Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria

5–8 June 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


We are pleased to announce the 6th Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria
conference. This meeting provides a common forum for malaria scientists
and clinicians working at the interface of genome science and technology,
epidemiology, and statistical and population genetics, with an interest
in understanding the clinical and biological consequences of genome
variation in malaria-exposed populations.

This year’s conference will explore the genomic epidemiology of the host,
vector and parasite, highlighting the practical relevance to malaria
control and elimination, including anti-malarial drug resistance,
insecticide resistance, vaccine design, epidemiological modelling and
mechanisms of protective immunity.


The conference will start at approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 5 June and
close with the conference dinner on Tuesday, 7 June with departures on
Wednesday morning, 8 June 2016.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Genomic variation
  • Genomic epidemiology of the host, parasite and vector
  • Epidemiology modelling
  • Drug resistance
  • Vector biology
  • Tools for control and elimination
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Capacity building

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Philip Bejon KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme,
Abdoulaye Djimde
University of Science Techniques &
Technologies of Bamako, Mali
Arjen Dondorp
Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit,
Dominic Kwiatkowski
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute &
University of Oxford, UK
Mara Lawniczak
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Bronwyn MacInnis
Broad Institute, USA
Dyann Wirth
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Confirmed speakers

Sarah Auburn Menzies School of Health
Research, Australia
Gordon Awandare
University of Ghana, Ghana
Gavin Band, University of Oxford, UK
Alyssa Barry Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical
Research, Australia
Zbynek Bozdech Nanyang Technological University,
Austin Burt Imperial College London, UK
Ian Cheeseman Texas Biomedical Research Institute,
David Conway London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine, UK
Abdoulaye Djimde University of Science, Techniques and
Technologies of Bamako, Mali
Arjen Dondorp Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research
Unit, Thailand
Philip Eckhoff Institute for Disease Modeling, USA
Rick Fairhurst NIAID, NIH, USA
Daniel Hupalo New York University, USA
Jonathan Juliano University of North Carolina School of
Medicine, USA
Melissa Kapulu KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme,
Tovi Lehmann NIAID, NIH, USA
Didier Menard Institute Pasteur, Cambodia
Alistair Miles University of Oxford, UK
Alfred Amambua Ngwa MRC Gambia Unit, The Gambia
Chris Ockenhouse New York University, UA
Dave Smith University of Oxford, UK
Brandy St. Laurent NIH NIAID, USA
Venkatachalam Udhayakumar Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, USA
Wesley Wong Harvard University, USA

Further speakers to be announced shortly.

Conference organiser
Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £334.00
Student On site twin accommodation £483.00
Student On site single accommodation £577.00
Academic No accommodation £434.00
Academic On site twin accommodation £583.00
Academic On site single accommodation £677.00
Commercial No accommodation £534.00
Commercial On site twin accommodation £683.00
Commercial On site single accommodation £777.00


The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
booked accommodation.

Registration deadline: Closed

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 5, 6 & 7 June
. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and
this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore,
early registration is recommended.

If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

There will be a professional photographer present at the GEM meeting.
Therefore, please note that any photographs taken at the GEM meeting may
be shown to the general public in all forms of media including all forms
of publications, journals, on-line publications, websites conference
materials and social media and that this could be distributed anywhere in
the world. While there is no certainty that the material will be selected
for use in publications or displays, attendance or participation in the
GEM meeting constitutes consent to the this use with no expectation of
compensation.  A copy will be archived with MalariaGEN.

Travel visas
Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
confirmed registrants.

Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
visa to enter the UK.
Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
or longer.

Please visit the following websites for further information:
UK Border Agency website:

Information for general visitors and business visitors:


Bursaries are available from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, MRC Centre for
Genomics and Global Health and Wellcome Genomic Genome Campus Scientific
Conferences programme.

Bursary Deadline: Closed


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
selected for an oral or poster presentation.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

Abstract deadline: Closed

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

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