I was selected at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories to take a two week World-class course in Protein Science. Currently I am completing my PhD in development of novel therapheutics to control hemorraghic disease in humans produced by the CCHFV virus. For this purpose I need to specialize in certain techniques in biotechnology. I applied and been accepted to participate in this prestigious Institution, which has been at the heart of many scientific discoveries for the benefit of humanity. I was selected based on my interest to tackling emerging or re-emerging viral diseases and due to my interest in spreading the knowledge gained in Canada and in developing countries worldwide.
But there’s a problem
1.My funding to cover the related expenses are scarce, basically I can not afford it in time. I came from a vulnerable socioeconomic background. Nevertheless my aptitudes, perseverance and scientific advocacy have catapulted me to complete my graduate studies in Canada
2. From scientific standpoint, in order to isolate all the antibodies? derived from patients who have survived to this viral disease, I need to recreate in a SAFE WAY, part of the outside structure of the virus (specifically to produce recombinant glycoproteins). But sometimes these virus molecules are hard to produce or too little is know in the scientific community
This is what I am doing:
1. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories are a non-for profit institution that offer annually one of the most renowned practical courses in Biological Sciences. Based on my interest to create a biotechnological platform that helps to recreate proteins from emerging viral diseases that can be used as tool by the scientific community in the battle to erradicate such diseases in humans. I have applied for the course "Expression and purification of protein and protein complexes", and was accepted after CSHL became very interested in my scientific goals.
2. Cold Spring Harbor offered me a scholarship from Howard Hughes Foundation to cover 20 % of my total expenses (Thanks a lot HHF!!!).
3. But I need to cover the remaining 80% to pay the tuition fees (including room and board). I am making this petition of crowd funding in order to help me cover the remaining amount and help me to accelerate scientific discovery in virus research.
Putting me in contact with the course will enhance my capacities and skills to assert a better biotechnological platform that suits our laboratories goals. One important goal is to have an effective treatment based on monoclonal antibodies against CCHF virus in humans.
I will surely pledge to help and expand other scientific minds by sharing & transmitting the amount of knowledge gained in this course. I want to bring back this practical experience to Canada and countries overseas, I can say from self experience that I want to create a similar workshop in developing countries starting in Mexico, then continue towards more countries in Latin America where thousands of students are eager to gain this type of training, which will empower them to protect their nations and give them the scientific tools to abate the burden of emerging an re-emerging viral diseases.
I need 3200 US dlls/4000 CDN dlls to cover in full my tuition fees including room and board at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Institute in New York, New York, USA fro two weeks
Living with a disease is bad, and imagine the despair of living with a disease that you know is incurable. We can really put "Hands on" to find real solutions.