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Happy New Year! Getting serious about GMO risks in 2011

January 1, 2011 - 23:34 -- Mark Benedict

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.

 

 

Natural products for malaria vector control: flora, fish and fungi

December 28, 2010 - 17:16 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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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.

Elimination and the risk of malaria coming back afterwards

December 3, 2010 - 06:32 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

E-interview with Prof. Brian Greenwood (UK, 1938)

November 28, 2010 - 20:55 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

A green alternative for adult malaria mosquito control: How long to go?

November 23, 2010 - 14:32 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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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.



CLOSED: Job: Research Assistant - Molecular Parasitology

November 11, 2010 - 19:31 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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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.

Development of artemisinin

November 10, 2010 - 15:17 -- Wallace Peters
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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".

Short flight for mosquitoes; giant step for genetic control

November 4, 2010 - 22:50 -- Mark Benedict

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?

Guilt by association: GM Mosquito = Monsanto Profits

September 26, 2010 - 23:16 -- Mark Benedict

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?

Vestergaard-Frandsen and MalariaWorld support Kenyan children's home

September 26, 2010 - 23:00 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

 

CLOSED Job: Post-Doc in Vector Chemosensory Neurobiology & Behavior, Vanderbilt University, USA

September 24, 2010 - 21:58 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

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.

Book: Olfaction in vector-host interactions

August 5, 2010 - 19:49 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

DFID ready to receive your views on how to tackle malaria

August 5, 2010 - 13:38 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

Using the Member Map of MalariaWorld

July 22, 2010 - 18:50 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

E-interview with Dr. Badria El-Sayed (Sudan, 1969)

July 4, 2010 - 18:54 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

Why mosquitoes?

June 19, 2010 - 12:58 -- William Jobin

SEEKING
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.

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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.

Publishing in 2010: Are we ready for Open Access 2.0?

June 13, 2010 - 19:49 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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?

Guest Editorial: On naming the Anopheles gambiae M and S forms

June 10, 2010 - 20:44 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

One man’s mosquito trash is another man’s malaria treasure

June 7, 2010 - 19:46 -- Mark Benedict

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?

Tools, tools, tools...but what about strategy?

May 30, 2010 - 11:26 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

CLOSED: Job: Malaria Advisor - Benin, International Division, University Research Co., LLC

May 23, 2010 - 21:34 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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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.

Should pyrethroids be banned for Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS)?

May 20, 2010 - 11:41 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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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?

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