INDVAC Advanced Vaccinology Course in India | September 16-25, 2019

In 2010, the India Vaccinology Course or INDVAC, was implemented as an educational method to address the need for knowledge and research in the field of Vaccinology. Vaccines have been able to transform public health on an international level and have been an ever-present health concern specifically in the Global South. It is imperative for vaccinology professionals and researchers in medicine and science to study a comprehensive science of Vaccinology. This would improve the discourse and successful implementation of vaccines to all communities, including those that do not have appropriate access or information. INDVAC focuses on a regional understanding of vaccines by providing students of the course–professionals in the public health field–to improve their skills through the immunological and epidemiological training. INDVAC follows the framework of the Advanced Vaccinology Course (ADVAC) that is held every year in Annecy, France and also supports Global Health students to learn about innovation in research in regards to vaccinations.


The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Vaccinology, and strengthen the capacity within India in this field. The course will cover aspects of vaccinology, from basic immunology, the process of development of a vaccine, the licensure and regulatory requirements, the process of introducing a new vaccine into a country, vaccine trials, and translation of research into policy.

The course content will largely focus on:

  • Understanding vaccines
  • Vaccine manufacture and introduction into a country
  • Evaluation of the vaccines and other related topics
  • Basic immunology
  • Epidemiology related to infectious diseases
  • Vaccine development
  • Vaccine manufacturers in India
  • Introduction of a vaccine into a country
  • Vaccine trials
  • Adverse events
  • Post-vaccine introduction
  • Immunization overview
  • Newer vaccines & Vaccines against diseases with cell mediated immunity
  • Vaccines for use in 'special' groups
  • Training requirements for personnel involved in research
  • Health economics
  • Ethical issues in research--Clinical research in Dev countries
  • International agencies and their role in vaccine development
  • How to read a journal article
  • Anti-vaccine lobbies


The content of course includes a variety of individual speakers, workshops, and tutorials in subjects essential to a successful fellowship year. Attendance at all events is required.

Computers and Internet

Computers will be available in the CHTC library at an additional charge. You are encouraged to bring your personal laptop for use during orientation. There is Wi-fi access in some areas.

Meeting Attire

Attire is business casual or casual professional throughout the course.Who can apply

Anyone working in the field of Vaccinology with knowledge of biology. The course is aimed at specialists in infectious diseases, microbiologists, virologists, paediatricians, physicians, research nurses, team members of vaccine trials, members of contract (or clinical) research organizations (CRO), vaccine industry professionals
Applications open April 14.
Applications close May 31, 2019.
Selection by June 30, 2019.
Selected candidates will be informed by July 15.

Course Dates
September 16-25, 2019.

INDVAC 2019: Rs.25,000.00
Government Medical Colleges: Rs.10,000.00
NGOs: Rs.10,000.00
Scholarships available.

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