SCIENCE | SOCIETY | SOLUTIONS
BIG DEAL ALERT!!
Hi! I am a pediatrician, scientist, strategist, educator and me thinks…an expert communicator.
I believe that people are the world’s most powerful resource. My vision is to “Make Malaria History” through vaccination. I also dream of an “Army of African Scientists”. Highly skilled individuals that will tackle Africa’s medical challenges, improving the physical and economic well-being of the continent. Health is Wealth!
I love to simplify science, re-packaging it to suit a target audience.
I am a career advisor, mentor and have a global footprint as a motivational speaker.
I hope to inspire African men and women engaged internationally in science and leadership.
FAITH OSIER CV
My research team is focused on understanding how humans acquire immunity to Plasmodium falciparum malaria, knowledge that we aim to translate into highly effective vaccines.
Malaria is a major public health problem in sub-saharan Africa, leading to over 400,000 deaths each year, predominantly in young children. Reducing the burden caused by this disease is one of the millennium development goals. There is currently no licensed malaria vaccine. However, studies in areas where malaria is frequently experienced have shown that it is possible to acquire immunity. Passive transfer studies in humans showed that antibodies are an important component of acquired immunity.
My work aims to identify the parasite targets of these protective antibodies and understand their mechanisms of action. My research programme has three broad themes
1) vaccine candidate discovery
2) antibody correlates of protection
3) mechanisms of immunity.
I lead the SMART (South-south Malaria Antigen Research ParTnership) network in which partners from African countries share samples and resources from longitudinal cohort studies of malaria. This gives us incredible power for our analyses and ensures that our results are applicable to the broader continent. I am passionate about the training of African scientists to be the future leaders who will find solutions to the continents medical problems, contributing to a healthy and prosperous Africa.
VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT ELECT
The IUIS promotes international co-operation, communication and contributes to the advancement of immunology in all its aspects, all around the world.
TED talk: The key to a better malaria vaccine
TED 2018 - The Age Of Amazement,
Vancouver, Canada. April 2018
I enjoy giving presentations and do loads of them, ranging from hard-core science to motivational lectures for students.
I usually speak about my Scientific work, in Education and Careers, at Women in Science events and more broadly about Science and Society.
The big highlight in 2018 was my talk at the TEDGlobal Conference in Vancouver – a meeting that blew my mind. It was such an inspiring and energizing experience creating great visibility for my work and vision.
Two amazing opportunities to speak are still to come in 2019: I am excited and honored to deliver a Spotlight Talk at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Addis Ababa, and to be among the 20 selected speakers of the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin – according to BBC the conference where “the brightest minds on the planet meet .” I’m really looking forward!
Here is a speaking archive of where I have been speaking in the recent past...
SMART Documentary: the making of KILChipv1.0
Short documentary featuring the innovations of
African Scientists in the quest for new effective
vaccines against malaria. April 2018
2014 Royal Society Pfizer Prize Seminar
Royal Society Pfizer Prize Seminar with Dr Faith Osier
SciDevNet: Rolling out malaria vaccine research
The Royal Society in London, United Kingdom