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Vectors, Pathogens and Diseases: Current Trends and Emerging Challenges (T1)


Organizer(s) Maureen Coetzee, Josiane Etang, Stephen Torr and Scott L. O'Neill
September 10—14, 2017
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Discounted Abstract Deadline: May 11, 2017
Abstract Deadline: Jun 13, 2017
Scholarship Deadline: May 11, 2017
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jul 11, 2017

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
The elimination or eradication of several vector-borne diseases – including malaria, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis and trypanosomiasis – is high on the research agenda of the World Health Organization. Sustainable vector control is currently the only mass prevention strategy. However, success is hampered by many challenges posed by both the vectors and the pathogens. These challenges include insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and drug resistance in parasites, with little on the immediate horizon to alleviate these problems. Insecticide and drug resistance are two parallel phenomena in vectors and parasites. While combination drugs have been developed to overcome parasite resistance to monotherapies, only four classes of insecticides are available for vector control. The unexpected emergence of arboviruses, such as Zika in Brazil and southeast Asia, yellow fever in southern Africa, and Dengue and Chikungunya, pose their own unique challenges. This conference will address the difficulties in “going the final mile” to achieve elimination, in terms of surveillance, capacity and funding. Key goals of the conference are to: 1) Review the latest scientific knowledge on vectors and pathogens that are responsible for emerging or re-emerging diseases; 2) Address innovative methods for the control or elimination of vector-borne diseases; and 3) Enhance awareness of the landscape of vector-borne diseases and related new scientific knowledge aiming at improving the health of vulnerable human populations. It also seeks to break down the “insect silos” in which the vector-borne disease research community too commonly operates, providing a forum for researchers to interact, create networks and partnerships, exchange ideas, and think creatively across disciplines.

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Scholarships/Awards

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship Recipients

Celso Antonio Alafo
Manhica Health Research Center, Mozambique

David Koffi
Pasteur Institute of Cote d'Ivoire, Côte D'Ivoire

Benson Otarigho
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Kolapo Oyebola
Medical Rsearch Council, The Gambia, Gambia

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funded by Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Adebiyi Abdulhakeem Adeniran
Center for Genomics Biotechnology, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico

Jewelna E.B. Akorli
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana

Voahangy Andrianaivoarimanana
Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Madagascar

Benoît Sessinou Assogba
Medical Research Council, The Gambia, Gambia

Yetunde Adedolapo Ayinuola
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Ebere Emilia Ayogu
University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Jared Sylivester Bakuza
Dar es Salaam University College of Education, Tanzania

Meshesha Balkew
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Mobolaji Olufunmilayo Bankole
Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria

Ramesh Ravtabhai Chaudhari
Nirma University, India

Inocência Augusto Cuamba
Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhica, Mozambique

Tanwee Das De
National Institute of Malaria Research, India

Thais Crippa de Oliveira
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Mahamadou Diakite
Malaria Research and Training Center, Mali

Titilope Modupe Dokunmu
Covenant University, Nigeria

Anna Karoline Aguiar Fleuri
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Lemu Golassa
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Jessy Marlène Goupeyou Youmsi
Pasteur Institute of Madagascar, Madagascar

Raygaana Jacobs
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Margaret Oluwatoyin Japhet
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Kamani Joshua
National Veterinary Research Institute, Nigeria

Natapong Jupatanakul
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand

Alinune Nathanael Kabaghe
University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Malawi

Enid Kabugho
Makerere University-JHU Research Collaboration, Uganda

Titus Kimutai Kwambai
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya

Cecilia Elorm Lekpor
University of Ghana, Ghana

Ishaya Yohanna Longdet
University of Jos, Nigeria

Lucas Sousa Magalhaes
Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil

Damaris Kwamboka Matoke-Muhia
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya

Henrietta Esi Mensah-Brown
University of Ghana, Ghana

Dominique Ngninpogni Mieguim
University of Yaoundé, Cameroon

Mayank Pankajbhai Modi
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India

Collins Misita Morang'a
Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project, Kenya

Elisha Muchunga Mugo
Heidelberg University, Germany

Janelisa Musaya
University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Malawi

Beth K. Mutai
Kenya Medical Research Institute - Walter Reed Project, Kenya

Faith Elizabeth Nanyonga
University of Queensland, Australia

Iliya Shehu Ndams
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Tshifhiwa Nefefe
Agricultural Research Council, South Africa

Desalegn Nega Wada
Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ethiopia

James Mwangi Njunge
Kemri-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

Agnes Ntoumba
University of Douala, Cameroon

Josphat N. Nyataya
US Army Medical Research Directorate- Kenya, Kenya

Vincent Obanda
Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya

Eric Ochomo
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya

Joel Odero
International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya

Abiola Olubunmi Ogunenika
Ministry of Health, Nigeria

Grace I. Olasehinde
Covenant University, Nigeria

Akinola Stephen Oluwole
Sightsavers, Nigeria

Anyebe Bernard Onoja
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Mercy Opiyo
Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Mohammad Ali Oshaghi
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Olubukola Abibat Owolodun
University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Manju Rahi
Indian Council of Medical Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India

Sumit Rathore
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Danielle Rodrigues Ribeiro
Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil

Musa Oyewole Salawu
University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Jagbir Singh
National Institute of Malaria Research, India

Sujatha Sunil
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Mabel Laline Taracena
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala

Lizzie Bridget Tchongwe
Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust, Malawi

Muyideen Kolapo Tijani
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Anil Kumar Verma
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Sonam Vijay
National Institute of Malaria Research, India

Saba Zouari Zouari
Pasteur Institute of Tunis, Tunisia