• Challenges in Malaria Research

    Challenge in Malaria Research – Registration Now Open

    BioMed Central, in conjunction with its journals Malaria Journal and Parasites & Vectors, is hosting the second malaria conference “Challenges in Malaria Research: Progress Towards Elimination” in Basel, Switzerland from 10 – 12 October 2012.

    Following the success of the inaugural malaria conference in 2010, entitled “Parasite to Prevention: Advances in the understanding of malaria”, this second conference will bring together leading malaria researchers to review current progress and to chart future challenges.

    Internationally renowned speakers will present their insights into malaria elimination, including social science and policies; Artemisinin resistance; new drugs; vaccines; diagnostic challenges and vector controls.

    • All participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations

    • Highly topical scientific program

    • Internationally renowned invited speakers and organizing committee

  • Parasite to Prevention

    This international conference brings together leading researchers and industry representatives who will review important recent findings in parasite and vector biology, disease pathophysiology and immunology, disease treatment, prevention and control. Attendees will learn about the latest developments in key areas and initiatives that are at the forefront of malaria research.

    Why Parasite to prevention?

    • Internationally renowned invited speakers and scientific committee
    • All participants invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. A significant number of talks will be selected from conference registrants
    • Highly topical scientific program: from parasite cell biology to immunology, vaccination and control


    • This event is a must-attend for all: postdoctoral research fellows; graduate students; principal investigators in academia and industry; clinical researchers working in malariology.

    Topics include:

    • Parasite and vector cell biology
    • Disease pathogenesis
    • Drug discovery
    • Immunology and vaccine development
    • Disease control


  • Background

    Malaria remains one of the most serious health problems worldwide and is responsible for between one and three million deaths annually. Even if the current trend towards a reduction of malaria incidence as a result of better anti-malarial drugs and intensified use of effective control measures continues, the situation is fragile due to the spread of drug-resistant parasites and insecticide-resistant vectors.

    This meeting will explore important recent findings in parasite and vector biology, disease pathophysiology and immunology, as well as disease treatment, prevention and control. In this fast-moving discipline, there is a need for the scientific community to take the opportunity to meet and review significant progress.

    Conference Scope

    Session 1:Advances in understanding parasite biology and host-parasite interactions that are relevant to disease and treatment

    Session 2:Assimilating genome-wide analyses of parasites to provides new tools for vaccines and drug discovery projects, as well as understanding the mechanisms of resistance

    Session 3: Vector biology: New approaches to vector control of plasmodium parasites

    Session 4: Emerging parasites: recently discovered knowlesi in humans that is providing new insights into pathophysiology of malarial infections

    Session 5: Revisiting the sequestration and cytokine/mediator models for pathogenesis

    Session 6: Drug discovery - renewed vision and role in malaria control and elimination

    Session 7: Immunology and vaccine development

    Session 8: Disease Control: Vector control options are constantly evolving, whether by pesticide, sterile insect technique or biological control. What else is on the horizon?


    Researchers, clinicians, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, health organizations and all who are interested in malaria and public health.

    Cutting edge presentations will be delivered by internationally renowned researchers. Short oral platform presentations and posters will be selected from registrants submitted abstracts.

  • Organizing committee

    Marcel Hommel, University of Liverpool, Editor-in-Chief Malaria Journal, UK
    Sanjeev Krishna, St George's University of London, UK
    Stephen Lindsay, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
    David Sullivan, Johns Hopkins University, USA
    Henri Vial, CNRS, University Montpellier, France
    Kiaran Kirk, The Australian National University, Australia
    Stephen Ward, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • BioMed Central

    BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher that has pioneered the open access publishing model.  All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse.  BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

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    Email:  events@biomedcentral.com

    UK call:  0800 389 8136

    Outside UK call:  +44 (0) 20 3192 2009

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  • Journal

    Malaria Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing exclusively articles on malaria. It aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialties involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside.

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