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Congratulations to the following grant recipients who will receive funding from ISID to carry out research projects in infectious diseases:

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ISID SSI/ISID Fellowships (Swiss Society for Infectiology / ISID) Research Fellowship Porgram
Fall 2005 Awardees
  • Nobre Vandack
    Internal Medicine Division, Medical School, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Dr. Vandack will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland
Fall 2004 Awardees
  • Marina Djordjevic
    Infectious Diseases Clinic, Clinical Care Center, University of Nis, Serbia & Montenegro
    Dr. Djordjevic will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Alina Martynova
    Vladivostok Medical University, Russia
    Dr. Martynova will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Bern, Switzerland.
Fall 2002 Awardees
  • Dr. Andres Pascual, MD
    Fundacion Centro de Estudios Infectologicos, Buenos Aries, Argentina
    Dr. Pascual will conduct his research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Dongmi Li, MD, MSc
    The Clinical Laboratory of Shantou Central Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
    Dr. Li will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Chaiwat Ungsedhapand, MD
    HIV-NAT, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
    Dr. Ungdedhapand will conduct his research with scientists from the Infectious Diseases Divisions in Basel, Switzerland.
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ISID Small Grants
Fall 2006 Awardees
  • Ragupathy Viswanath
    Department of Experimental Medicine, Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, India
    Project: Divergent HIV strains circulating among the Intravenous Drug Users (IDU) in South India
  • Leonardo Nimrichter
    Laboratório de Estudos Integrados em Bioquímica Microbiana Instituto de Microbiologia - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Project: Plant defenses against fungal pathogens
  • Adedayo Adeyemi
    Healthmatch International, Nigeria
    Project: Antiretroviral therapy use, clinical and virologic outcomes for a cohort of HIV–infected Adults in Mainland General Hospital, Lagos Nigeria
Spring 2006 Awardees
  • Zeinab Hassan
    The Hashemite University, Jordan
    Project: Reporting rate of occupational injuries and exposure to blood borne infections among Jordanian healthcare workers: A descriptive study
  • Khaled Mustafa Swaileh
    Biology & Biochemistry Dept. Bireit University, Palestinian Territories
    Project: Microbial health risks associated with consumption of untreated water from household roof catchment systems
  • Ines Badano
    Laboraorio de Biiologia Molecular Aplicada Facultad de siencias exactas Quimicas Y Naturales, Universidad nacional de Misiones, Argentina
    Project: TNF-alpha promoter Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cervical infection in Guarani Indian women inhabiting the rainforest of Misiones, Argentina
Fall 2005 Awardees
  • Paul Bessong
    Department of Microbioloy, University of Venda, South Africa
    Project: Drug resistance in HIV-1 Subtype C
  • Luis Brieba de Castro
    Department of Biochemistry, CINVESTAV, Mexico
    Project: Structural studies of the EhCP112 cysteine Proteease from Entamoeba histolytica
  • Azure Tariro Makadzange
    University of Zimbabwe School of Health Sciences, Zimbabwe
    Project: The appropriate management of cryptococcal meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa: A study of immediate vs. deferred anti-retroviral therapy in the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis with long term follow up to determine when it is safe to discontinue secondary prophylaxis against cryptococcal meningitis
Spring 2005 Awardees
  • Svetlana Ermolaeva
    Gameleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia
    Project: Releasing of membrane-anchored proteins and its role in Listeria monotogenes virulence
  • Maria Ines Gismondi
    Laboratory of Virology, Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital, Argentina
    Project: Apoptosis markers related to pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus infection in pediatric patients
  • Vivian Kawai
    Viomedical Research Unit, Asociacion Benefica PRISMA, Peru
    Project:Community-based epidemiologic study of Chagas’ disease in Arequipa, Peru

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Fall 2004 Awardees
  • Gabriella Gago
    Instituto de Biologia Celular y Molecular de Rosario, Departmento de Microbiologia, Argentina
    Project: Molecular, genetic and biochemical characterization of Acyl-CoA carboxylase complexes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: finding new drug targets for treating mycobacterial diseases
  • Hasan Bin Hamza
    Department of Family Medicine, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
    Project: Hepatitis survey in adults of Jam Kandah, Landhi District, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Maria Papathanasopoulos
    Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa
    Project: Nonprogressive HIV-1 subtype C infection - viral determinants
Spring 2004 Awardees
  • Samie Amidou
    Department of Microbiology, University of Venda for Science and Technology
    Project:Molecular epidemiology of Entamoeba histolytica in the Venda region of South Africa, and anti-amebic activities of local medicinal plants
  • Aleem Khan
    The Meccan Medical College and Allied Hospitals
    Project: Molecular genotyping of Helicobacter pylori strains associated with gastric and duodenal ulcers using whole genome fingerprinting: Andhra Pradesh, South India
  • Cesar Henriquez Camacho
    Instituto Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana
    Project:Immune response in BALB/c mice to Bartonella bacilliformis infection

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Fall 2003 Awardees
  • Markotic, Alemka
    Institute of Immunology, Zagreg, Croatia
    Project: Mechanisms of apoptosis in 293HEK cells infected with hantaviruses
  • Rodero, Laura Liliana
    Departamento Micologia, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project: Amino Acid Substitutions of 14 alfa demethylase (ERG11) in Fluconazole Resistant Cryptococcus neoformans clinical isolates
  • Singh, Mayengbam Pramotchand
    Green Foundation, Imphal, India
    Project: Situation and response assessment among sex workers in Manipur, 2003-04
Spring 2003 Awardees
  • Liu, Hongjie
    Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Project: A pilot study of HIV counseling to increase willingness to receive premarital HIV testing among marriage license applicants in a rural area of China
  • Nunez, Regina Sara
    Institute of Tropical Medicine, Lima, Peru
    Project: Recombinant Cysteine Proteinase B (rCPB) of Leishmania braziliensis as a vaccine candidate: immunoprotective evaluation in hamster as experimental model
  • Leangaramgul, Preecha & Sapsutthipas, Sompong & Virunchaichot, Kraiwut
    Medical Biotechnology Center (MBC), Nonthaburi, Thailand
    Project: The neutralizing activity of the prime-boost regimen with rBCG-E12 and rDIs-E12 candidate vaccine
  • Karugi, Andrew Karani
    International Center for Reproductive Health Research Lab, Coast Provincial General Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya
    Project: Cytology in the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosisis
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Fall 2002 Small Grant Awardees
  • Silvia Graciela Correa, PhD
    Immunologia, Departamento de Bioquimica Clinica, Facultad de dCiencias Quimicas. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba
    Project: Study of the mechanisms of weight loss, anorexia and hepatic injury in Candida albicans infection under stress conditions
  • John G. Ayisi, MSc (PhD pending)
    Centre for Vector Biology & Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: An evaluation of the effectiveness of intermittent preventative treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for malaria in pregnancy in Kenya
  • Alex K. Owusu-Ofori, MBChB
    Department of Child Health and Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
    Project: The epidemiology and prevention of blood borne pathogen exposure among health care workers in Ghana

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Spring 2002 Small Grant Awardees
  • Ms. Dao-Yu Chao, MS
    Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
    Project: A family study for searching genetic changes of dengue virus serotype 3 in Taiwan

  • Mr. Simon Kamau Kariuki, MPhil
    Kenya Medical Research Institute / Center for Vector Biology and Control Research (KEMRI/CVBCR), Kenya
    Project: Effects of permethrin-treated bednets on acquisition of antibodies Plasmodium falciparum variant surface antigens (VSAs) in pregnant women in an area of perennial malaria transmission in western Kenya
  • Dr. Pablo Cesar Baldi, PhD
    Instituto de Estudios de la Inmunidad Humoral, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project: Characterization of virulence factors secreted by Brucella species: amino acid sequences, triggering stimuli, cellular effects and recognition by the immune system of the host
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Fall 2001 Small Grant Awardees
  • Marina Chiappero
    Faculty of Physical and Natural Sciences, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
    Project: Isolation of microsatellite loci for population genetic studies of the natural reservoir Junin virus, Calomys musculinus.
  • Nicolass Gey van Pittius
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
    Project: A molecular and epidemiological investigation into the factors contributing to the prevalence of re-infection and the paucity of dual infections in a community with a high incidence of tuberculosis.
  • Grace Gbotosho
    College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
    Project: Identification of candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in plasmodium falciparum isolates (R) showing false negative results using the Parasight - F dipstick.
Spring 2001 Small Grant Awardees
  • Niyaz Ahmed
    Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India
    Project: Automated sequencing, functional analysis and comparative genomics of selected AFLP markers from Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in India.
  • Silvia Viviana Nates
    Institute of Virology, University of Cordoba, Argentina
    Project: Picobirnavirus molecular biology: diagnosis and genomic characterization of strains circulating in Argentina.
  • Milena Panteva
    Virology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India
    Project: Study of the immunogenicity of DNA vaccines encoding the Gepatitis E Virus major capsid protein.
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Fall 2000 Small Grant Awardees
  • Willy K. Tonui
    Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Evaluation of Leishmania donovani derived Lipophosphoglycan as a candidate vaccine against Viceral Leishmaniasis in Murine Models.
  • Thanh Hoa Le
    Molecular Parasitology Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
    Project: Molecular-based diagnosis and taxonomic studies on common parasitic disease caused by Paragonimus, Clonorchis/Opisthorchi, Fasciola and Schistoma in Vietnam using mitochondrial sequences as genetic markers.
  • Carmen Castillo
    Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas, Colombia
    Project: Screening for malaria in blood donors from Cali, Colombia. A comparison of PCR and IgG and IgG Elisa.
Spring 2000 Small Grant Awardees
  • Niyaz Ahmed
    Centre of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnosis, India
    Project: High resolution digital fingerprinting and development of an epidemiological database of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Eunita Ohas
    Center for Vctor Biology and Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Glycophorin phenotype distribution and prevalence of glycophorin A independent Plasmodium falciparum parasites in Kombewa, Western Kenya.
  • Ariel Quintana
    Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Pedro Kouri” Cuba
    Project: Isolation, identification and characterization of the Cuban Hepatitis E virus strain.
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Fall 1999 Small Grant Awardees
  • Daniela Centron
    Department of Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project: Epidemiological Studies of Vibrio cholerae (1992-1999) isolates in Argentina.
  • Marjan Mohammadi
    Biotechnology Department, Pasteur Institute of Iran
    Project: Screening Iranian H. pylori isolates for cytotoxin (vacA) and its associated gene product (cagA)
Spring 1999 Small Grant Awardees
  • Blanca Ines Restropo
    Corporación para Investigaciones Biológicas, Colombia
    Project: Development of an immunoassay for neurocysticercosis: Phase II - Characterization of diagnostic epitopes.
  • Oleg Alexeyev
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Clinics of Samara State Medical University, Russia
    Project: Hantavirus infection in men and rodents in the Samara region, European Russia.
  • Willy Tonui
    Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Evaluation of Leishmania donovani derived lipophosphoglycan as a candidate vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis in murine models.
Fall 1998 Small Grant Awardees
  • Gladys Aleman
    US Army Medical Research Unit, Kenya
    Project: Comparative study of the Kirby Bauer Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing vs. a Modified Stokes Method using the Mastring-S Multidisks.
  • Rebeka Angoni
    Institute of Public Health, Albania
    Project: Hepatitis C among chronic and polytransfused patients in Albania.
  • Sam Kariuki
    Centre for Microbiology Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute
    Project: Prevalence of resistance to b-lactam antibiotics among clinical isolates of gram negative bacteria.
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ISID Scientific Exchange Fellowships
2005 Awardees
  • Maria Eugenia Alvarez
    Department of Immunology, Hematologic Research Institute, National Academy of Medicine, Argentina
    Project: Characterization of host response during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection by gene expresson profiling
    Ms. Alvarez will conduct her research in collaboration with the TB Center of the Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey, USA.
  • Varsha Atul Potdar
    Department of Retrovirology, National Institute of Virology, Pune, India
    Project:
    Application of sensitive methodologies for detection of transmitted HIV drug resistance
    Dr. Potdar will conduct his research in collaboration with the Centers for Infection, Heatlh Protection Agency, London, England
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2004 Awardees
  • Ikechukwu Okoli
    Department of Applied Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
    Project: Molecular characterization of virulence factors of five isolates of Cryptotrichosporon anacardiense (CBS 9549, CBS 9550, CBS 9551, CBS 9552 and CBS 9553), a new basidiomyceteous yeast genus from Nigeria
    Dr. Okoli will conduct his research in collaboration with Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA.
  • Fuad Mirzayev
    Project: Development of the strategy and elaboration of the detailed project for treatment of patients with Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the specific context of Azerbaijan
    Dr. Mirzayev will conduct his research in collaboration with Partners in Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
2003 ISID Fellowship Awardees
  • Adesida, Sola
    The Public Health Research Institute, Newark, New Jersey, USA
    Project: Molecular epidemiology of Nigerian strains of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus
2002 ISID Fellowship Awardees
  • Dr. Dhrubaa Ghosh, PhD, MSc
    Department of Microbiology, Virology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
    Project: Production of antibodies to recombinant G proteins of Indian isolates of RSV for detection and characterization of viruses

    Dr. Ghosh will conduct her research in collaboration with scientists at the Department of Pediatrics/Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
2001 ISID Fellowship Awardees
  • Marco Canales, Peru
    Project: Technology transfer for parasitic disease diagnostics
    This research was done at the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Mariana Gisela Bego, Argentina
    Project: Development of recombinant hantavirus antigens for serologic diagnosis with homologous serotype
    Ms. Bego did her research at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA
2000 ISID Fellowship Awardees
  • David Kateete, Uganda
    Project: Investigation of T. Burcei prenylated protein methyltransferase (PPMTase) as a potential therapeutic target
    Dr. Kateete’s research was conducted at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Salih Gosoglu, Turkey
    Project: Molecular epidemiology of invasive Salmonella typhi in Southeast Turkey
    Dr. Gosoglu conducted this research at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
  • Sanaa Kamal, Egypt
    Project: Specific cellular responses and cytokine patterns in patients with acute Hepatitis C virus co-infected with Schistosomiasis: Correlation to outcome of infection
    Dr. Kamal worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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1999 ISID Fellowship Awardee
  • Papa Gallo Sow, Senegal
    Project: HIV screening, testing clinic
    Dr. Sow’s research was done at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center, New Jersey, USA
1998 ISID Fellowship Awardees
  • Branca Bedenic, Croatia
    Project: Biochemical and genetic characterization of extended spectrum beta-lactamesis from Zagreb, Croatia
    Dr. Bedenic worked at The University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Pauline Mwinzi, Kenya
    Project: Effect of Schistosomiasis and HIV co-infection on cellular and humoral responses to HIV and schistosomal crude and recombinant antigens
    This project was carried out at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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