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Future of Malaria Research Symposium

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The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute hosted the 6th Future of Malaria Research Symposium on November 13, prior to start of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s annual meeting. Early career scientists and emerging leaders in malaria research presented their work in short and long talks. Alfred Amambua Ngwa, ScM, PhD, a Career Development Fellow at the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia, delivered the keynote address. Organized by postdocs and students, the event was held virtually via Zoom and scientists at all career levels attended. 

Keynote Speaker Bio

Program & Abstract Book


8:30 – 8:40 a.m.Peter Agre, Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute
Introduction [VIDEO]
8:40 – 8:55 a.m.Andrew Hammond, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
“Driving down malaria – a journey of gene drive from lab to (semi-) field” [VIDEO]
8:55 – 9:10 a.m.Lenny Ekawati, Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Indonesia
“Defining malaria risks among forest works in Aceh, Indonesia: A formative assessment” [VIDEO]
9:10 – 9:25 a.m.Desalegn Nega, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ethiopia
“Baseline distribution of malaria at the preliminary stage of elimination in Ethiopia: A threat of asymptomatic malaria reservoirs to the program” [see abstract book]
9:25 – 9:40 a.m.Eric Lyimo, National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania 
In Vivo imaging of the buccal mucosa shows loss of the endothelial glycocalyx and perivascular hemorrhages in pediatric Plasmodium falciparum malaria” [VIDEO]
9:40 – 9:55 a.m.Najara Akira Costa dos Santos, Oswaldo Cruz Rondônia Foundation, Brazil
“Diversity and core composition of midgut and salivary gland microbiota of Nyssorhynchus darlingi colonized in the laboratory” [VIDEO]
9:55 – 10:10 a.m.Raquel Furtado, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
“A role for cytolytic memory of CD4+ T cells in the immune response against Plasmodium falciparum malaria” [VIDEO]
10:10 – 10:15 a.m.BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alfred Amambua Ngwa, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia
Malaria parasite communities, evolution and transmission across Africa” [VIDEO]
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.Thais de Oliveira, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
“Population genomics reveals the expansion of highly inbred Plasmodium vivax lineages in the main malaria hotspot of Brazil” [VIDEO]
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.Padmapriya Sekar, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, USA
“Clearance of Plasmodium falciparium-infected red blood cells by NK cells and monocytes" [video unavailable as this time]
11:45 – 12:00 p.m.Abebe Fola, Purdue University, USA
“Genomic analysis of Plasmodium falciparum infections reveal patterns of parasite population connectivity and antimalaria drug resistance across Zambia” [VIDEO]
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.Megan Gliozzi, US Food and Drug Administration, USA
“Identifying the human malaria parasite RNA-protein interactome: going beyond conventional crosslinking” [VIDEO]
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.Ifeoma Ozodiegwu, Northwestern University, USA
“Application of mathematical models to inform national strategic planning in Nigeria” [VIDEO]
12:30 – 12:40 p.m.

Peter Agre closing announcement [VIDEO] | BREAK

12:40 – 1:30 p.m.BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one Zoom meeting.)




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12:45 p.m.

Winter Okoth, Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University, Australia

Ben Katowa, Macha Research Trust, Zambia

Syed Yusuf Mian, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Sana Rahim, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Pakistan

12:50 p.m.

Andrea Conroy, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

Segun Solomon Ogundapo, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Nigeria VIDEO

Hazel Beverly Gwarinda,University of Pretoria, South Africa

Charmaine Chido Matimba, Africa University, Zimbabwe

12:55 p.m.

Youssef Idaghdour, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anne Kessler, New York University, USA

Nicole Page, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Kallista Chan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

1:00 p.m.

Andre Fonseca, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

Jonathan Gmanyami, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Hohoe, Ghana

Ebenezer Addo Ofori, University of Ghana, Ghana

Dipomin Traore, Institut Pierre Richet, Institut National de Santé Publique, Côte d’Ivoire

1:05 p.m.

Massa dit Achille Bonko,Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (IRSS-DRCO), Burkina Faso

Hannah Ehrlich,Yale School of Public Health, USA

Holly Barkwill, US Food and Drug Administration, USA

Mary Gebhardt, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

1:10 p.m.



Lawrence Mylin [Mina Diep and Matthew O'Neil], Messiah University, USA

Maisa Araujo, Fiocruz Rondonia, Brazil

1:15 p.m.

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

Organizing Committee:

Cecilia Springer-Engdahl, Diego Giraldo Sanchez, Jessica Schue, Amy Wesolowski, and Genevieve Williams