Message from King’s College London

We are looking for healthy donors aged 18-40 or 55+ that are travelling abroad and require the yellow fever vaccine, and who are willing to donate 4 blood samples over a period of one month prior to travel. This research is to help us to investigate how the immune response changes with age.

We know that the immune response to vaccines is diminished as we get older. We are investigating the B cell response to yellow fever vaccination with age and require both older and younger volunteers for comparison. We would like healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 or those over 55 that are travelling abroad and require the yellow fever vaccine who are willing to give a small amount of blood and receive the vaccine. Three further blood samples would be required, one 7 days later, one 14 days later and one 28 days later. The vaccine is being administered free of charge to those that are participating in the study.

For further details about the study and to volunteer please contact Dr. Joselli Silva O’Hare, Department of Immunobiology, King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital, London SE19RT, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find out more about our research at http://www.bcell.org.uk/volunteer-s-page.html

Would you like to be involved in research?

We are looking for health professionals/clinics in the London area who are involved in administering travel vaccines – in particular the yellow fever vaccine. Clinics would identify suitable patient volunteers, take consent, administer the yellow fever vaccine in isolation and take blood samples before and 7 ,14, 28 days after vaccination. Samples would be collected by courier, tubes and packaging provided. Patient volunteers would have their remaining travel vaccines after the 28 day blood donation.

We are a research group at King’s College London investigating the possible mechanisms behind age-related immune system changes, concentrating on B cell/Antibody responses. The older immune system is not as effective as it is in our younger years. Vaccine responses are poor and susceptibility to infectious disease/cancer/autoimmune disease is increased. We would like to study the older immune response using a vaccine for a pathogen that is non-endemic in the UK in order to look at the primary immune response and for this reason we will be looking at UK travellers who will be having the yellow fever vaccine. We are recruiting volunteers for our study and would be very good to have your help with recruitment and sample collection. Our aim is to recruit individuals in the age range 18 to 40, and (in particular) over 55. Blood samples are taken before vaccination and at 7, 14 and 28 days after vaccine. The vaccine is being administered free of charge to those that are participating in the study. Exclusion criteria include prior vaccination with the yellow fever vaccine, diseases or disorders of the immune system, infection within the last month, medication affecting the immune system. The study has full ethical approval (REC#14/LO/1221) and is funded by the MRC/BBSRC. For further details please contact Dr. Joselli Silva O’Hare, Department of Immunobiology, King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital, London SE19RT, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find out more about our research at http://www.bcell.org.uk/index.html

Themed “Wilderness and mountain medicine: Travel medicine where it happens”, the 11th Asia Pacific Travel Health Conference (APTHC 2016) will be held from 2-5 March 2016 at Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. It will be an excellent platform to meet and dissect new developments and challenges in Travel Health Medicine. The conference will feature a stellar line up of international experts who will share scientific advancements in the field.


Topics include:

  • Travel Medicine at the Limits
  • Globalisation of infections  
  • Animal-related Risks
  • Special traveler groups
  • Global impact of VPDs and Vaccines
  • Malaria in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Microbiome and enteric diseases
  • Regional infections
  • Travel Medicine ABC workshops

 

Attendees will also be able to join new and exciting adjunct activities including a pre-meeting workshop and a post-meeting trek.

 

The International Society of Travel Medicine will be organizing the Certificate of Travel Health® Examination before the conference. This will help improve the standard for travel medicine in our region.

To find out more please go to the following link....

http://apthc2016.com/

 

Do you have any tales to tell from your travel clinic? I bet you have! Please share them with me – it’s for a very good cause.

If we can collect enough they will be produced as a booklet to raise funds for NECTM6 Charity Project. The NECTM6 travel conference will be held in London on 1 to 4 June 2016 and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control is the charity partner – please visit www.nectm.com for more details.

I’m looking for contributions of memorable moments from your travels or travel clinic experience – descriptions and anecdotes of anything funny, ridiculous, extraordinary, alarming or thought-provoking will do. For example, I’ve had to inject through some racy tattoos, advise a traveller who’d stuck himself together with superglue, answer some bizarre questions and had many ‘lost in translation’ moments.

So please will you share yours? Don’t include any patient or colleague identifiable data – no names or addresses, just the story. Travel-related jokes and copyright free photos such as foreign signs which translate hilariously will also be gratefully received. But I would like your name to compile a list of contributors and to say thank you. Please send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you so much! Adrienne Willcox.