Rajko Reljic, EMI-TB PI at St. George's University of London, is participating in the Vaccine development for complex Intracellular neglected pathogens (VALIDATE) network for vaccine R&D, funded jointly by the UK MRC and BBSRC. The VALIDATE network provides a forum for cross-disciplinary and cross-organism research and directly funds projects aimed at delivering at better understanding of protective immune responses in both animal and human diseases caused by intracellular pathogens. EMI-TB scientist Alastair Copland has recently been awarded a VALIDATE project grant to study the role of alveolar macrophages induced by mucosal immunisation in collaboration with Prof Tracy Hussell at the University of Mancester.