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MalariaWorld and MESA join hands to report from the 6th Annual PAMCA conference

September 19, 2019 - 12:29 -- Malaria World

The upcoming conference of the Pan Africa Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) will take place from 23-25 September, 2019 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Like we did during the last MIM conference, MalariaWorld and the MESA Correspondent Program will work together to provide you with an impression of the PAMCA conference presentations.

The MESA Correspondent volunteers report on the latest in malaria research from conferences around the world. The synopses are shared online, enabling people who could not attend the meeting to read about the latest advances. The MESA Correspondents Program is a collaboration between MESA and the conference organizers.

Meet the MESA Correspondents that will cover the 6th Annual PAMCA Conference

Joanna, Nathalie, Teresia and Trizah (from left to right) are the four MESA Correspondents that will cover the science and discussions from the 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference. Summaries will be posted online on the PAMCA conference website, the MESA Correspondents page and on MalariaWorld.

Joanna is a Research Assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom), working on Cochrane reviews assessing the evidence for malaria vector control interventions. "I’m excited to be working with MESA at the 6th annual PAMCA conference, both to hear from different institutions on the latest vector-borne disease research and to contribute to sharing the outcomes of the conference with those unable to attend."

Nathalie is a research associate at the Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies (Cameroon) and has over 10 years working experience in the area of vector-borne disease epidemiology and control with expertise in molecular tools. Presently, she is a PhD candidate in the Parasitology program of the University of Yaoundé. Her research relates to the bionomics and molecular basis of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors from wetlands across the Cameroon volcanic line.

Teresia is a medical entomology PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Her dissertation research focuses on exploring the role of plant-derived phytochemicals on mosquito ecology and control, mostly working with Aedes and Culex mosquito vectors. She’s looking forward to capturing proceedings about the latest malaria research and other mosquito-borne diseases in the African continent at the PAMCA conference. Additionally, she’s also keen to leverage this exciting opportunity to learn and make new connections that will be essential for her future career progression as a medical entomologist.

Trizah is a PhD student of Medical Entomology at the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Kenya). Her research interests are in the area of natural product chemistry and drug design. The upcoming conference on elimination of vector-borne diseases in Africa to be held in Yaounde is of great relevance to her current work as well as research interest. Currently, she is studying mosquito-parasite interactions with the aim of designing interventions that can disrupt the transmission of the malaria parasite to humans.

Stay tuned to receive the daily PAMCA conference reports next week!