The Malaria GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
Despite significant reductions in the global malaria burden in the last decade, achieving global malaria eradication depends on the development of novel tools and strategies. A more thorough understanding of the complex relationships between the parasite, the human host, and the mosquito vector is needed. The 2023 Malaria GRS will provide an opportunity for early career investigators to present unpublished work on topics including the biology of Plasmodium parasites, vector biology, host-parasite interactions, immune responses, molecular mechanisms of virulence and resistance, pathophysiology, epidemiology, asymptomatic reservoirs, and transmission dynamics. All participants will have the opportunity to present either a poster or short talk.
By providing a forum to discuss cutting edge malaria research, we hope to stimulate innovative ideas, collaborations and new research directions that will translate to novel drugs, vaccines, and other clinical applications. The seminar’s collegial atmosphere and focus on graduate students, post-docs, and other junior scientists will further strengthen community among attendees. We will particularly work to support and encourage participation by researchers from malaria endemic countries, including making travel awards available. Scientific discussions, as well as a career development panel, will be facilitated by selected junior scientists and senior scientist mentors.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by February 19, 2023. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.