Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria

18–20 September 2024

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual

A forum for understanding the clinical and biological consequences of genome variation in malaria parasites, their vectors and human hosts

Summary

We are pleased to announce the 9th Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria conference. This meeting provides a common forum for malaria scientists, clinicians, and public health professionals 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. The conference will bring researchers from across the globe working on various aspects of human, parasite and mosquito genetics together with policy makers to focus on how new biological insights can be used to control malaria.

The elimination of malaria is one of the greatest challenges facing modern medical science, and has been hindered by growing levels of diagnostic and insecticide resistance, invasive vector species and the lack of a highly efficacious vaccine. Knowledge of genome variation in the host, parasite and vector populations is important to overcome these and other obstacles to malaria elimination.

The meeting will explore the genomic epidemiology of the host, vector and parasite, highlighting the practical relevance to malaria control and elimination, including impact on long-term and novel diagnostics and control measures, such as anti-malarial drug therapies, insecticide resistance and vaccines.

This interdisciplinary conference will be a hybrid meeting – with onsite or virtual attendance. The programme will also include short oral presentations from submitted abstracts, poster sessions, poster pitch talks, panel discussions and plenty of opportunities for networking at this highly interactive meeting.

Programme

The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday 18 September and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday 20 September 2024. All times are in BST/GMT. See the time where you are here.

Discussions will focus on a variety of exciting topics on various aspects of malaria, including:

  • Spatiotemporal genomic epidemiology of parasites and vectors
  • Drug, diagnostic and insecticide resistance
  • Global response to biological threats – translation and policy implications
  • Genomic studies of species interactions
  • Extending the malaria data toolkit towards a genomic analysis ecosystem
  • Transmission and genetic surveillance of malaria: new methods, analyses and resources
  • Vector and parasite species of emerging importance

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Sarah Auburn
Menzies School of Health Research, Australia

Deus Ishengoma
National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania

Dan Neafsey
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Mara Lawniczak
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Confirmed speakers

Will be announced shortly

Organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science

Jemma Hume – Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin – Head of Scientific Meetings and Digital Learning

 

Registration and accommodation

Registration deadline 13 August (in person) |10 September (virtual)

Deadlines close 23.59 BST

In-person Registration
Fee
Student/trainee £396
Academic/non-profit organisation £496
Healthcare professional £496
Commercial/for-profit organisation £596
Onsite accommodation £204

The in-person registration fee includes:

  • Full access to scientific programme: oral and poster presentations, and networking on campus
  • Access to the online conference portal to network with online participants
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked onsite accommodation.
  • Recordings of the live-stream sessions, which will be available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends
Virtual Registration Fee
Delegates from LMICs* Free
Student/trainee £55
Academic/non-profit organisation £105
Healthcare professional £105
Commercial/for-profit organisation £165

Virtual registration fee includes:

  • Access to the virtual event portal (Log in details will be emailed a few days before the event starts)
  • Live-stream sessions, including posters and online networking channels
  • Recordings of the live-stream sessions, available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends.

* To promote more inclusive scientific discussions with international colleagues at our conferences, virtual delegates based in Lower and Middle-Income Countries can register for free (see list of countries here).

If you are an editor or journalist, please contact the conference organiser for more information about the discounted fee.

Accommodation
Booked accommodation is for the nights of 18 and 19 September 2024.
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 campus accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre directly.

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Travel visas
Citizens of many countries can travel to the UK to attend a course or conference without needing a visa.

Please check the UK government website for visitor information: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor.

Confirmed attendees requiring a letter to support a visa application should contact the event organiser.

Financial assistance

Bursaries

Bursary deadline: 14 May 2024 at 23.59 BST

A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this conference in person (up to 50% of the registration fee). Priority will be given to PhD students submitting abstracts who are facing financial barriers.

To apply, please use the dedicated bursary application link on the registration site. Please answer the bursary-related questions and submit an abstract before midnight UK time on the bursary deadline for your application to be considered.

Additional funding opportunities

Visit our support page for information on financial support, including carer grants to help delegates with the costs of caring for children or dependent family members while attending a course or a conference.

Abstracts

Abstract deadline: 4 June 2024 at 23.59 BST

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. Presenters of oral presentations as expected to be onsite for the duration of the conference, whereas those presenting posters can do so in person or virtually.

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. You can make changes to your submitted abstract before of the deadline by logging into your account and following the instructions

If you have already completed your registration and subsequently wish to submit an abstract, or wish to submit a second abstract, please follow these instructions.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected to present 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; poster board numbers will be allocated at the conference. All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

Sponsors

If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact us.

For more information about the benefits of having a presence at this meeting, see  our sponsorship page.

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