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BioMed Central Challenges in Malaria Research conference: Progress towards elimination
10 October 2012 — 12 October 2012
BioMed Central Limited
In conjunction with its journals Malaria Journal and Parasites and Vectors, the open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to present its second malaria conference, “Challenges in Malaria Research: Progress towards elimination” at the University of Basel, Switzerland from 10-12 October 2012.
Challenges in Malaria Research seeks to address the key issues associated with malaria.
In order to effectively tackle the disease, we need to know what we are facing. There are many challenges associated with malaria surveillance and the keynote speakers Richard Cibulskis, from the World Health Organization (WHO), Simon Hay, from the University of Oxford, and Laurence Slutsker from the Centre for Disease control (CDC), kick start the meeting on Wednesday 10th October in a discussion about these issues.
Other sessions will examine the success of current measures for controlling the malaria parasite. Currently the primary treatment is based on Artemisinin and its derivatives. However a major setback for controlling the disease remains the spread of Artemisinin resistance. The global consequences and challenges caused by the spread of resistance are outlined by Rob Newman, WHO, and Nicholas White, from the University of Oxford.
Amidst all the challenges, there is still hope for the development of new vaccines, which could help to eventually eradicate malaria. During the conference progress of some of the vaccines in development will be revealed.
Additionally because malaria is a major socioeconomic burden on countries where the disease is endemic, many countries have embarked on elimination programs. Challenges in Malaria Research will close by charting the trials and successes of elimination programs from around the world.
A few press places are still available, but you must be quick to apply as the conference is close to full capacity. Please contact Events@biomedcentral.com