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Dorothy Temple Cross Skills, Training and Development Awards 2023

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Various

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Live

Amount awarded

£61,857.00

Last updated

07/05/24

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The Dorothy Temple Cross Skills, Training and Development Awards are designed to support Tuberculosis (TB) researchers we have previously funded.

We have made 13 of these awards in 2023, which are designed to provide training and enhance development of skills for awardees in this field.

The Medical Research Foundation’s Dorothy Temple Cross (DTC) Skills, Training and Development Awards (STDAs) have been made available to previously funded DTC award holders.

What are the original Dorothy Temple Cross Awards?

The original DTC grants aimed to support new collaborative projects between mid-career TB researchers in Africa and the UK. Find out more

The Skills, Training and Development Awards

Our STDAs provide the funded researchers with the opportunity to develop skills and training in their field and enhance their career development. In particular, these awards include a number of knowledge exchange visits and partnership building.

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2023 Awardees:

Dr Esto Bahizire and Dr Naomi Walker Dr Esto Bahizire and Dr Naomi Walker

Dr Esto Bahizire proposes to use the funding for a knowledge exchange and networking visit to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) alongside their DTC partner, Dr Naomi Walker. This will further their knowledge of pathogen genomics and establish relationships with academics at KEMRI.

Read about their DTC project

Dr Celso Khosa and Dr Tom Wingfield Dr Celso Khosa and Dr Tom Wingfield

Dr Celso Khosa and Dr Tom Wingfield will attend the McGill Tuberculosis Summer school which is a training course in applied epidemiological statistics course in R software and an international TB conference. The Medical Research Foundation funding will support the consolidation of an already established research partnership.

Read about their DTC project

Dr Robert Krause and Professor Paul Elkington Dr Robert Krause and Professor Paul Elkington

Dr Robert Krause plans to visit the lab of their DTC partner, Professor Paul Elkington, to carry out training in single cell RNA sequencing, followed by data analysis support from Professor Elkington. Professor Elkington will also visit African Health Research Institute where Dr Krause is based. During this visit, Professor Elkington plans to further develop the collaboration with Dr Krause, mentor PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs) based at AHRI, share technical expertise, and develop new collaborations with other academics.

Read about their DTC project

Dr Tariq Ganief and Dr Karl Burges Dr Tariq Ganief and Dr Karl Burges

Dr Tariq Ganief plans to send a PhD student from his lab to Dr Karl Burges’ lab to be trained in targeted metabolomics in order to generate novel data and transfer skills to Dr Ganief’s lab as well as strengthening the existing collaboration. Dr Karl Burges will visit the University of Cape Town, where Dr Ganief is based, to collect and work on clinical metadata, metabolomics and proteomics data.

Read about their DTC project

Dr Elizabeth V. M. Kigondu and Dr Paul Race Dr Elizabeth V. M. Kigondu and Dr Paul Race

Dr Elizabeth V. M. Kigondu also plans to send a PhD student to their DTC partner's (Dr Paul Race's) lab carry out additional data collection on natural product compounds.

Read about their DTC project

Dr Jacqueline Cliff and Dr Fatoumatta Darboe Dr Jacqueline Cliff and Dr Fatoumatta Darboe

This funding will foster new collaborations as Dr Jacqueline Cliff plans to visit The MRC Unit the Gambia to foster a new collaboration with Dr Fatoumatta Darboe. Dr Cliff will provide training in flow-cytometry and in return receive training in gene expression models and analysis. The application also includes plans support the set-up of a cell-based model in their new lab as well as attendance at an international TB conference.

Read about their DTC project

Dr Esin Nkereuwem Dr Esin Nkereuwem

Networking opportunities within this field will also be made available due to this funding as Dr Esin Nkereuwem will attend an international conference as well as purchase a new spirometer and associated laptop, plus attendance to spirometry refresher training.

Read about Esin's project

Dr Mina Mehanny Dr Mina Mehanny

Dr Mina Mehanny will also attend an attend international conference on pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics and pharmaceutical Technology which would provide important networking and learning opportunities.

Read about Mina's DTC project

Dr Robindra Basu Roy Dr Robindra Basu Roy

A novel use of the funding is proposed by Dr Robindra Basu Roy who plans to attend biostatistics clinical trial design courses. This has the potential to significantly impact his career as he makes his next career step into translational medicine.

What are the Dorothy Temple Cross Awards?

  • The Dorothy Temple Cross Fund was originally set up by Florence Temple Cross in 1929, the widow of Horatio Robert Odo Cross, Surgeon General of the Royal Grenadier Guards.

    The fund is named after Florence’s daughter, Dorothy, who died in the 1920s from TB. The donation to the Medical Research Council (MRC) was intended to support Fellows undertaking research or teaching in TB overseas, and aimed to encourage improvement in the methods for preventing and treating TB.