India Alliance Newsletter, July 2018

06 Aug 2018

India Alliance Newsletter, July 2018



Welcome to the July 2018 issue of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India AllianceNewsletter. Please send your comments, suggestions and contributions for these newsletters to

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India Alliance Fellowships

The India Alliance offers funding which covers the full spectrum of biomedical science from fundamental molecular and cellular studies through clinical and public health research for researchers at different stages of their careers. Presently, we are not accepting applications for any of our Fellowship schemes. Check our website for regular updates on our funding schemes.
The India Alliance is pleased to announce Recently Recommended Fellowship Awardees for Early Career and Senior and Intermediate Research Fellowship in Biomedical Research schemes. Interviews for these Fellowships took place in May 2018.
  India Alliance Fellows' Research Highlights 
Dr. Anura Kurpad, Margdarshi Fellow, St. John's Research Institute
A new role for a class of waxy lipids, ceramides, in helping cells engulf solid matter, including pathogens
Dr. Siddhesh Kamat, Intermediate Fellow, IISER Pune 
India Alliance Fellow Spotlight
Interview of Dr. Satish Khurana, IA Intermediate Fellow, at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram. His group works in the area of stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Workshops & events
8th India Alliance Annual Fellows’ Meeting
17-19 May, New Delhi
This annual event of the India Alliance saw the confluence of its Fellows from across different stages of their fellowships and a wide range of research areas. In addition to scientific presentations, the three-day event also covered talks and discussions on mentorship, research management, open research, scientific publishing, collaboration in the sciences, grassroots scientific innovations and research funding programs available for Indian biomedical researchers. 
24-25 September 2018, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi  
This two-day Workshop will provide an interactive platform for young researchers to discuss with their peers and mentors various issues pertaining to science communication and career advancement. Applications for this workshop are now closed. Next one will be announced shortly on our website
Program to engage with young children on Antibiotic Resistance - ongoing
India Alliance in partnership with CCMB, Hyderabad, organised a three-day workshop at Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, Hyderabad from 20-22 June 2018 to sensitise young students about the rising threat of Antibiotic Resistance. These school workshops are part of India Alliance's initiative Superheroes against Superbugs launched in January this year, that aims to engage and partner with the public to tackle the rise of superbugs in India. 
Arting Health for Impact 
Kheti, Khana aur Hum (Farm, Food and Us) - Ongoing
Part of a three-country public engagement project Arting Health for Impact : Kheti, Khana, aur Hum will explore food and nutrition security in India and its intersection with health through facilitated conversations and reflections using traditional Indian Truck Art as a medium of introspection and communication.
Programs & initiatives  

OPINION International Collaboration: A View From India

Shahid Jameel, Chief Executive Officer, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance

Supporting Researchers to Move Internationally: A Profile of Visa Systems of 22 Countries
India Africa Mobility Fund 

The Africa-India Mobility Fund (AIMF) is a two-year programme provide researchers from Africa and India with opportunities for short visits in either direction. Apply now!
India I EMBO Symposia
India Alliance and EMBO are pleased to announce the awards for the India I EMBO Symposia 2019. 

Next call for applications for India I EMBO Symposia will be published on India Alliance website in December 2019.
Guest contribution
Should we rethink the way we evaluate research?
Shreya Ghosh, IndiaBioscience

This article originally appeared on IndiaBioscience, a non-profit initiative engaged in science outreach and communication.
Other announcements 
Registrations are open for the 2018 NIH Regional Seminar in Program Funding and Grants Administration at San Francisco, 17-19th October. For more details, visit