IMPRINT

IMPRINT is a network focusing on maternal and neonatal immunisation, funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and coordinated by Network Director Prof. Beate Kampmann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Co-Director Dr Chrissie Jones (University of Southampton). IMPRINT aims to build a sustainable network of stakeholders from basic science, immunology, vaccinology, social science, industry, public health, and national and international policymakers to answer fundamental biological questions about antibody transfer across the placenta, how to induce the "best" antibody, and antibodies’ effect on the maturing newborn immune system. 

IMPRINT has close to 300 members from 50 countries. Together, they aim to investigate if and how maternal vaccines interfere with the way babies responds to vaccines later in infancy and childhood. To ensure the optimal protection of vaccines in pregnancy and early life, IMPRINT’s members also look at how co-factors such as nutrition or other infections might change the way in which mothers and infants are protected by vaccines. To optimise the uptake of current and new vaccines, IMPRINT is also trying to find out why women decide to receive or not get vaccines in different countries. The network endeavours to work out how vaccine safety and effectiveness can be best monitored in a world where different countries health care systems function very differently. Addressing these implementation challenges will provide a better understanding of the issues and site-preparedness in the many geographical areas and populations in which IMPRINT investigators work.

Title

Immunising Pregnant Women and Infants Network

Funder(s)

MRC UK, GCRF, BBSRC

Duration

1 June 2017 – 31 May 2021 (48 Months)

Total Funding

2.5 million GBP

Coordinator

Prof. Beate Kampmann, LSHTM & Dr Chrissie Jones, University of Southampton

Steering Committee
  • Beate Kampmann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Chrissie Jones (University of Southampton)
  • Clare Cutland (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg)
  • Sonali Kochhar (Global Healthcare Consulting)
  • Beth Holder (Imperial College London)
  • Kirsty Mehring-Le Doare (St George’s, University of London)
  • Alison Elliott (MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit)
  • Alexander Drakesmith (University of Oxford)
  • Ed Clarke (MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM)
  • Heidi Larson (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Roma Chilengi (Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia)
  • Neil French (University of Liverpool)

How LINQ Supports IMPRINT

  • . Network Management
  • . Membership Management
  • . Networking & Stakeholder Engagement
  • . Management of Calls for funding and awarded sub-grants
  • . Dissemination & Communication

Managing IMPRINT’s international network of nearly 300 members

As IMPRINT functions as a network, it is not a classic research project. With almost 300 members from 50 countries, IMPRINT is the most global project in the LINQ portfolio and a profoundly complex project to manage. 

LINQ takes on a plethora of roles to ensure that the network runs smoothly. Starting with network management, LINQ processes all membership applications as well as communication with the members about all network activities. As network managers, we are the main point of contact for all IMPRINT members.

We, furthermore, support the IMPRINT Directors, Executive Board and Steering Group in planning network activities, organise meetings (previously in the UK and Canada) and training sessions.

Watch the video to get an introduction to the IMPRINT network.

network

Coordinating large-scale public engagement programmes

LINQ is particularly involved in the coordination of IMPRINT’s public engagement grants and career development fellowships. Supporting innovative science by funding research and public engagement projects is a core element of the network. These projects, typically three- to six-month-long, aim to increase the public’s awareness of vaccines for mothers and infants in our partner countries (currently funded: Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda) and the UK. 

To ensure that all projects run smoothly, LINQ works closely with the financial and legal administrators at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. We are involved in every step of the project process, from issuing calls for proposals and communicating them to the network members to managing the peer review process and selection process and from overseeing the contracts and financial management to managing the reporting. 

IMPRINT currently funds 11 pump-priming projects, 4 career fellowships, 9 public engagement projects as well as an industry placement in collaboration with Pfizer.

Coordinating large-scale public engagement programmes
“The complex processes required to run our network and administer grants for so many different countries all over the world have been expertly managed by LINQ. They have not only gone the extra mile, they have run a marathon with us- with smiles on their faces. Without LINQ we would not have achieved our functional network.” Prof Beate Kampmann,
LSHTM
Prof Beate Kampmann