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Last week at MalariaWorld: MIM2018 update, PAMCA conference, call for abstracts/papers

September 15, 2017 - 14:31 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

MIM2018 Update
The conference is proud to announce the participation of twenty prestigious speakers from the malaria community. Among them, Professor Peter Agree, Nobel prize 2003 in chemistry /drug discovery development. Click here to see who else will speak at the MIM2018 conference.

The 4th Annual Conference of the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA)
The 4th PAMCA conference will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at Laico 2000 Hotel on October 16th – 18th 2017. Read more about the PAMCE conference here.

Deadline coming up soon! Call for Papers. Malaria transmission: current challenges and new tools in the elimination context
The Portuguese Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), through the research center Global Health and Tropical Medicine (GHTM), is organizing the workshop on Malaria transmission: current challenges and new tools in the elimination context, that will take place at the IHMT, in Lisbon, on 30th and 31st October 2017.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17th September 2017. Click here for more information about this Call for Papers.

Reminder vacancies still open - extended deadline
It is still possible to apply for the following position:
* Physician Investigator Malaria at Sanaria. Click here to read the vacancy announcement "Physician Investigator Malaria - Sanaria".
Postdoc on malaria population genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Closing date for applications: 18th September 2017. Click here to read the vacancy announcement "Postdoctoral Fellow Malaria Population Genetics".

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MIM2018: Word from the Local Organizing Committee Chair Prof Oumar Gaye

September 8, 2017 - 09:34 -- MIM 2018


Twenty years after the first MIM Conference which drew attention to major questions for malaria research, and identify ways to strengthen and sustain the research capacity of malaria endemic countries in Africa, several countries in Africa are now engaging towards malaria elimination. Focus in Senegal, the first country report in the Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact series describes how Senegal achieves a spectacular drop in its malaria burden.

Building out vector-borne diseases in Africa – launch of new research network and funding call!

September 8, 2017 - 07:44 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Durham University and University College London are pleased to announce the establishment of a new multi-disciplinary research network called the BOVA (Building out vector-borne diseases in sub-Saharan Africa) Network. 

Anthocyanins and sickle cells

September 5, 2017 - 18:42 -- Pierre Lutgen

Anthocyanins are generally accepted as the largest and most important group of water-soluble pigments in nature. Research articles on anthocyanins have escalated dramatically in the last 20 years : 230 in the decade from 1982 through 1991, 753 from 1992 through 2001 and 3043 from 2002 through 2012 Anthocyanin pigments and associated flavonoids have demonstrated ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases.

        Mary Ann Lila, Anthocyanins and Human Health : an in vitro investigative Approach. J Biomed Biotechnol 2004, 5. 306-313

MIM2018: Submit your abstract for the 7th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference

September 1, 2017 - 07:55 -- MIM 2018

All abstracts must be submitted by September 30, 2017.
The Secretariat offers technical assistance for abstract submissions from now until the submission date. Contact the MIM Secretariat at info@mim2018.com or (+221) 33 825 19 99

Submit your abstract by clicking here.

The underestimated role of taurine

August 14, 2017 - 06:18 -- Pierre Lutgen

                                                                           Or why cats and dogs are malariafree.

Taurine, a sulfur-containing amino acid, is the most abundant amino acid in mammals, occurring both in cells and in blood plasma. High concentrations of taurine are found in the heart, retina, bile, brain, plasma, platelets, leucocytes, whereas smaller amounts are found in liver, erythrocytes, muscles, kidney.

        Cécile Petton. La taurine: point sur ses propriétés et son utilization en 2011. Thèse de doctorat. Université dde Nantes 2011.

Video from #Malaria Consortium Fighting Malaria in the Sahel

August 11, 2017 - 16:11 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

For the 25 million children who live across the Sahel, where there is a seasonal surge in malaria incidence, the World Health Organization recommends seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) as an effective tool in the fight against malaria. Approximately 12 million children were protected through SMC programmes in 2016, with over 6.4 million children covered through the ACCESS-SMC project, funded by UNITAID and led by Malaria Consortium in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. 

Special message for medical entomologists in Africa | Message spécial pour les entomologistes médicaux en Afrique

August 11, 2017 - 09:31 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

We are excited to start a survey for the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. PAMCA is currently establishing a database of all institutions and individual scientists operating in the field of medical entomology, in particular mosquito borne diseases, across Africa.

Drones against malaria – Crowdfunding campaign

July 14, 2017 - 07:33 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Efficient in use and costs

Drones against malaria seeks your support for the crowdfunding campaign ‘Anti Malaria Drones’ to generate € 18.000 for a malaria control pilot project using a drone that sprays an environmentally sound biological control agent over rice fields in Western Kenya. Please give your support and share this request with your colleagues and friends: www.antimalariadrones.com

DISCOVERY's global premiere of MOSQUITO on July 6, 9 pm.

June 30, 2017 - 08:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Featuring interviews with leaders in the global health community including MalariaWorld's Founder and editor Bart Knols and a rare documentary one-on-one with Bill Gates. Narrated by Oscar® nominated Jeremy Renner.

 
 
(New York) – As many in the world prepare for the warm summer months, Discovery will use its global reach to focus the world’s attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO, Thursday, July 6th at 9pm, on Discovery Channel and Discovery networks around the world.
Recent news coverage around the globe has highlighted individual outbreaks of diseases such as Zika, malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue. But there is a bigger story to be told, one that connects the dots between these diseases and reveals how a single force is driving them all: the unceasing, accelerating expansion of the mosquito around the globe, driven by factors such as increasing global travel and trade and a warmer world that is more hospitable to mosquitoes.

Ultrapurity: a fatal error in pharmacognosy

June 11, 2017 - 16:55 -- Pierre Lutgen

It is common belief and a dogma of the Western school medicine that valid results with the extracts of natural products can only be obtained if individual constituents are isolated and purified to the highest grade. This entails that most, if not all, scientific papers describing research in this field are based on monotherapies with ultrapure products.

Congratulations to Austin Burt!

May 25, 2017 - 04:52 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Professor Austin Burt has been awarded a President's Medal for his work engaging the public in malaria-control projects across sub-Saharan Africa.

The accolade is given out as part of the College’s annual President's Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement. These awards celebrate staff, students and community partners who have gone the extra mile to bring the College’s work to the wider public. Awardees judged to have made particularly exceptional contributions are selected to receive the President’s Medal for Excellence in Societal Engagement.

"Now, more than ever, universities should be in and of the world. We cannot afford to retreat to ivory towers"
– Professor Maggie Dallman, Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships)

The Societal Engagement awards form part of the President’s Awards for Excellence programme, with similar prizes also being given for research and education.

Read the full article "Imperial academic puts community at the heart of malaria elimination project" by Deborah Evanson - Imperial College London, here.

SciDev.Net: Antimalarial candidate holds promise as a single dose

May 12, 2017 - 12:57 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
  • A potential antimalarial was trialled in animals as a single dose
  • They found that it could block all life cycle stages of mosquitoes
  • An expert says the drug could advance malaria control if it reaches the market

[CAPE TOWN] A new antimalarial candidate could pave the way for a single-dose treatment that boots malaria eradication when used in combination with other preventative measures.

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