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BioMalPar XVIII: biology and pathology of the malaria parasite – Course and Conference Office

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BioMalPar XVIII: biology and pathology of the malaria parasite

Overview

This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 terms and conditions.

Conference overview

Malaria remains one of the most significant global public health challenges, with more than 200 million clinical cases worldwide each year. The lack of a vaccine that provides effective long-term protection and the continual emergence of drug-resistant malaria parasites emphasises the need for new control and prevention strategies.

This need for innovation has become even more apparent with the disruption of global malaria control programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential reversal of gains made over the last few decades, highlighted through a marked increase in malaria deaths in 2020.

The generation of fundamental knowledge lies at the heart of developing new tools and innovations for malaria intervention. The malaria research community has a long history of being a highly collaborative field, reliant on diverse technologies, sharing of resources and dissemination of biological advances made. Now more than ever it is important that we take advantage of the full diversity of the malaria scientific community to share the advances of cross-disciplinary work that are vital for the translation of new ideas into public health impact.

BioMalPar XVIII will showcase the multidisciplinary nature of malaria research with a programme that welcomes clinical malaria, epidemiological studies, immunology, and evolution and ecology alongside core BioMalPar topics. The programme focuses on early-mid career researchers to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which have been particularly acute for these stages.

Session topics

  • Clinical and field studies
  • Systems biology, from molecules to cells, physiology and pathobiology
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Immunology and vaccinology
  • Transmission and vector – parasite interactions
  • New topics and tools for malaria research and future innovation

What past participants say

‘Just what I needed: great speakers, and I got a lot out of it. If you are passionate about parasite biology this is one event you should not miss. Special thanks to EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme for providing financial assistance to attend the meeting.’

Sunil Narwal CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India

‘Biomalpar 2021 was an excellent platform for a fresh PhD student like me to get exposure to various interesting research topics in malaria. I am very happy and grateful to join and totally pumped with ideas after this year conference. Thank you EMBL for this precious opportunity and see you again next year!’

Tra Nguyen, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Richard Idro

Makerere University School of Medicine

Uganda

Nicole Mideo

University of Toronto

Canada

(Virtual Speaker)

Ana Rivero

MIVEGEC (CNRS – Université de Montpellier – IRD)

France

Scientific Organisers

Emeritus Steering Group Members

Conference Organiser

Programme

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  • Recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event.
  • All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.
Day 1 – Monday 23 May 2022
TimeSpeaker
09:15-10:45Registration and refreshments
10:45-11:00Opening remarks
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
 Scientific session 1 – Systems biology of malaria: molecules, cells, physiology and pathobiology
Chairs: Jessica Bryant and Maria Inês Moreira Oliveira Leite Marreiros
11:00-11:30The road to persistence_ how Plasmodium falciparum survives the dry season
Silvia Portugal – Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
11:30-11:45Phase separation of plasmodial centrins shines new light on a universal centrosome protein
Yannik Voß – Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
11:45-12:00Functional characterization of P. vivax genes preferentially expressed in the human bone marrow and spleen through CRISPR-Cas9 editing
Alberto Ayllon-Hermida – ISGlobal – IGTP, Spain
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
12:00-12:15Organelle autonomy: protein turnover and biogenesis of the apicoplast in malaria parasites
Anat Florentin – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
12:15-12:45A role for exogenous amino acids in enhancing red blood cell function in the oxidative environment of acute malaria
Regina Joice Cordy – Wake Forest University, USA (Virtual Speaker)
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
12:45-14:15Lunch and Meet the speakers with:
Silvia Portugal, Yannik Voß, Alberto Ayllon-Hermida, Anat Florentin
 Scientific session 2 – Evolution and ecology 
Chairs: Arthur Talman and Juliana Cudini
14:15-14:45Malaria drug resistance and vector transmission
Ana Rivero – MIVEGEC (CNRS – Université de Montpellier – IRD), France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:45-15:00Host cell preference of asexual and sexual malaria parasites in naturally-infected carriers
Christelle Ngou Maffo – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:00-15:15Investigating the link between parasite rhythms and virulence in P. chabaudi
Aliz Owolabi – The University of Edinburgh, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:15-15:45The evolutionary ecology of malaria transmission, a parasite’s perspective
Nicole Mideo – University of Toronto, Canada (Virtual Speaker)
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:45-16:30Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Ana Rivero, Christelle Ngou Maffo , Aliz Owolabi

Virtual Meet the speakers with:
Regina Joice Cordy and Nicole Mideo
Access from the conference platform
16:30-17:00Flash talks 1 (3 minutes each)

– Virtual Poster #3 – Clemente Arias – Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, Spain (Virtual Presenter)
– Virtual Poster #5 – Evelien Bunnik – University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, USA (Virtual Presenter)
– Virtual Poster #10 – Debashree Goswami – Seattle Children’s Research Institute, USA (Virtual Presenter)

– Onsite Poster #35 – Richard Bartfai – Radboud University, The Netherlands
– Onsite Poster #85 – Jessica Kimmel – Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany
– Onsite Poster #99 – Jean Pierre Musabyimana – RWTH Aachen University, Germany
– Onsite Poster #113 – Micha Rosenkranz – Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
– Onsite Poster #115 – Lauriane Sollelis – University of Zurich, Switzerland
– Onsite Poster #131 – James Yong – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
17:00-19:00Poster session 1
Onsite poster presenters, abstracts with odd numbers
19:00-20:30Dinner
20:30-22:00Social event: Science Pub Quiz
Day 2 – Tuesday 24 May 2022
TimeSpeaker
 Scientific session 3 – Immunology and vaccines
Chairs: Michaela Petter and Maria Rosaria Bassi
09:00-09:30Neutrophils as protagonists in severe malaria pathogenesis
Borko Amulic – University of Bristol, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
09:30-09:45Full-length MSP1 “SumayaVac1” vaccine candidate triggers long-lasting and multiple FC-mediated effector functional IgG and IgM antibodies in a phase 1a clinical trial
Richard Thomson Luque – Center for Infectious Diseases-Parasitology UKHD, Sumaya-Biotech, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
09:45-10:00Exploring the function and antibody interactions of the malaria parasite merozoite surface protein 2 during red blood cell entry
Isabelle Henshall – The University of Adelaide, Australia
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
10:00-10:15Plasmodium cross-stage interplay dictates malaria outcome
Ângelo Ferreira Chora – Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, Portugal
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
10:15-10:45Modelling blood-stage malaria infection and immunity using single-cell genomics
Ashraful Haque – The University of Melbourne, Australia (Virtual Speaker)
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
10:45-11:30Coffee break
11:30-12:15Life time achievement award
12:15-13:45Lunch and Meet the speakers with:
Borko Amulic, Richard Thomson Luque, Isabelle Henshall, Ângelo Ferreira Chora
 Scientific session 4 – Transmission and vector – parasite interactions
Chairs: Michael Delves and Catherine Oke
13:45-14:15Impact of insecticide resistance on malaria control tools and transmission
Charles Wondji – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), Cameroon
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:15-14:30Machine learning-based phenotypic imaging to define the targetable biology of Plasmodium falciparum male gametocytes for transmission-blocking antimalarials
Michael Delves – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK 
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:30-15:00Transcription factors in Plasmodium – cooperation and versality
Katarzyna Modrzynska – University of Glasgow, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:00-15:15STK35L1 regulates host cell cycle-related genes and is essential for Plasmodium infection during the liver stage of malaria
Phulwanti Kumari Sharma – Central University of Rajasthan, India (Virtual Speaker)
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:15-15:30 Reversible host cell surface remodeling limits immune recognition and maximizes transmission of Plasmodium falciparum
Priscilla Ngotho – University of Glasgow, UK (Virtual Speaker)
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:30-16:15Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Charles Wondji, Michael Delves, Katarzyna Modrzynska
16:15-16:45Flash talks 2 (3 minutes each)

– Virtual Poster #14 – Jaiganesh J – Institute of bioinformatics and applied biotechnology, India (Virtual Presenter)
– Virtual Poster #18 – Robyn McConville – The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia (Virtual Presenter)

– Onsite Poster #34 – Lea Barfod – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
– Onsite Poster #50 – Scott Chisholm – University of Cambridge, UK
– Onsite Poster #98 – Maria Inês Moreira Oliveira – Leite Marreiros Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes; ICBAS, Portugal
– Onsite Poster #104 – Emma Pietsch – Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany
– Onsite Poster #112 – Catarina Rosa – Institut Pasteur, France
– Onsite Poster #118– Arthur Talman – Institute of Research for Development, France
– Onsite Poster #126 – Maria Watzlowik – University of Regensburg, Germany

ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
16:45-18:15Registration is open. Places are limited.
Available for onsite participants.

Workshop 1: Malaria single-cell transcriptomics analysis
Trainers:
– Thomas Otto – University of Glasgow, UK
– Franziska Hentzschel – Heidelberg University Medical School, Germany
Location: Computer Training Lab

Workshop 2: How to use the malaria cell atlas and plasmoSPOT for your projects
Trainers:
– Elias Farr – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
– Friedrich Frischknecht – Center for Infectious Diseases, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
Location: Flex Labs A and B
17:45-19:15Poster session 2
Onsite poster presenters, abstracts with even numbers
19:15-20:45BBQ dinner with live music from Lazy Fur
20:45-22:00After dinner drinks
Day 3 – Wednesday 25 May 2022
TimeSpeaker
08:00-09:00 Poster session 3
Virtual poster presenters, all posters
 Scientific session 5 – Clinical and field studies
Chairs: Richard Idro and Lea Barfod
09:00-09:30Acquired mechanisms of disease tolerance underpin immunity to malaria
Phil Spence – University of Edinburgh, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
09:30-09:45Host immune heterogeneity shapes P. falciparum var gene expression
Antoine Claessens – University of Montpellier, France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
09:45-10:00The role of a hematopoietic parasite reservoir in Plasmodium vivax infection and pathology
Joao Luiz Silva-Filho – University of Glasgow, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
10:00-10:30Chemoprevention of malaria in endemic areas: a strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality
Richard Idro – Makerere University School of Medicine, Uganda
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
10:30-11:15Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Phil Spence, Antoine Claessens, Joao Luiz Silva-Filho, Richard Idro
11:15-12:00Career development workshop
(Available to onsite and virtual participants)

Panelists:
– Aurelio Bonavia – Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, USA
– Virginia M Howick – University of Glasgow, UK
– Christiaan van Ooij – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
– Buchi Okereafor – Open Biology, UK (Virtual speaker)
– Christopher Moxon – University of Glasgow, UK

Moderator: Kirk W Deitsch – Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA
12:00-13:30Lunch and Meet the speakers with:
Ian Cheeseman, Josie Ferreira, Francis Isidore Totanes, Hannah Fleckenstein, Kirk W Deitsch
 Scientific session 6 – New topics and tools for malaria research and future innovation
Chairs: Virginia Howick and Vera Mitesser
13:30-14:00Mapping the control of gene expression in malaria parasite genetic crosses
Ian Cheeseman – Texas Biomedical Research Institute, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:00-14:15The remarkable plasticity of microtubules throughout the lifecycle of Plasmodium revealed by in situ electron cryo-tomography
Josie Ferreira – Centre for Structural Systems Biology, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:15-14:30Replication origin mapping in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
Francis Isidore Totanes – University of Cambridge, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:30-14:45Studying cerebral malaria pathogenesis in 3D brain microvascular models by correlative multimodal volume imaging
Hannah Fleckenstein – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
14:45-15:15Understanding the “nonsense” of var gene transcriptional regulation by P. falciparum
Kirk W Deitsch – Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
15:15-15:30Closing remarks and poster prize announcement
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM
16:00Buses departing

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

On-site Registration Fees include admission, conference materials, COVID-19 safety measures, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Virtual Registration Fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.

On-site Academia€710
On-site PhD Student€610
On-site Industry€910
Virtual Academia€175
Virtual PhD Student€125
Virtual Industry€225

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a reduced press rate or in some cases for complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Diah Yulianti for more information.

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.

Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Both onsite and virtual participants are eligible to submit an abstract.

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract.  Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively, you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest of the title should be in lowercase.

Authors and Affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory details are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email. Mark only one author as the role of First author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be presenting. The order of the authors will be listed as follows: First Author, Co-First Author (alphabetically if multiple), co-author(s) (in the order added by the submitter).

Presentation Types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Accommodation and shuttles

Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

As further changes in our events are possible due to COVID-19, you should book flights, trains and hotels with flexible options and favourable cancellation conditions.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until 23 April 2022, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code BMP22-01 and confirm the exact price of the room with the hotel directly.

Hotel Anlage Hotel Holländer Hof  Premier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Monpti Hotel ibis Heidelberg Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Exzellenz Hotel & Boarding House

Conference shuttle buses

Conference shuttle buses are free of charge for participants, and depart from designated bus stops near the hotels to EMBL and back, mornings and evenings.

Download the bus schedule

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • StayCity Hotel (close to B&B Hotel and Main Train Station)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (close to Main Train Station)
  • Neckarmünzplatz
  • Peterskirche
  • Crowne Plaza
  • ISG Hotel

View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.

Further details

Address: EMBL, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. For further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit Public Transportation to the Venue. For information about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ page.

Virtual participation

Guidelines

  • Do not broadcast the conference to unregistered participants.
  • You are encouraged to tweet and post about the event. Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise, but be mindful of unpublished data. 
  • Please do not capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting.

Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Health and well-being

It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos in the conference platform for you to enjoy during the event.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function in the event platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk in the event platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on the Europe/Berlin time zone, unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accommodate as many time zones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance. Remember to set your time zone in your account. 

Virtual event platforms

We are using a virtual event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. Availability is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Merck registration fee waivers

BioMalPar Merck registration fee waivers enable the attendance of doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from malaria-endemic countries with the purpose of adding to the diversity of experiences represented by participants at the meeting.

Registration fee Waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.

Travel grant

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:

– up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses or EMBO Workshops

The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted.

Selection

The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all financial assistance during the motivation letter or abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6-8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection is based on your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.

Reimbursement

Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.

Further details

View our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Additional information

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for Participants page.

COVID-19 related questions

COVID-19 information for onsite events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.

Sponsors

Conference sponsor

Media partners

EMBO Molecular Medicine, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

 

Sponsorship opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information on sponsoring possibilities.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.

Date: 23 - 25 May 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


Deadline(s):

Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


Organisers:

  • Ron Dzikowski
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    • Sarah Reece
      University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
      • Maria Manuel Dias Mota
        Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Portugal
        • Christopher Moxon
          University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

        Contact: Diah Yulianti

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