To accelerate progress towards malaria control and elimination, new tools and strategies driven by cutting edge basic and applied research are needed. The 2021 Gordon Research Conference on Malaria will bring together leading scientists to discuss the most recent advances on the biology of Plasmodium infection across parasite life cycle stages in the hosts, human-parasite-mosquito interactions, virulence mechanisms, immunology and pathogenesis. The meeting will provide a forum to discuss exciting unpublished research on all human malaria parasites, with an emphasis on work that contributes to the development of drugs, vaccines and novel interventions. To promote the sharing of unpublished work, selected talks will be chosen from submitted abstracts. The program will emphasize the inclusion of young investigators and scientists from malaria-endemic countries, and will provide a stimulating environment where students, postdoctoral fellows and junior investigators can present and discuss their research with colleagues representing broad swath of the malaria research community. The meeting offers an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of the most recent developments in both basic and applied research on malaria, and to learn about new approaches to control and eliminate malaria in different parts of the world. In 2021, the Malaria GRC will include the Power Hour, an open forum for all conferees to raise awareness of challenges women and all underrepresented groups face in science, to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion, and to identify ways of building steps forward. The conference will be preceded by the Malaria Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) from May 29-30, 2021 targeted at graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior scientists.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Global Health Initiatives and Elimination Strategies Against Malaria
- Visualizing Malaria Pathogenesis
- Malaria Therapeutics Using Human Challenge Trials
- Vector Biology and Control
- Parasite and Host Biology
- Radical Cure and Silent Reservoirs
- Drug Discovery and Drug Resistance
- Next-Generation Biologics in Malaria Treatment
- Rhythms, Sensing and Seasons in Malaria Infection