Pathways to Careers in MPT Research & Development

The IMPT organizes virtual networking sessions among mentors and trainees to foster the development of next generation reproductive health professionals, including MPT researchers.

Most recently, the IMPT coordinated breakout sessions coinciding with the Annual NICHD Contraceptive Research Branch (CRB) Meeting to allow postdoctoral trainees, graduate students, and undergraduate students to explore different career pathways in the contraceptive field by connecting with experts like agency administrators, health-based entrepreneurs, and more.

Opportunities

MATRIX CaSE Program | CAMI Health, housed at the Public Health Institute, is excited to partner with the Aurum Institute and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) as co-leads of CaSE (Capacity Strengthening and Engagement (CaSE) Fellowship Program). The overall goal of CaSE is to enhance capacity and technical skills of scientists and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa in alignment with technical and strategic areas prioritized by MATRIX. MATRIX (Microbicide Research and Development (R&D) to Advance HIV Prevention Technologies through Responsive Innovation and Excellence) is a recently launched USAID funded 5-year program aimed to develop a range of HIV prevention products that are acceptable, affordable, scalable and deliverable by providing a platform for efficient, benchmark-driven portfolio management.

Stay tuned for upcoming training and fellowship opportunities from the CaSE Program!


Women’s Health Innovation Spotlight: Expanded Innovation Showcase | The Women’s Health Innovation Summit will offer 24 start-ups leading the future of the women’s health industry the opportunity to present to investors and industry leaders through the Women’s Health Innovation Spotlight. Applications for this exciting opportunity are due August 5, 2022.


MDPI Special Issue “Novel Drug Delivery Systems for Women’s Health” | A special issue of MDPI will focus on innovative drug formulation and drug delivery systems that can help address the unmet health needs of women worldwide. MDPI is now accepting submissions for original manuscripts and review articles that discuss drug delivery systems that address a range of women’s health needs such as vaginal health, contraception and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and genitourinary symptoms of menopause. Guest editors also encourage submissions that address other women’s health issues. Submissions are due 30 September 2022.


Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) Director Transition | RHSC is a global partnership of more than 550 public, private, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to ensuring that all people in low- and middle-income countries can choose, obtain, and use affordable, high-quality supplies and related services to ensure their better sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Their global Secretariat is staffed and managed by PATH, a global nonprofit improving public health. PATH, on behalf of the Coalition Secretariat, is seeking an RHSC Director, who together with the Secretariat and global membership, will advance Coalition goals and priorities under the leadership of the RHSC Executive Committee. Learn more and apply here.


The Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) supports the career development of students and research trainees directly through our Success program. MCI accepts applications on a rolling basis for any activity or need that advances the career of a trainee interested in the field of male contraception. Eligible activities include travel grants, digital conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Contact logan@malecontraceptive.org for questions regarding eligibility and apply here!


The Sci-Founder Fellowship program supports early-career scientists in launching their own companies. This program will be investing $400,000 to each founding team to establish their company and includes mentorship from field experts, as well as access to a network of other scientists kickstarting their own groups. Contact hello@sci-founder.com for questions about the program.


The California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC) hosted an “STD Expert Hour” Webinar Training featuring IMPT Co-Founder & Director, Dr. Bethany Young Holt, in June, 2021. In this training, titled “New Frontiers in STI/HIV Prevention & Family Planning: The Promise of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies”, Dr. Young Holt covers the global need for comprehensive prevention, the origins of MPTs, and the current R&D pipeline for MPTs, including the latest developments in the field. Click here to access the recording, as well as additional CAPTC trainings.

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