoka University and previous HFSP Review Committee member) and Satyajit Mayor (Centre Director, NCBS and HFSP Awardee). This session will be live-streamed here. For more information and to register --->

Our first podcast in the "International Grants Awareness Program" season is out! Listen to hear from two Marie Skolodowska-Curie Actions Fellows on their experiences and advice here.




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