The São Paulo Advanced School on Vaccines aims to provide participants with a critical and comprehensive view of the state of the art in vaccine research.
The program of lectures given by internationally renowned researchers includes research themes for the development of vaccines against pathogens of great importance, such as those causing malaria, AIDS, dengue, zika, and chikungunya.
Importance of the Event
Vaccines are arguably the most important tools for global health. Vaccination reduces disability and death, and saves billions in public health costs by preventing disease. However, the discovery of new vaccines has been very limited. The challenges for the discovery and development of new vaccines will be addressed at the Sao Paulo Advanced School, where a multidisciplinary group of world-renowned scientists will be present. The event will bring together experts from Brazil, United States, Europe, and Asia, along with students from the entire world.
The Sao Paulo Advanced School on Vaccines will select 80 PhD students, post-docs and independent researchers, of which 40 will be international candidates. The selected participants will have the opportunity to present their research in poster sessions and in 10-minute oral presentations.
Activities in the Scientific Programme
The program planned for the São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Vaccines has 11 days of activities. There will be a 1-day technical visit to the campus of the University of São Paulo, including a presentation from FAPESP outlining their financing and grant opportunities for young researchers, and a visit at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FCF-USP) and at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICB-USP). The other ten days of School will be filled with 5 different types of activities:
(1) Lectures: Courses given by the participating professors on topics suggested by the organizing committee.
(2) Plenary lectures: Lectures given by the participating professors presenting their research.
(3) Oral presentations from students: each selected student will have the opportunity to present his/her work in a 10-minute oral presentation. Students are instructed to prioritize submission of unpublished results and work plans.
(4) Poster sessions: there will be two poster sessions, dividing the total number of students into two groups so that the sessions do not have too many posters presented at the same time. Thus, it is expected that about half of the students will be free to visit all the posters in a session. Each poster will be evaluated by at least 3 professors.
(5) Project discussion: students will be divided into eight groups. Each group will receive a topic to work on. The topics will be pathogens/diseases of great challenge for vaccine development. Each group will discuss a complete approach to proposing a project in a 40-minute presentation at the end of the event. The goal is that each group should present a project for vaccine development in a grant application model. It is expected that important aspects for the development of vaccines such as the choice of antigen, adjuvant, route of administration, immunological response, correlates of protection, target population, and production will be addressed. The composition of the groups will respect the same diversity criteria to be used for the selection of students. The proposed topics will be decided after all students are selected.
Six periods of at least 2 hours are scheduled for group discussions. During the discussion periods, professors in attendance will be instructed to visit the groups, encourage discussion, and to be available to the students at any time.
The projects of each group must also be submitted in writing, and the text of the eight projects will be compiled into a single file to be subsequently sent to all participants of the School.