Advances in Plasmodium vivax Malaria Research
May 28 - 29, 2013 Barcelona, Spain
Presented by The New York Academy of Sciences, the "la Caixa" Foundation, B-DEBATE, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB)
Malaria accounts for approximately 250 million clinical cases and nearly 1 million deaths annually, mostly in children, in 109 countries. There has been growing evidence that Plasmodium vivax is the most widely distributed malaria parasite, responsible for a significant burden of global disease and accounting for the majority of malaria cases in Latin America and Asia. Despite the increasing awareness that the overall burden, economic impact, and severity of P. vivax disease have been underestimated, this species remains underrepresented in the scientific literature and professional fora.
This 2-day conference will convene a global community of researchers to discuss P. vivax molecular biology and genomics, host–parasite interactions, novel research techniques (e.g., 'omics) to overcome barriers to in vitro, in vivo, and clinical study of P. vivax; drug resistance and drug discovery; and recent clinical trial and in-field efforts in P. vivax prevention, treatment, control, and elimination.