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Malaria: Immunology, Pathogenesis and Vaccine Perspectives (E3)

Organizer(s) Michael F. Good and Nick M. Anstey
June 8—13, 2008
Alpbach Congress Centrum • Alpbach, Austria
Abstract Deadline: Feb 8, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Mar 11, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Feb 8, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Apr 8, 2008

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
Our increased knowledge in basic immunology is having dramatic repercussions on our understanding of the immune responses to the malaria parasite and how these contribute to parasite resistance and to immunopathogenesis. Consequently, we are refining our classical approach to malaria vaccine development which has been based centrally on production of recombinant proteins of the merozoite or sporozoite surface. While these still represent the major pathway, we can now evaluate our approaches in terms of adjuvants, vectors and prime boost approaches to optimize immune responses and chances of success. Simultaneously, we are re-evaluating approaches based on whole parasites (sporozoites, red cell stages) using attenuated and inactivated organisms. The meeting will bring together world leaders in the three inter-related sub themes and update all attendees on the complex interactions between induction of immune responses and the consequences, both positive (i.e. immunity) and negative (immune dysregulation and disease). We will hear the latest reports on clinical trials for both the leading subunit and whole organismal vaccines in a venue which will see scientists from both developed countries and malaria-endemic countries sharing ideas and planning strategic research collaborations.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: February 8, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • Sufficient background
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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