Message from the organizers
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Fellow Parasitologists,
Alan F. Cowman
Keynote Speaker MPM XXXIV
Exploring the Biology of the Malaria Parasite – Some Successes & Failures
Alan F. Cowman is Deputy Director at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne., Australia. He did his undergraduate degrees at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia followed by a PhD at WEHI. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at University of California – Berkeley with Gerry Rubin working on Drosophila he returned to WEHI and developed a laboratory studying malaria. He has worked on malaria for over 30 years and published over 360 papers on infection and pathogenesis to understand the function of proteins in Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of the most severe form of malaria. The aim of his laboratory is to understand the function of proteins involved in the development of the malaria parasite. His laboratory collaborates with Merck USA to discover / develop novel antimalarials and a clinical candidate is currently in first in human clinical trials.
Plenary Speaker MPM XXXIV
Francine Ntoumi, Ph.D., serves as the President and co-founder of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research and leads its Research Center for infectious diseases in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. She is Professor of molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases at the Institute of Tropical medicine, University of Tübingen. She has a long-standing record of research investigations on malaria in Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon and rep of Congo.
Since 2009, Ntoumi has been highly involved in developing health research capacities in Central Africa through the coordination of the Central Africa clinical research network (CANTAM) and since 2018 leading the Pan-African Network for Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Epidemics consortium (PANDORA-Id-Net). She is also highly engaged in promoting gender balance in science in the African region through an important program, “To make Science, a female ambition.”
Ntoumi is member of several scientific and advisory committees and is involved in many international scientific networks in Africa, Europe, and the United States. She is a fellow of the African Academy of Science.
In recognition of her efforts in developing research capacities in Africa, Prof. Ntoumi received many awards including the prestigious African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Award for women (2012), The Georg Forster Prize (Germany, 2015), the Christophe Merieux Prize (France), the Congolese Gold Medal in Science (2016) and the German federal Cross of Merit (2022). She has been acknowledged as Officer of Congolese Merit (2022) and in August 2023, she has been recognized as the public health Champion by the World Health Organization.
MPM 2023 travel award selection has been completed and awardees notified.
MPM 2023 organizers
Save the date: September 17-21, 2023
Abstract submission deadline: June 19, 2023
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