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Call for nominations

Call for nomination of experts to serve on the Polio Research Committee

Background

The Polio Research Committee (PRC) was established in March 2008 to provide guidance to the director of the Polio department at the World Health Organization (WHO) on unanswered scientific priorities in poliovirus eradication. As the eradication of polio approaches, the PRC has shifted its focus from research on the acceleration of poliovirus eradication to areas such as the development of new poliovirus vaccines, new administration methods of inactivated poliovirus vaccines, assessment of tools for poliovirus outbreak response, and anti-polio antibody seroprevalence surveys as program evaluation tools.

On behalf of the Director, Polio Department of WHO, the PRC has been charged with:

  1. Identifying the remaining gaps in knowledge for interrupting wild poliovirus transmission and addressing and managing risks in the post-eradication era.
  2. Proposing appropriate studies to be initiated, commissioned or funded to address priority knowledge gaps.
  3. Reviewing external research proposals in terms of conception, design and scientific merit, and determining their respective program and funding priorities.
  4. Monitoring, evaluating and directing the dissemination of progress and findings from all relevant research.

For more details, please see the PRC’s Terms of Reference.

Duration of membership and meetings

Duration of membership is established at three years, with the possibility to serve consecutive terms. In any given year, efforts will be made to ensure that no more than two members shall be changed.

PRC meetings are usually organized twice a year.

Expected expertise

  • Expert in vaccinology, virology, biosafety, epidemiology, clinical trial design, or immunization programmes;
  • Expert in conducting and interpreting clinical trials;
  • Knowledge of the poliovirus eradication program;
  • Where feasible, priority will also be given to those with experience in conducting vaccine-related research in developing country settings, particularly those of greatest programmatic importance to the GPEI.

Eligibility criteria

No research subcommittee member can have a financial or professional engagement with a commercial entity the use of whose products may be influenced by the PRC or its work. In addition, PRC members may neither submit proposals for funding, nor shall they receive funds through any decision of the PRC. In addition, prior to being appointed as PRC members and prior to renewal of term, nominees and current PRC members shall be required to complete a WHO Declaration of Interest.

Process of selection

Selection of members will be performed by a panel including; current PRC Chair, WHO Polio Director, and representatives from Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners. In selection of PRC members, consideration will be given to attaining an adequate distribution of technical expertise, as well as balanced geographical and gender representation.

Proposals for nominations should be sent by email to polioresearch@who.int including brief statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae, indication of relevant expertise, and a completed declaration of interest form, with a subject line “Application for Polio Research Committee”. Only complete nominations received by 31 December 2016 will be considered.

Terms of ReferenceDeclaration of Interest