Menzies School of Health Research
This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.
Late registrations for onsite participation is possible. Please contact Diah Yulianti to get the registration link.
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 recent years.
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 XIX 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.
“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
Menzies School of Health Research
National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Imperial College London
University of Oxford and KEMRI Wellcome Trust
University of Melbourne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Malawi
National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and Sorbonne University
University of Nottingham
Indiana University School of Medicine
University of Bristol
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
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|09:30 – 10:45||Arrival / Registration and refreshments|
|10:45 – 11:00||Opening remarks by scientific organisers|
|Scientific session 1 – Evolution and ecology|
Tra Nguyen – National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jesús Alvarado Valverde – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|11:00 – 11:30||Drug resistance in malaria parasites & inheritance of resistance genes|
Geoff McFadden – University of Melbourne, Australia
|11:30 – 11:45||Insecticide resistance and vector competence|
Victoria Ingham – Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
|11:45 – 12:00||Unpacking the EIP: how mosquito resources affect parasite development and infectivity to vertebrate hosts |
Catherine Oke – University of Edinburgh, UK
|12:00 – 12:30||Molecular surveillance of Plasmodium vivax: new developments in the vivax Genomic Epidemiology Network|
Sarah Auburn – Menzies School of Health Research, Australia
|12:30 – 12:45||Widely varying switching rates of var genes in Plasmodium falciparum are evolutionary optimized|
Gayathri Iragavarapu – IIIT-H, India
|12:45 – 14:00||Lunch and Meet the speakers (virtual and onsite)|
|Scientific session 2 – Clinical and field studies|
Giulia Siciliano – Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy
Mayimuna Nalubega – QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia
|14:00 – 14:30||Gift that keeps giving: lessons learned about malaria from CHMI studies|
Melissa Kapulu – University of Oxford and KEMRI Wellcome Trust, UK
|14:30 – 14:45||Exploring neutrophils in cerebral malaria (plasmodium falciparum) in malawian children |
Watipenge Nyasulu – Malawi-Liverpool Welcome Clinical Research Programme, UK
|14:45 – 15:00||Recent increase in low complexity polygenomic infections and sialic acid-independent invasion pathways in Plasmodium falciparum from Western Gambia |
Nora Nghochuzie Nganyewo – Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Gambia
|15:00 – 15:30||Translational applications of the blood transcriptome in malaria|
Aubrey Cunnington – Imperial College London, UK
|15:30 – 15:45||Reversible host cell surface remodeling of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes limits immune recognition and maximizes transmission|
Priscilla Ngotho – University of Glasgow, UK
|15:45 – 16:15||Coffee break and Meet the speakers|
|16:15 – 16:50||Flash talks session 1|
Poster number 39 Dimuthu Angage
Poster number 41 Shany Assaraf
Poster number 53 Casilda Castellano
Poster number 63 Bijayeeta Deb
Poster number 115 Francisco Martinez
Poster number 137 Samuel Pazicky
Poster number 139 Joana Santos
Poster number 147 Gala Ramon Zamorano
Poster number 169 Tatyana Tavella
Poster number 171 Liana Theodoridis
Poster number 183 Lasse Votborg-Novél
|16:50 – 18:50||Poster session 1 (odd numbers)|
List of posters is available here.
|18:50 – 20:30||Dinner (EMBL canteen)|
|20:30 – 22:00||Science pub quiz (optional)|
|21:30 – 22:30||Welcome drinks (optional)|
|20:30, 21:30, 22:30||Buses downtown|
|Scientific session 3 – Immunology and vaccines|
Anna Bachmann – Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany
Vincent Geoghegan – University of York, USA
|09:00 – 09:30||Severe malarial anaemia: pathogenesis to prevention|
Kamija Phiri – University of Malawi, Malawi
|09:30 – 09:45||Structure of the malaria vaccine candidate Pfs48/45 and its recognition by transmission blocking antibodies |
Kuang-Ting Ko – University of Oxford, UK
|09:45 – 10:00||Plasmodium falciparum exoerythrocytic forms require the PTEX translocon for development in human hepatocytes Robyn McConville – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia|
|10:00 – 10:30||Single-cell multiomic characterization of peripheral immune cells in children who remain aparasitemic despite intensive exposure to Plasmodium falciparum malaria|
Tuan M Tran – Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
Not available on demand, live only
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee break|
|11:00 – 11:45||Lifetime achievement award |
Recipient : Leann Tilley – University of Melbourne, Australia
|11:45 – 13:00||Lunch and Meet the speakers|
|Scientific session 4 – Transmission and vector – parasite interactions|
Franziska Hentzschel – Heidelberg University, Germany
Sabrina Absalon – Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
|13:00 – 13:30||Manipulating mosquito/parasite interactions to decrease malaria transmission|
Stephanie Blandin – National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, France
|13:30 – 13:45||Investigating sporozoite development through the mosquito |
Ben Liffner – Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
|13:45 – 14:15||Functional heterogeneity of microneme proteins in Plasmodium sporozoites|
Olivier Silvie – National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and Sorbonne University, France
|14:15 – 14:30||A microtubule binding protein is critical for male gamete fertility in Plasmodium falciparum|
Sudhir Kumar – Seattle Children’s Research Institute, USA
|14:30 – 15:00||Coffee break and Meet the speakers|
|15:00 – 15:35||Flash talks session 2 |
Poster number 68 Melanie H. Dietrich
Poster number 72 Nick Dooley
Poster number 70 Giulia Siciliano
Poster number 158 Mohini Anjna Shibu
|15:35 – 17:30||Places are limited. Registration required.|
Available for onsite participants.
Workshop 1: Expansion microscopy
– Sabrina Absalon – Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
– Mathieu Brochet – University of Geneva, Switzerland
– Julien Guizetti – Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
Room: Courtyard Room
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Workshop 2: Malaria single-cell transcriptomics analysis
– Franziska Hentzschel – Heidelberg University Medical School, Germany
– Thomas Otto – University of Glasgow, UK
Room: Flex Labs
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Workshop 3: Public engagement
– Hannah Bialic – Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology, UK
Room: Helix Seminar Room A
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|17:30 – 19:30||Poster session 2 (even numbers)|
List of posters is available here.
|19:30 – 20:45||Dinner (EMBL canteen)|
|20:45 – 23:30||Social event with live DJ & drinks|
|21:00, 22:00, 00:00||Buses downtown|
|Scientific session 5 – Systems biology of malaria: molecules, cells, physiology and pathobiology|
Michaela Bulloch – University of Melbourne, Australia
Clinton Lau – University of Oxford, UK
|09:00 – 09:30||Deciphering the role of the red cell in Plasmodium falciparum malaria|
Elisabeth Egan – Stanford University, USA
|09:30 – 09:45||Structure of the PfRCR complex which bridges the malaria parasite and erythrocyte during invasion |
Brendan Farrell – University of Oxford, UK
|09:45 – 10:00||Exploring the role of uncoupled MCT1-basigin interaction and host membrane receptor context in Plasmodium falciparum merozoite invasion |
Tim Satchwell – University of Bristol, UK
|10:00 – 10:15||Covalent probe reveals Ubc13 interactome in the malaria parasite |
Anna Truong – Duke University, USA
|10:15 – 10:45||Coffee break and Meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Divide and Rule: Unravelling atypical cell division in Plasmodium|
Rita Tewari – University of Nottingham, UK
|11:30 – 11:45||A Plasmodium-specific AP2-P regulates multiple pathogenicity factors with dual expression peaks during the intraerythrocytic developmental cycle |
Amit Kumar Subudhi –King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
|11:45 – 12:00||The Plasmodium falciparum artemisinin resistance protein Kelch 13 is required for formation of normal cytostomes and parasite feeding |
Stuart Ralph – The University of Melbourne, Australia
|12:00 – 13:15||Lunch and Meet the speakers|
|Scientific session 6 – New topics and tools for malaria research and future innovation|
Kodzo Atchou – University of Bern, Switzerland
Nick Dooley – QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia
|13:15 – 13:45||Understanding cerebral malaria pathogenesis in a 3D blood-brain barrier model|
Maria Barnebeu – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
Not available on demand, live only
|13:45 – 14:00||Culture-adapted Plasmodium cynomolgi Berok transgenic parasites open up new avenues to accelerate drug discovery approaches for relapsing malaria |
Alexandra Probst – Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, USA
|14:00 – 14:15||Aptamers targeting Plasmodium falciparum ESCRT-III proteins as a potential antiplasmodial tool |
Yunuen Avalos Padilla – Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain
|14:15 – 14:30||Towards a multimodal 3D cell atlas of Plasmodium mosquito stages |
Nedal Darif – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|14:30 – 15:00||A chemogenetics platform for antimalarial drug target identification and hit discovery|
Jacquin Niles – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
|15:15 – 15:30||Closing remarks by scientific organisers|
You can choose to attend the conference either onsite in Heidelberg or virtually. If you hope to present your research, you need to decide which mode suits you best before the abstract submission deadline, considering the below:
If you plan to attend the conference onsite, you can register and 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 note that once you have registered for onsite attendance and submitted an abstract for an oral presentation, you will still have the opportunity to present a poster onsite even if not selected for an onsite oral presentation. However, it is not possible to switch and apply for a virtual oral presentation after the submission deadline.
If you plan to attend the conference virtually, you can only apply for a virtual oral presentation as there will be no virtual posters. If your abstract is not selected for a virtual oral presentation, you can still participate in the conference with access to all the live streamed talks, a video library of the recorded talks and a facility to submit questions. Only participants attending the event onsite can present a poster.
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Virtual registration fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.
|On-site PhD Student||€610|
|Virtual PhD Student||€150|
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For the BioMalPar conference, some additional Merck registration fee waivers are available. These 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.
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The financial assistance for onsite participation 7 December 2022. Please note that the deadline for applying for financial assistance for BioMalPar is earlier than the abstract submission deadline. This is to allow successful applicants more time to apply for a travel visa to enter Germany, if needed. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application. Your abstract will still be considered if you are not awarded financial help and you may still attend on a self-funding basis if you wish.
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|Hotel Anlage||Hotel ibis Heidelberg||Premier Inn Heidelberg City|
|Hotel Bayrischer Hof||ISG Hotel||Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg|
|B&B Hotel||Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre||Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg|
|Exzellenz Hotel||Meininger Heidelberg||Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg|
|Hotel Holländer Hof||Hotel Monpti|
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|Good morning||Guten Morgen|
|Good afternoon||Guten Tag|
|Good evening||Guten Abend|
|Good night||Gute Nacht|
|I’m sorry||Tut mir leid|
|Excuse me…||Entschuldigen Sie|
|How are you?||Wie gehts?|
|I’m fine thanks. And you?||Mir geht es gut , danke, und dir/Ihnen?|
|What is your name||Wie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?|
|My name is||Ich heisse|
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|I don’t understand||Ich verstehe nicht|
|Please speak more slowly||Können Sie bitte langsamer sprechen|
|Where is the toilet?||Wo ist die Toilette?|
|Please call me a taxi||Bitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi|
|How do I get to….?||Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?|
|A beer/two beers please||Ein Bier/zwei Bier bitte|
|A glass of red/white wine please||Ein Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte|
|The menu, please||Die Speisekarte, bitte|
|Is there a local speciality?||Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?|
|I’m Vegetarian||Ich bin Vegetarier|
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|The bill, please||Die Rechnung, bitte|
|I have a headache||Ich habe Kopfschmerzen|
|I have a sore throat||Ich habe Halsschmerzen|
|My stomach hurts||Ich habe Magenschmerzen|
|I’m allergic to||Ich bin allergisch gegen|
|I need a doctor who speaks English||Gibt es einen Arzt, der Englisch spricht?|
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Meet the MESA Correspondents that will cover the BioMalPar XIX Conference
The MESA Correspondents are volunteers who report on the latest malaria research from conferences worldwide. The synopses are shared online, enabling people who could not attend the meeting to read about the research discussed. The MESA Correspondents program is a collaboration between MESA and the conference organizers.
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Date: 23 - 25 May 2023
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: Closed
Registration (On-site): Closed
Registration (Virtual): Closed