MESA Correspondents reporting from the ASTMH 2020 Annual Meeting (virtual)
Day 5: Thursday, 19th November 2020
On Thursday, November 19th, the MESA Correspondents reported from the following sessions:
- Symposium #117: Vaccines Against Placental Malaria Speakers: Arnaud Chene, Nicaise Ndam, Justin Doritchamou and Stephanie Yanow.
- Symposium #119: Cross-Disciplinary Sciences to Understand Malaria Vaccine Immunity Speakers: Carlota Dobaño, Stephen Hoffman, John Tsang and Purvesh Khatri.
- Symposium #140: Spatial Intelligence to Optimize Public Health Interventions Speakers: Kafula Silumbe, Olatunde Adesoro, Olena Borkovska and Hugh Sturrock.
- Symposium #163: Responding to the challenge of vector-borne diseases in the context of urban expansion Speakers: Peter W. Gething, Lucy Tusting and Abdisalan M. Noor.
- Symposium #164: Integrating Functional, Population Genomic and Transcriptomic Data to Decipher Antimalarial Drug Resistance and Guide Drug Discovery Speakers: Shannon Takala Harrison, Zbynek Bozdech, Jenna Oberstaller and Stanley C. Xie.
- Symposium #166: Current Knowledge of Mosquito-Stage Malaria Parasite Biology: Implications for Developing a Robust in vitro Culturing System Speakers: Shirley Luckhart, Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, Ashley M. Vaughan and Photini Sinnis.
- Symposium #167: Tracking the Threat of pfhrp2/3 Gene Deletions and Future Alternatives to HRP2-based Malaria Diagnosis Speakers: Jane A. Cunningham, Eric Rogier, Jonathan B. Parr and Dionicia Gamboa.
The organizers, Stephanie Yanow and Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, introduced this discussion topic by emphasizing the importance of developing a vaccine against placental malaria. Pregnant women are especially susceptible to malaria which affects infant birth weight alongside maternal anemia and can lead to abortions.
Arnaud Chȇne (French Institute of Health and Medical Research, Paris, France) updated the audience on progress in the development of a placental malaria vaccine. About 30 million women become pregnant in malaria-endemic areas annually, and this malaria-susceptible group requires some form of protection.
For the full report of Day 5 see pdf attached
This report is brought to you by the MESA Correspondents. Senior editorial support has been facilitated by the Organizers and Co-Chairs of the symposia, Valentina Mangano (University of Pisa) and Julie Chaccour (Independent Consultant). This report is cross-posted on the MESA website and on MalariaWorld.