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Gordon Research Conference

The Basic Science of Malaria: A Springboard for New Approaches to Control and Elimination


July 2-7, 2017


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information


Maria Mota

Vice Chair:
Peter D. Crompton

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 4, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

New tools and strategies are needed to accelerate progress toward malaria control and elimination. To successfully meet this challenge we need a clearer understanding of the complex interplay between the Plasmodium parasite, its mosquito vector and the vertebrate host it infects. The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Malaria will focus on the biology of Plasmodium infection at every stage of the parasite's life cycle. To set the stage for a thought-provoking meeting, the program is composed of both malaria and non-malaria scientists at the forefront of their fields. We hope to stimulate innovative ideas and collaborations by providing a forum to discuss cutting edge basic malaria research as well as recent advances in non-malaria fields with potential relevance to malaria. The conference will be preceded by the Malaria Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) from July 1-2, 2017 targeted at graduate students, post-docs and junior scientists.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Malaria" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 2, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Progress and Next Steps in Understanding the Parasite, Vector and Host
    (Maria Mota / Chris Karp / Carolina Barillas-Mury / Fidel Zavala / Alan Cowman)
  • Within the Mosquito Vector, Basic Biology
    (Carolina Barillas-Mury / Elena Levashina / Flaminia Catteruccia / Oliver Billker)
  • Beyond the Bench of the Plasmodium-Anopheles Interactions
    (Flaminia Catteruccia / Alessandra della Torre / George Dimopolous / Anthony James)
  • Basic Biology of the Pre-Erythrocytic Stages
    (Stefan Kappe / Ian Cockburn / Olivier Silvie / Photini Sinnis)
  • The Pre-Erythrocytic Stages, Beyond the Bench
    (Photini Sinnis / Charles Rice / Elizabeth Winzeler / Stefan Kappe)
  • Malaria Blood Stage Biology
    (Rick Fairhurst / John Harty / Judy Lieberman / Jacquin Niles / Wai-Hong Tham / Leann Tilley)
  • Blood Stage Malaria Biology Moved Forward
    (Wai-Hong Tham / Galit Alter / Simon Draper / Rick Fairhurst)
  • Malaria Is Not Alone: The Role of the Microbiome and Co-Infection in the Vector and Host
    (Peter Crompton / Yasmine Belkaid / Nathan Schmidt / Miguel Soares)
  • Enabling Tools for Malaria Research
    (Oliver Billker / Kirsten Hanson)
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