As a gift to start 2011, I thought I’d help the anti-GMO-no-way-no-how folks with a critique of their arguments, and I’ll offer some real meat for them with which they might get greater respect. Let’s start 2011 by establishing some common ground.
Below and attached you will find the abstract and summary of the PhD thesis of Annabel Howard. She graduated in October from Wageningen University on her thesis with the above title.
Currently, Annabel is preparing to move to Angola. Interested parties can contact her for collaborative activities in the field of malaria.
This week a 31 year-old woman living in Jacksonville, Florida, got infected with the most deadly form of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum. Just weeks ago a similar report came from Spain, where indigenous transmission occurred and led to the first case of malaria since 1961.
Brian Greenwood is Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. From 2001 -2009 he directed the Gates Malaria Partnership which supported a programme of research and capacity development in many countries in Africa directed at improving treatment and prevention of malaria. In 2008, he became director of a new capacity development initiative supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC), which operates a post-graduate malaria training programme in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and he also directs a new consortium (MenAfriCar) established with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study meningococcal carriage in Africa.
It was announced yesterday that the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) will receive another 50 million USD to develop new public health insecticides. By 2020 it hopes to add three new active ingredients to the public health pesticide toolbox. That will then be a total of 100 million dollars for 3 new active ingredients. Finding new insecticides and bringing these to the market is an expensive business...
And of course, extensive use of chemical insecticides in mosquito control has caused a rapid spread of insecticide-resistance, which is threatening the effectiveness of current malaria interventions. Pretty obvious then that you start the search for new insecticides, so it seems.
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.
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?
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.
Researchers who have been devoting themselves to creation of mosquitoes that cannot transmit disease are facing formidable foes: a warm reception for specious arguments and deep pocket anti-GM organizations.Plans to release GM mosquitoes in Malaysia provide a window into the opposition. Will GM mosquitoes be given a chance to improve human health?
In June I was invited to take part in a discussion forum on global health in Breda, The Netherlands. Following my talk on malaria I was approached by a lady called Thea Bekkers, who got my attention with a gripping story about an orphanage in Kenya that she supports. In short, the home, which houses some thirty children is poorly resourced and in dire need of preventive tools against malaria. Nets. They simply needed nets.
Several NIH and Foundation-funded post-doctoral positions are available in the laboratory of LJ Zwiebel in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Jobin has been a very active member of MalariaWorld over the last seven months. Time to interview him and get some feedback on his views regarding malaria control and elimination in Africa.
This is a book authored by 37 experts in this field with a focus on the role of olfaction (the sense of smell) in the multitude of interactions between arthropods and their blood hosts. Half the book deals with malaria vectors, from basic lab studies to open field research on odour-mediated behaviour. The book provides a state-of-the-art account of research in this field.
It doesn't happen often that the broader community is requested to shape the direction taken by development organisations. But here is your chance. DFID is consulting anyone interested in malaria to help shape their business plan on how to combat malaria better.
Subscribers that provide feedback on the MalariaWorld platform at times tell us of the difficulties they have with using the different features. A good opportunity for us to start providing you with more details of what you can do with MalariaWorld. Here I will explore the features of the Member Map.
Dr. El-Sayed is currently working at the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) in Khartoum, Sudan where she leads the malaria research group. She is responsible for managing malaria research projects, availing national and international financial support for research activities, seeking financial and technical support for rehabilitation and capacity building of the laboratories.
Some of us are Seekers who ask “How? We are called Scientists. Some of us are Seekers who ask “Why?” We are called Believers. Some of us are both.
The boy and the old man sat in the shade of their favorite Neem tree during the oppressive heat of the afternoon. “Uncle, why did the Creator make mosquitoes that swarm around our heads and spread fevers?” asked the boy.
If you work as a malaria researcher, you publish your work in professional magazines. To inform your colleagues around the world about your findings. And the higher (in terms of impact factor) the journal you publish in, the more your work will be valued. But what's more important, the contribution of the work towards solving the malaria problem or a high impact factor?
NIPER has adopted open (rolling) application system for recruitment of faculty. The candidates may submit their applications on prescribed form along with prescribed fee.
This guest editorial was submitted to MalariaWorld by Prof. Maureen Coetzee, Nora Besansky, Alessandra della Torre and Rick Wilkerson.
Comments are invited, please post these directly in the forum section.
THE FIFTH LAW FOR ATTACKING MALARIA IN AFRICA
Before you attack malaria in Africa, look at what the mosquitoes did in Garki, and what the dictator did along the Blue Nile River.
There is a vision currently being researched in mosquito laboratories; the possibility that it may be possible to release mosquitoes containing some genetic factor that would drive through wild populations and disable their capacity to transmit disease. Not likely you say?
Yesterday I gave a talk for the Dialogues house in Amsterdam, which is affiliated to the ABN-AMRO Bank. The audience consisted of people that have no background or experience in malaria. But something funny happened there...
As part of the TH!NK3 blogging competition 'Developing World', I wrote an article last week titled 'The man who saved Brazil'. It was the 11th article I wrote for this endeavour, and I see it as my most important one till now. It is the one I sincerely hope you will read. And let me know how you feel about it.
University Research Co, LLC is implementing a USAID-funded program in Benin, West Africa. An important component of the program focuses on improving malaria mortality and morbidity. Specific objectives include improvement of malaria case management, improved intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, supply chain management, and monitoring and evaluation.
What do data analysis and hitting mules in the head with a board have in common? Too much. Ouch!
Today a new forum topic was launched by Drs Derek Charlwood and Erling Pedersen from DBL in Copenhagen. They argue that pyrethroids should no longer be used for indoor residual spraying and be reserved for use on bednets. What's your opinion?