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CLOSED: Job: Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Ref: 514) Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology Group

November 17, 2011 - 20:20 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Closing date for completed applications:

Monday 5th December 2011, 9am
Salary:  £30,870 - £35,789 per annum
Full Time, Fixed term for 5 years

The Truth About GM Mosquitoes Is Not Enough

November 14, 2011 - 18:25 -- Mark Benedict

Can we be confident that if we get the facts out that genetic control of mosquitoes will be accepted for testing to prevent diseases? In the face of anti-GM activists, scientists have their hands tied by an intractable force – a professional demand to simply present the facts. Should scientists become more persuasive by becoming activists?


Mosquito Net Distribution Drive Blotched

November 9, 2011 - 21:31 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The article below was contributed by journalist Ntaryike Divine Jr. (Douala, Cameroon) as part of the SjCOOP project in collaboration with MalariaWorld.


On August 20 2011 amid bloated pomp, Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang flagged off a countrywide government campaign to distribute over 8.6 million long lasting insecticidal mosquito bednets gratis.  But the operation that was initially slated to span a dozen days from 8 to 20 September is yet to take off in six of the country’s ten administrative regions.

CLOSED: Job: PhD position for malaria projects in Munich and Africa

November 3, 2011 - 21:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

The Tropical Institute and Max von Pettenkofer – Institute of the University of Munich offer a PhD position for at least 3 years for their Malaria Projects in Munich and Africa. 

Deadline for applications: 14 November 2011

CLOSED: Job: Post-Doctoral Position to study Cuticular Proteins in Anopheles gambiae

November 3, 2011 - 19:50 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
NIH-funded Postdoctoral Position to learn more about the functions of cuticular proteins in Anopheles gambiae in the Department of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (USA).

CLOSED: Job: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Vector Group, LSTM

October 13, 2011 - 19:57 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Location: Liverpool, UK
Salary: £30,870 - £35,789 (DOE)
Deadline for applications: 27th October 2011 (noon BST)
Interviews: 14th November 2011
Full-Time, Fixed-Term 15 month appointment
Ref. 456

CLOSED: Job: Post-Doctoral Position to study the effect of low power microwaves on Plasmodium falciparum

October 13, 2011 - 19:06 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
A post-doctoral position is available in the Dept. of Medicine, Penn State Univ. College of Medicine (USA) to work on a new research effort sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Persistence Pays: piggyBac Remobilization in Anopheles

October 13, 2011 - 11:52 -- Mark Benedict

Dave O’brochta of the University of Maryland has long insisted that merely developing the capacity to perform germline transformation of mosquitoes is not enough to claim a full-blown forward-genetic manipulation system. However, once transposable elements and vectors were available for Aedes and Anopheles, the enthusiasm for developing fundamentally new information about germline transformation waned – at least for many who would use it. Not for all though.


WHO: Zero malaria deaths by 2015 was 'wildly ambitious goal'

October 7, 2011 - 17:29 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Today Roll Back Malaria published a 'Leadership Interview' with Dr. Newman, Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme and Mr. Brandling-Bennett, Deputy Director of the malaria programme at the Gates Foundation. For the full interview, see here. This interview marks an important development: WHO declares that the Millennium Development Goal's target of zero deaths by the year 2015 'was a wildly ambitious goal'. Are we seeing the first cracks in the promises made at the beginning of this millennium?

Malaria can be eliminated from Africa

October 6, 2011 - 09:30 -- Bart G.J. Knols

A perspective article carrying the above title appeared in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene this month. As it was freely accessible I have taken the liberty to attach it to this editorial (hoping the publisher will not come after me...) for those of you that have not seen it. 

In it, Carlos Campbell and Rick Steketee inject encouragement into all of us that we have made substantial gains in the battle against malaria over the last decade, and that with the same relentlessness we may actually succeed in wiping the scourge off the continent. The article is a pleasant read when one starts up the computer and reads this first thing in the morning...

CLOSED: Job: Senior Technical Advisor for Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, USA

September 29, 2011 - 21:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
MalariaWorldPosition ID: FY2011-84.IDG
Hours: Full-time
Salary: Competitive. Commensurate with experience
Organisation: University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Location: Bethesda, Maryland (HQ), USA

CLOSED: Job: Post doctoral position: Evolutionary Ecology of host-parasite interactions, IRD-France & IRSS Burkina Faso

September 22, 2011 - 18:20 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Organisation: IRD & IRSS
Location: Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Duration: 2 years
Start: February 2012
Deadline for applications: 15 October 2011

They’re off – and running? Dengue resistant Aedes aegypti

September 22, 2011 - 16:41 -- Mark Benedict

Hoffmann et al. recently reported a highly noteworthy establishment of Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti in two Australian towns. With the potential to greatly reduce the dengue risk in these communities, this bio-control is a remarkable demonstration of the potential for heritable factors to interfere with disease. The project is off to a great start. The big question is, can the technology finish the race? And how much push will be required to make it happen? I’ll make my prediction about where this is headed.

CLOSED: Job: Postdoctoral Position, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, USA

September 2, 2011 - 19:46 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
An infectious disease laboratory with an emphasis on malaria research within the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute is seeking a highly independent, ambitious and creative Ph.D. level scientist with extensive experience (minimum of 2 years) in proteomics and mass spectrometry. This postdoctoral position has extensive opportunities for growth and development for academic- and industry-oriented individuals.

CLOSED: Job: A scholarship for African scientists

September 1, 2011 - 19:29 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Africa London Nagasaki Scholarship Fund
The scholarship will allow African researchers to undertake an MSc in a subject relevant to the control of infectious disease in the developing world at either the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan (NEKKEN) or at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK (LSHTM). 
Application deadline: Friday 30 September 2011

Open Access 2.0: Power in our own hands!

September 1, 2011 - 15:47 -- Bart G.J. Knols

When students embark on research in the field of malaria they receive a pile of published articles from their supervisors to bring them up to speed. Great papers in Nature and Science, and students, for sure, hope that one day their names will appear in the list of authors on an article in one of these journals. Remember that feeling? I sure do. And did. But the world is changing...

Should we start a training course for journalists?

August 30, 2011 - 01:06 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The past few weeks have been good for the press when it gets to malaria. First they discovered what many of us knew all along: that resistance to pyrethroids is on the rise and may jeopardise the usefulness of LLINs. Then they marvelled at the 'outbreak' in Greece, where six were diagnosed with P. vivax malaria without ever having left the country. And this week's high is the story that mosquito numbers in Africa are dropping for some mysterious reason. The more money that goes into malaria research, the more scientists are coming out with remarkable findings, and the press gulps it up and make the stories ever more gripping. Which I understand...

CLOSED: Job: Keele University - Postdoctoral Research Associate Bioinformatics

July 21, 2011 - 19:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Organisation: Keele University, Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine
Location: UK
Term: Fixed term for three years
Starting salary: Grade 7, £29,972
Closing date for applications: 16 August 2011
Ref: RE11/14MW

Waking up in the face of resistance?

July 7, 2011 - 15:54 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Sometimes you come across articles that blow your mind. You read them and feel your heartbeat increasing. Each sentence you finish makes you wonder more what is going on here. What the politics are, who's really behind it, and what the goal of it is....

Book: The Moses of Malaria

June 18, 2011 - 09:46 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The book 'The Moses of Malaria', authored by Dr. Jan Peter Verhave, which was published recently by Erasmus Publishing in The Netherlands (find more information here), is all about the life and work of Professor Nicolaas Swellengrebel (1885-1970), beyond doubt one of the most important and influential scientists of 20th Century Holland.

Eight Million Treated Mosquito Nets Due Distribution In Cameroon

June 16, 2011 - 12:49 -- Bart G.J. Knols
The article below was contributed by journalist Ntaryike Divine Jr. (Douala, Cameroon) as part of the SjCOOP project in collaboration with MalariaWorld.

The government of Cameroon is verging on enacting one of its biggest efforts yet in its protracting battle against malaria, which has obstinately upheld its status as the country’s leading killer disease.  Over 8 million treated mosquito nets are due distribution by August ending in the malaria-endemic Central African nation which is home to 20 million inhabitants.

CLOSED: Job: Glasgow University - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Malaria Vector Ecology

June 9, 2011 - 20:14 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Organisation: University of Glasgow, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Location: Tanzania
Closing date: 8th July 2011
Ref: M00269  

CLOSED: AvecNet PhD Studentship: ecological and genetic determinants of malaria vector behaviours

June 9, 2011 - 19:54 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Organisation:  Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania and the University of Glasgow, UK    

Location of PhD:
Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania and UG, UK. Registered for PhD at UG
Duration: 3 years, commencing October 2011
Proposed Supervisors: Nico Govella (IHI) and Heather Ferguson (UG)
Closing date for applications: 1st July 2011

CLOSED: Job: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Post-doctoral Research Assistant (Ref 320) Vector Group

May 26, 2011 - 19:39 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Closing date for receiving applications: 10.00am, (BST) Tuesday 21st June 2011
Salary: £30,870 - £35,789 per annum Grade 7
Full-time fixed-term 2 Year Appointment

Uganda: ACT treatment is too expensive

May 12, 2011 - 21:22 -- Bart G.J. Knols
The article below was contributed by journalist Hope Mafaranga (Uganda) as part of the SjCOOP project in collaboration with MalariaWorld.

The government of Uganda wants people to use Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) for treating malaria but the treatment is too expensive and there’s not enough available of this medicine. 


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