Defeating Malaria Field Course & Workshop

Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field Course

With widespread environmental changes and population migrations, malaria has re-emerged and persisted under conditions of poverty in different areas of Latin America. The knowledge base of the molecular and cellular biology of Plasmodium parasites has exploded in the last decade. Still the impact of this knowledge and related research advances to control malaria transmission and disease is limited.

As part of a joint effort with collaborators in Brazil, the Harvard School of Public Health is convening Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field, a new course that explores key aspects of malaria research, including fundamental elements of Plasmodium invasion, homing/latency, and transmission, as well as field-based approaches and testing. Held at the Fiocruz research facility in Porto Velho, Brazil, course enrollment will be capped at 35 graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows from Harvard University (Medical School, School of Public Health, etc.) and from academic institutions in Brazil and Latin America.

At the start of the course, students will participate in a two-day public workshop titled, “Multidisciplinary Malaria Research in the Era of Elimination,” led by internationally renowned scientists and teaching faculty who will present and discuss recent advances in areas of parasite biology, vector biology, entomology, immunology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology. The main focus of the workshop will center on how research findings provide new insights to solve questions related to drug resistance, vector control, clinical management, and control of parasite transmission.

Immediately following the workshop, students will participate in a 4-day course that will be composed of lectures, discussions, site visits, and laboratory work. Lectures will cover aspects of clinical management of malaria patients, interventions to control malaria transmission (and their challenges), and malaria surveillance. Site visits will facilitate the understanding of the diverse ecological settings, and associated challenges regarding access, surveillance, and control of the disease. Sites may include a combination of research laboratories, a malaria reference center, hospitals, riverine communities, and construction sites with intense environmental transformation. Laboratory-based skills training will provide students with hands-on experience of state-of-art technologies and approaches. The course and public workshop are sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, National Institute of Science and Technology for Vaccines, and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel. View course agenda.

Multidisciplinary Malaria Research in the Era of Elimination Workshop
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Porto Velho, Brazil
November 16-18, 2014
*Students accepted into the course will be automatically enrolled to attend the workshop.

Malaria Control: From the Bench to the Field Course
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Porto Velho, Brazil
November 16-21, 2014
View course flyer
**Course enrollment is limited to 35 students. Course Registration Applications are due on Friday, August 29, 2014 by 5pm. Students will be notified of their status by Friday, September 12, 2014. Students accepted into the course will be automatically registered for the public workshop.

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