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Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria

07 - 09 June 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 15 March 2021
  • Bursary deadline 29 March 2021
  • Abstract deadline 12 April 2021
  • Registration deadline 10 May 2021

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A forum for understanding the clinical and biological consequences of genome variation in malaria-exposed populations

  • Summary

    Due to the evolving situation with Covid-19, this conference was postponed from June 2020.

    We are pleased to announce the 8th 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 malaria.

    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, genomic surveillance 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.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Monday 7 June and close with the conference dinner on Wednesday 9 June 2021 (with departures on the morning of Thursday 10 June).

    Topics will include:

    • Spatial epidemiology
    • Drug resistance
    • Insecticide resistance
    • Transmission
    • Bioinformatics tools for 21st century
    • Biological insights from genomes
    • Genomic surveillance for elimination
    • Barriers to translation
  • Organisers/ Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Caroline Buckee

    Caroline Buckee
    Harvard University, USA

    Deus Ishengoma

    Deus Ishengoma
    National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania

    Mara Lawniczak

    Mara Lawniczak
    Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

    Dan Neafsey

    Dan Neafsey
    Broad Institute, USA

    Confirmed speakers

    Diabate Abdoulaye – Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
    Amy Bei – Yale School of Medicine, USA
    Jennifer Gardy – Gates Foundation, USA
    Jerome Kelleher – University of Oxford, UK
    Dominic Kwiatkowski – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
    Xue Li – Texas Biomedical Research Institute, USA
    Damaris Matoke – International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya
    Wendy O’Meara – Duke Global Health Institute, USA
    Sofonias Tessema – University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Nguyen Thanh Thuy Nhien – OUCRU, Vietnam
    Robert Verity – Imperial College, UK
    Charles Wondji – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK


    Scientific Conferences Team

    Laura Wyatt – Conference & Events Organiser
    Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager


  • Registration/ Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 15 March)

    Standard rate
    (after 15 March)
    Student No accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    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.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 7, 8 and 9 June 2021. 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:

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  • 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 conference.

    Abstract deadline: 12 April 2021

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of bursaries are available to help delegates attend this conference. Priority will be given to researchers from malaria-endemic countries.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need (and how you will benefit from attending the conference)

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 29 March 2021

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

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