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Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria (Virtual Conference)

07 - 09 June 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline 12 April 2021
  • Registration deadline 31 May 2021

Registration opens soon.
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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 at approximately 17.00 on Wednesday 9 June 2021. All times are given in British Summer Time (BST). See the time where you are here.

    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

    The virtual registration package includes: Access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

    Further details will be available soon.

    Registration deadline: 31 May 2021




  • 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.

    All of those who are invited to present a poster will also be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

    Abstract deadline: 12 April 2021

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