Challenges in Malaria Research

Parasite to Prevention

This international conference brought 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 learned about the latest developments in key areas and initiatives that are at the forefront of malaria research.

Why Parasite to prevention?


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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


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