Intensive Courses

We offer a range of intensive courses. Every year they bring together almost 200 trainees from over 40 different countries.

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Held at the Mérieux Foundation’s Les Pensières Center for Global Health, these courses are delivered by international experts renowned amongst their peers for the excellence of their work, engagement, and teaching skills.

Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC)

The ADVAC course has been running since 1999, organized by the Mérieux Foundation in partnership with the University of Geneva. It provides an overview of the issues facing vaccination, to facilitate local, national, and international decision-making. In addition to vaccines themselves, ADVAC covers the full range of factors that affect vaccination programs: the political, economic, and cultural dynamics.

  • 75 participants each year: decision-makers and scientists
  • Two weeks of training and discussion
  • A dynamic alumni network: over 1,100 people worldwide

The program enjoys the support of a wide range of partners: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Commission, WHO, CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), ESPID (European Society for Pediatric Infectious Disease), ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Fogarty International Center, NIAID/NIH (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/National Institutes of Health) and the NVPO (National Vaccine Programme Office).

Learn more about the 20 years of ADVAC

Download the ADVAC 2020 brochure

Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx)

ACDx is led by Prof. Rosanna Peeling, Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Dr. François-Xavier Babin at the Mérieux Foundation. The Steering Committee is composed of representatives of the following organizations: Institut Pasteur, UNICEF, WHO, The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Africa CDC, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).

Lecturers also include thought leaders and policy-makers from international research centers and organizations such as African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program (DMDP) and Swiss Tropical Institute.

Launched in 2009, ACDx enhances the knowledge and professional network of policy-makers and scientists. The week-long intensive course provides them with an overview of the latest advances in the field of diagnostics.

  • 40 participants per course: policy-makers and scientists
  • One week of training and sharing best practices

For the 9th edition we are grateful to BD, bioMérieux, Micobiomed, CNINE biosolutions, Africa CDC, DTRA, FIND and WHO/TDR, for their support, which contributed to the success of the course and provided scholarships for participants from developing countries.

Learn more and register

Epidemiology in Complex Emergencies

Delivered in partnership with EpiConcept and CORDS, we launched the Epidemiology in Complex Emergencies course in 2017. It is designed to consolidate the knowledge and skills of epidemiologists, better equipping them to handle the complex emergencies caused by infectious disease outbreaks.

  • 25 attendees in 2017
  • One week of training and practical work

The course is sponsored by the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

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