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Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Event is on Friday, November 12 

Schedule and Abstracts are posted below.

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The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute will host the 7th Future of Malaria Research Symposium on November 12, prior to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s annual meeting. Students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scientists are encouraged to submit an abstract to be considered for a short or long talk. Dr. Etienne Bilgo, Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Sciences at the Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé-IRSS/Centre Muraz will deliver the keynote address. Organized by postdocs and students, the event will be held via Zoom and scientists at all career levels are encouraged to attend.


Once you register, the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute will email your unique Zoom link to use on November 12. The subject line will read "Future of Malaria Research Symposium Confirmation".  


Eastern Standard Time

Speaker, Affiliation
8:30 - 8:40amWelcome: Peter Agre, Johns Hopkins University
8:40 - 8:45amSymposium overview – Victoria Balta, Johns Hopkins University
Moderator: Emma Camacho, Johns Hopkins University
8:45 - 9:00amHenrico Langeveld, University of Pretoria “Novel kinases play an essential role during asexual proliferation of Plasmodium falciparum parasites”
9:00 – 9:15amLeon Mugenzi, Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases “Impacts of a 4.3kb structural variant on gene expression and insecticide resistance phenotype in the malaria vector An. funestus s.s.”
9:15 – 9:30amJulius Lautenbach, Karolinska Institutet “Systems analysis shows a role of cytophilic antibodies in shaping innate tolerance to malaria”
9:30 – 9:45amAnna Strampelli, Imperial College London “A Male-Drive Female-Sterile (MDFS) system in Anopheles gambiae targeting doublesex”
9:45 -10:00amHimanshu Gupta, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “Assessing the use of microRNAs for the diagnosis of severe falciparum malaria”
10:00 – 10:15amJean Erick Massamba, Congolese Foundation for Medical Research “Prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum submicroscopic infection and pregnancy outcomes in Congolese women at delivery”
10:15 – 10:25amBreak
Moderator: Andrew Hammond, Johns Hopkins University
10:25 – 11:30amKEYNOTE LECTURE | Etienne Bilgo, Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé / Centre Muraz “Using transgenic fungi to kill malaria mosquitoes” [VIEW RECORDING]
Moderator: Victoria Balta, Johns Hopkins University
11:30 – 11:45amAudrey Brown, University of Virginia “Broad nutrient stress increases P. falciparum survival of artemisinin”
11:45 – 12noonWillem Laursen, Brandeis University “Up close and personal: Cellular and molecular bases of short-range attraction in Anopheles mosquitoes”
12:00 – 12:15pmHeather Kudyba, National Institutes of Health “Conditional knockdown of essential proteins in P. falciparum Midgut Stages”
12:15 – 12:30pmDiego Giraldo, Johns Hopkins University “A semi-field system for quantitative tracking of Anopheles gambiae olfactory preferences”
12:30 – 12:45pmVEuPathDB Team, “ A platform for sharing and exploring malaria epidemiological datasets”
12:50 – 1:00pmBreak
1:00 – 1:30 pmLIGHTNING TALKS (details below)

LIGHTNING TALKS  | SESSIONS A, B, & C  |  1:00 – 1:30 pm EST
Zoom link  Passcode will be announced during the 12:55pm break.

Moderators: Andrew Hammond, Johns Hopkins University and Anna Strampelli, Imperial College London
Awosolu Oluwaseun, Universiti Sains Malaysia "Trends in falciparum malaria prevalence, parasite density and associated risk factors in Akure, Southwestern Nigeria: An implication for malaria elimination "
William Garrood, Imperial College London "Assessing off-target effects of CRISPR-Cas9 based gene drives in Anopheles gambiae"
Jacques Gnambani, Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS) "Heritable cultivable bacteria associated to wild Anopheles gambiae s.l. in Burkina Faso for paratransgenic control perspectives of malaria "
Rosalia Nghitalesheni Joseph, University of Namibia, "Evaluation of neonicotinoid (Fludora fusion and SumiShield) insecticides against pyrethroid -resistant Anopheles gambiae s.l. in Zambezi region, Namibia"
Mbama Ntabi Jacques Dollon, Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale (FCRM) "Prevalence of non-falciparum malaria in individuals living in south of Brazzaville and its surroundings in Republic of Congo"
Rebecca Rosenberg, Johns Hopkins University "VectorCAM: a low cost hand held tool for automated, rapid morphological identification of mosquito species"
Moderators: Victoria Balta, Johns Hopkins University and Audrey Brown, University of Virginia
Mariko Kanai, Columbia University “Identification of a novel determinant associated with quinine resistance in a Plasmodium falciparum genetic cross”
Heather Colvin, Wake Forest University “An ex vivo model of oxidatively stressed red blood cells demonstrates a role for exogenous amino acids in enhancing bystander red blood cell function and morphology in malaria”
James McLellan, University of Texas at San Antonio “Single-cell quantitative bioimaging of P. berghei liver stage translation”
Frank Addae, University of Ghana “Evaluating the effects of sorbitol synchronization of clinical isolates of Plasmodium falciparum on their susceptibility to antimalarial compounds”
Kyle McLean, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) “A modular cloning system for high efficiency production of Plasmodium falciparum transfection vectors”
Deepti Shrivastava, Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR) “Mitochondrial multidrug resistant transporter (MDR6) and its interaction with the ISC pathway in Plasmodium falciparum”
Laura M. Hagenah, Columbia University “Modeling the emergence of piperaquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Africa”
Moderators: Emma Camacho, Johns Hopkins University and Manuela Runge, Northwestern University
Abdou KDJ Fall, Université de Paris “Influence of opsonizing antibodies to Plasmodium falciparum merozoites in the control of asymptomatic malaria infection in Beninese children”
Victoria Shelus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Inappropriate sales of antimalarials in private-sector drug shops in rural Uganda”
Hongquan Li, Stanford University “Octopi: a ready-to-deploy high-throughput imaging solution for malaria management and malaria research”
Lucie Jelinkova, University of New Mexico “Virus-like particle-based malaria vaccine displaying the L9 epitope of the circumsporozoite protein confers sterilizing protection in a mouse challenge model”
Caroline Abanto Alvarez, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia “Factors associated with asymptomatic recurrences due to Plasmodium vivax infection after radical cure treatment in communities in the Peruvian Amazon”
Sophie Bérubé, Johns Hopkins University “Distinct antibody responses to Plasmodium antigens reveal candidate biomarkers of the intensity and timing of past exposure to malaria”
Hannah L. Markle, Johns Hopkins University “Comparison of overnight to early evening malaria vector collections in indoor setting in Nchelenge District, Zambia”

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