12th EMBL Conference BioMalPar: Biology and Pathology of the Malaria Parasite 2016 Heidelberg

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  • The 12th Bio­Ma­l­Par Con­fer­ence will be held in Hei­del­berg, Ger­many on May 1820, 2016. The event will carry the theme “Biol­ogy and Pathol­ogy of the Malaria Par­a­site” and is organ­ised by the Euro­pean Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory (EMBL).

    Malaria remains one of the most sig­nif­i­cant global pub­lic health chal­lenges, with more than 300 mil­lion clin­i­cal cases world-​wide each year. The lack of an effec­tive licensed vac­cine and the con­tin­ual emer­gence of drug-​resistant malaria par­a­sites make the search for new con­trol and pre­ven­tion strate­gies more impor­tant than ever. Malaria research is a highly col­lab­o­ra­tive field that thrives on the shar­ing of unique resources, tech­nolo­gies and bio­log­i­cal advances. The open and early shar­ing of the these and estab­lish­ment of new col­lab­o­ra­tions is crit­i­cal if those advances are to be trans­lated into pub­lic health impact.


    This con­fer­ence will address fun­da­men­tal ques­tions of the biol­ogy of the malaria par­a­site, its vec­tor, the (immune) response of the host and the dis­ease that it causes, and will show­case the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal approaches. This will be the 12th Bio­Ma­l­Par con­fer­ence at EMBL Hei­del­berg. The con­fer­ence series has built on the suc­cess of the EU funded Net­works of Excel­lence, Evi­MalaR and Bio­Ma­l­Par, and has for the last decade brought together malaria researchers from across Europe with their col­leagues and col­lab­o­ra­tors from around the world, to present and share recent ground­break­ing find­ings on fun­da­men­tal malaria research in an inte­grated and highly col­lab­o­ra­tive environment.

    There are two major objec­tives for the con­fer­ence. The first is to offer an oppor­tu­nity for shar­ing ideas and for the devel­op­ment of new world­wide col­lab­o­ra­tions. The sec­ond objec­tive is to serve as a train­ing oppor­tu­nity for the next gen­er­a­tion of malaria researchers, as well as sci­en­tists from malaria endemic coun­tries. Speak­ing ses­sions will focus on offer­ing speak­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for early stage researchers, and the meet­ing struc­ture includes mul­ti­ple par­al­lel “meet the inves­ti­ga­tor” dis­cus­sion pan­els as well as ses­sion focus­ing on non-​academic careers in malaria and beyond. We hope that the meet­ing will inspire the next gen­er­a­tion of malaria sci­en­tists, and deepen the fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tive links between the broader research community.

    Keynote Speak­ers

    • Adri­anus Don­dorp – Mahidol-​Oxford Trop­i­cal Med­i­cine Research Unit, Uni­ver­sity of Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Mar­garet Feeney – Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco, United States of America
    • Anthony A. James – Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine, United States of America
    • Leann Tilley – The Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne, Australia


    Sci­en­tific pre­sen­ta­tions will be related to the fol­low­ing four main themes:

    • Immuno­bi­ol­ogy and pathophysiology
    • Par­a­site mol­e­c­u­lar and cell biology
    • Vec­tor par­a­site interactions
    • Com­pu­ta­tional and Sys­tems Biology

    In keep­ing with the tra­di­tions of Bio­Ma­l­Par and Evi­MalaR, with their empha­sis on train­ing and net­work­ing, the meet­ing will focus on allow­ing plenty of speak­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for early stage researchers. Inter­ac­tions with inter­na­tional lead­ers will be encour­aged through three dynamic poster ses­sions and numer­ous net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, to fos­ter the devel­op­ment of new col­lab­o­ra­tions worldwide.


    Sci­en­tific Organisers

    • George K. Christophides – Impe­r­ial Col­lege Lon­don, United Kingdom
    • Faith OsierKEMRI — Well­come Trust Research Pro­gramme, Kenya
    • Anja Scholzen – Rad­boud Uni­ver­sity Med­ical Cen­tre (Rad­boudumc), The Netherlands
    • Till Voss – Swiss Trop­i­cal and Pub­lic Health Insti­tute, Switzerland

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