Alinane Munyenyembe, a research intern from the Malaria group, has been awarded an American Association of Immunologists (AAI) International Union of Immunological Societies(IUIS) travel award to attend an Introduction to Immunology course which will take place from 11-16th July 2017 at the University of California, Luskin Conference Centre in the USA.
The Introduction to Immunology course is a comprehensive course which provides an in-depth overview of the basics of immunology and it has clinically-oriented lectures. The aim for providing this course is to introduce basic immunology principles and to strengthen immunology knowledge in scientists either with aspirations to venture into the field of immunology research or to those in related research fields.
Alinane is a medical doctor who graduated from University of Malawi, College of Medicine with a passion to become an Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory Disease research specialist.
“My current project aims to elucidate the clinical profiles of adults presenting with uncomplicated and severe malaria at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi; and I believe correlating clinical and immune profiles to clinical outcomes of malaria infection could provide insights into therapeutic interventions and vaccine development.
“I am very delighted to have received this travel award as it is a prestigious opportunity to learn from other scientists and to interact and network with others at different career levels in the field that I am developing in. This is also my chance to carry the flag of MLW’s Malaria Research Group. I aim to share what I learn from this course with my fellow research interns,” said Alinane.
Alinane is working under the supervision of Dr. Wilson Mandala, who is heading the Malaria Immunology group, an Associate Group in the Malaria Epidemiology Research Group which is led by Dr. Anja Terlouw.