Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2022: Calling Early Career Scholars!

Again this year, the Odile Bain Memorial Prize calls for outstanding early-career scientists who have made significant contributions to research in the fields of medical and veterinary parasitology. The submission ends at the end of February!

Odile Bain (1939-2012) was an inspiring woman scientist who always supported young parasitologists and encouraged fruitful collaborations between basic and applied biologists, veterinarians, physicians and parasitologists around the world. The award honors her memory and aims to perpetuate Odile’s spirit of cooperation and support for early career scientists.

Everyone who had the chance to meet Odile, even just once, knows how passionate she was about research and parasitology… She was a fantastic naturalist, always full of wonder.

“The main objective of Odile’s activity”, said Professor Domenico Otranto during the last awards ceremony at the conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), “was the study of the evolution, systematics and biology of filaroids of veterinary and medical interest, and the relationship of these worms to other groups of nematodes.These studies led Odile to explore many aspects of the biology of the vectors responsible for the transmission of these parasites and the interaction with the vertebrate host.His research has had a considerable impact on current knowledge of filariasis, chemotherapy, immunology and many other aspects. of Parasitology, and therefore this award was created to celebrate his outstanding contributions to medical and veterinary parasitology.”

“Everyone who had the chance to meet Odile, if only once,” said Mireille Killic Kendrick, one of Odile’s best friends, in a video message broadcast during the 2021 OBMP ceremony. , “know how wonderfully passionate she was about research and parasitology. She was deeply dedicated to it. She was also a fantastic naturalist, always full of wonder… She was also a very happy person… particularly generous with those who needed help. For me, she had been for many decades a close, exceptional friend, the kind that people rarely find in their lifetime.

The OBMP 2022, which is in its ninth edition, is launching a call for applications. The eligibility criteria for applicants are to be 40 years old or younger (on October 16 of the year of the award) and to have obtained their doctorate within the last 5 years.

The Award Committee will evaluate nominations for their significant and important contributions to the study of parasites or vectors of medical or veterinary importance, reflecting the personal research of Odile Bain.

When considering submitting your entry, you may want to check out other blog posts celebrating winners from past years – the full list can be found on the Awards page on the Parasites and vectors website.

If you are an early career scientist in the relevant research fields, do not miss the opportunity to apply – but hurry, the deadline for submission is February 28, 2022!

All information about the OBMP can be found on the Pricing page.

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