Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria

11 - 13 June 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the 7th Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria
    conference. This multidisciplinary meeting provides a forum for malaria
    scientists and clinicians focused on understanding the clinical and
    biological consequences of genome variation in malaria-exposed
    populations. The conference will bring researchers from across the globe
    working on various aspects of human, parasite and mosquito genetics
    together to focus on how new biological insights can be used to control

    The elimination of malaria is one of the greatest challenges facing
    modern medical science, and is hindered by growing levels of drug and
    insecticide resistance and the lack of an effective vaccine. Knowledge of
    genome variation in the host, parasite and vector populations is
    important to overcome these and other obstacles to malaria elimination.

    This year’s conference will focus on our current understanding of
    transmission models and migration patterns, and the implications for
    policies to eradicate malaria. We will also explore resistance to malaria
    drugs and insecticides, and provide a forum to discuss biological
    insights from recent advances in malaria genetics, including
    host-parasite interactions.

  • Programme

    The conference programme will start at approximately 13.00 on Monday 11
    June and close with the conference dinner on Wednesday 13 June 2018 (with
    departures on Thursday morning 14 June).

    A draft programme will be available shortly.

    Topics will include:

    • Genomic methods of control 
    • Translational genomics: data, policy & elimination
    • Understanding population structure & transmission biology
    • Host-parasite interactions: biological insights
    • Drug resistance & vaccination 
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Philip Bejon KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme,
    Caroline Buckee
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,
    Dominic Kwiatkowski University of Oxford,
    Mara Lawniczak
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Sarah Auburn Menzies, Australia
    Hsiao-Han Chang
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,
    Thomas Churcher
    Imperial College London, UK
    Mallika Imwong
    Mahidol University,
    Hilary Ranson Liverpool School of Tropical
    Medicine, UK
    Amanda Ross
    Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute,
    David Serre
    University of Maryland, USA
    Philip Welkhoff Gates Foundation, USA
    Nikolai Windbichler
    Imperial College London, UK

    Conference organiser
    Sue Taylor Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Early Bird
    (until 20 March)

    (after 21 March)

    Student No accommodation £207 £307
    Student On site twin accommodation £363 £463
    Student On site single accommodation £462 £562
    Academic No accommodation £307 £407
    Academic On site twin accommodation £463 £563
    Academic On site single accommodation £562 £662
    Commercial No accommodation £407 £507
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £563 £663
    Commercial On site single accommodation £662 £762

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadlines

    Early Bird: 20 March 2018
    Standard Registration: 15 May 2018

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 11, 12 and 13 June 2018.
    Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be
    allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: 17 April 2018

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration and travel bursaries are available for
    researchers from malaria-endemic regions to attend this conference. These
    have been generously provided by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Bill &
    Melinda Gates Foundation, MRC Centre for Genomics and Global Health and
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences programme.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • Covering letter
    • Letter of support from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 3 April 2018

    Additional funding opportunities
    our Funding webpage
    for additional funding opportunities currently

  • Sponsors

    Please contact the conference organiser if you would like to support this