Funds In Trust 2 (FIT2) is a sabbatical program, which is supported by IP Australia and facilitated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and BVGH. Researchers from targeted low- and middle-income countries travel to WIPO Re:Search research institutions in Australia for three to twelve month sabbaticals in 2017-2018.
Sabbaticals focus on neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis research and product development
FIT2 fellow Dr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) began his sabbatical with Professors Vicky Avery and Kathy Andrews at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD), Griffith University, Australia. Through his sabbatical, Dr. Alam will be gaining new skills towards the discovery and development of compounds targeting different Plasmodium lifecycle stages. In November, Dr. Alam gave a seminar at GRIDD entitled “Current malaria situation in Bangladesh: relevance to new antimalarials.” During his seminar, Dr. Alam discussed about the malaria endemicity, control initiatives, and emergence of artemisinin resistant malaria in Bangladesh.
FIT2 fellow Tahmina Ahmed (right) from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) has begun her sabbatical with Prof. Leann Tilley (middle) and Dr. Natalie Spillman (left) at the University of Melbourne. Tahmina’s project is focused on investigating the antimalarial activities of select inhibitors. From left to right: Dr. Natalie Spillman, Prof. Leann Tilley, and Tahmina Ahmed.