Keystone Symposia and the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA), whose secretariat is hosted by ISGlobal, are organising “Malaria in the Era of COVID-19”, a virtual symposium to be held on 16 and 17 March. The symposium will provide an opportunity for the malaria community to come together and share the latest developments and challenges in the field. This initiative comes at a time when COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the advancement of science, with many projects coming to a standstill—and malaria research has been no exception.
The scientific organisers of this online event are Regina Rabinovich, Director of the Malaria Elimination Initiative at ISGlobal and Chair of the MESA Alliance, and Abdisalan Noor, leader of the Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The symposium programme will feature nearly 20 leading figures from the malaria ecosystem, including Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme; Sam M. Kinyanjui, director of the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) and head of training and capacity building at the KEMRI-Wellcome Research Programme, and Ifeyinwa Aniebo, Takemi Fellow at the School of Public Health from Harvard University and an associated scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
In addition to discussing the latest developments in malaria—frompublic health interventions to new applications of science in global health decision-making —the programme will also encourage debate around hot topics such as the impact of open access publishing and funding priorities in science. Attendees will have the chance to connect with professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and discuss about the dynamic nature of a career in malaria as well as the myriad of paths to discover.
For more information and to register, click here: www.mesamalaria.org/updates/malaria-era-covid19-virtual
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