This is an exciting laboratory-based opportunity to work with members and collaborators of Menzies Global Health Division on a variety of molecular aspects of malaria, including drug resistance, parasite genetics and epidemiology.
Date: 12 November 2010
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
Time: 13.00 - 15.30 hrs
As a follow-up to my recent comments here on "Human behaviour" , I have drawn on a section of my autobiography that is currently under review. This material is very relevant to the global situation regarding the problem of malaria chemotherapy and the role of human behaviour. As it is, however, too long to be included in these pages, I have posted it on my website where it can be located at www.wallacepeters.com , under the title "Conversations with myself - 8th November 2010 - Miracle Chinese antimalarial threatened by human folly".
In a recent blog, I congratulated Oxitec on the first release of transgenic Aedes aegypti for control purposes on Grand Cayman (GC) in the Caribbean. At that time, the results had not been made public. Today (4-Nov-2010), further information was released at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene meeting in Atlanta, USA. Well, were those transgenic males up to the task?
My name is Ron Marchand (1951), Dutch, biologist by training and I started to work in malaria entomology in 1978 with studies on the mating behaviour and biochemical identification of sibling species of the An. gambiae Group in Tanzania. For a too short time after that I was involved in a prematurely ended research programme to develop genetic control methods for malaria vectors in the Netherlands.
UCSF Experts Outline New Strategy to Eliminate Malaria
November 5, 2010 - Global health experts at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have outlined a new strategy and action plan to help countries eliminate malaria and bring the world closer to global eradication of the deadly disease.
Kija R.N. Ng’habi
This thesis specifically investigated (i) the effect of larval density and nutrition on the mating competitiveness of adult male Anopheles gambiae s.s mosquitoes (ii) compared the physiological fitness of male Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes between laboratory and field populations, (iii) the potential for establishing a self-replicating Anopheles arabiensis population in an enclosed semi-natural environment and observing its genetic variation over time, (iv) the development of a PCR-based method for assessing male mating success among inseminated female An. gambiae and (v) the population genetic structure of An. gambiae s. l. along the Kilombero valley (southern Tanzania).
After a long stint, I finally managed to go home for a visit last weekend. Its been raining in Nairobi over the last few days so there are puddles of water here and there and my home is no exception. You already know am going to talk about mosquitoes and malaria well yes I am.
In her excellent recent book "The fever" and in at least one newspaper interview, Sonia Shah has queried whether it will be possible truly to eliminate (a polite synonym for 'eradicate') malaria.