Location & dates Virtual 18 - 19 May 2020
Deadlines Registration closed Abstract submission closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.

Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.


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Day 1 - Monday 18 May 2020
13:00 - 13:10 Opening remarks by the scientific organisers
Alfred Cortés, Silvia Portugal, Sam Wassmer
13:10 - 14:25 Virtual Session 1 - Emerging Challenges and new tools
Chair: Andy Waters
13:10 - 13:40

Keynote lecture
Novel tools provide insights into Kelch13 function and Artemisinin resistance
Tobias Spielmann - Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Germany

13:40 - 13:55

Toward novel antimalarial to eliminate K13 artemisinin resistance and prevent it spread to Africa
Laurent Dembele - Université des Sciences, des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako, Mali

13:55 - 14:10

Mapping the druggable landscape of malaria parasite through thermal proteome profiling
Jerzy Dziekan - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

14:10 - 14:25

Purification & Characterization of Plasmodium Tubulin – A novel lead to anti-Malarial drug discovery
Simone Reber - Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

14:25 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:00

Special interest lecture
The potential Covid- Malaria interface: Impact on research and beyond
Regina Rabinovich - ISGlobal, Spain

15:00 - 16:15

Virtual Session 2 - Parasite biology
Chair: Alfred Cortés

15:00 - 15:30

Keynote lecture
Escaping lockdown: Early signaling for parasite egress from red blood cells

Manoj Duraisingh- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

15:30 - 15:45

Malaria parasite PKG binds to and phosphorylates a putative transporter essential for critical calcium signals during erythrocytic proliferation and transmission to the mosquito
Mathieu Brochet - University of Geneva, Switzerland

15:45 - 16:00

RNA guanine-quadruplexes: Do they play a role in post-transcriptional regulation in P. falciparum?
Franck Dumetz - University of Cambridge, UK

16:00 - 16:15

Plasmodium exploitation of liver-specific methionine metabolism
Vanessa Zuzarte-Luis - Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Portugal

16:15 - 17:15

Break and Virtual Poster Session 1 (all posters)
with discussion channel on slack

17:15 - 18:45 Virtual Session 3 - "Omics" approaches & evolution
Chair: Julian Rayner
17:15 - 17:45 Keynote lecture
How Plasmodium vivax-like genomic approaches shed new insights into Plasmodium vivax biology and evolution

Virginie Rougeron - CNRS, France
17:45 - 18:00 Defining the parasite host interplay in vivo at the single cell level
Franziska Hentzschel - University of Glasgow, UK
18:00 - 18:30 Keynote lecture
The Evolutionary Genomics of Plasmodium in India
Jane M. Carlton - New York University, USA
18:30 - 18:45 Host inflammation impairs maturation of blood-stage Plasmodium parasites in mice
Lianne Lansink - Queensland University of Technology and University of Melbourne, Australia
Day 2 - Tuesday 19 May 2020
11:30 - 12:30

Optional: Virtual Pub Quiz

13:00 - 14:15

Virtual Session 4 - Epidemiology & surveillance 
Chair: Sam Wassmer

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote lecture
Insights from serology into malaria transmission dynamics
Chris Drakeley - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

13:30 - 13:45

Individual-level variations in malaria susceptibility and acquisition of clinical protection
Mario Recker - University of Exeter, UK

13:45 - 14:00

Whole-genome sequencing reveals epidemiological history of P. falciparum populations in the Pacific coast of South America
Manuela Carrasquilla - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

14:00 - 14:15

Rapid shifts in the age-specific buden of malaria following successful control interventions in four regions of Uganda
Simon Kigozi - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

14:15 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:50

Special interest lecture
Sustainability in Science Labs
Martin Farley -  Green Lab Associates, UK

14:50 - 16:05

Virtual Session 5 - Pathogenesis & immunology
Chair: Sam Wassmer

14:50 - 15:20

Keynote lecture
Targeting CD8+ T cells: A paradigm shift in treating cerebral malaria?

Brittany Riggle - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA

15:20 - 15:35

Plasmodium falciparum increased time in circulation prior to cytoadhesion during the dry season - mediated by altered host cell remodeling?
Hannah Fleckenstein - Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany

15:35 - 15:50

A potent anti-PfCSP human monoclonal antibody neutralizes sporozoites in the skin and liver
Lawrence Wang - NIH, USA

15:50 - 16:05

The role of CCR2 in the resolution of malaria-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome
Emilie Pollenus - KU Leuven, Belgium

16:05 - 16:20

A humanized mouse model for Plasmodium vivax to test interventions that block liver stage to blood stage transition and blood stage infection
Carola Schaefer - Seattle Children's Research Institute, USA

16:20 - 17:20

Break and Virtual Poster Session 2 (all posters)
with discussion channel on slack

17:20 - 18:35

Virtual Session 6 - Transmission biology
Chair: Silvia Portugal

17:20 - 17:50

Keynote lecture
Mosquito midgut stem cells promote tissue remodeling and limit Plasmodium oocyst survival
Carolina Barillas-Mury National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA

17:50 - 18:05

The role of TEP12 in the antiparasitic immunity of Anopheles mosquitoes
Dennis Klug - Inserm, France

18:05 - 18:20 A divergent cyclin/cyclin-dependent kinase complex controls the atypical replication of Plasmodium berghei during gametogony and parasite transmission
Aurélia Balestra - University of Geneva, Switzerland
18:20 - 18:35 Time is all that matters: Temporal control of transmission efficiency
Inês Bento - Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Portugal
18:35 - 18:45 Shahid Khan - In Memoriam 
Andy Waters - University of Glasgow, UK
18:45 - 18:50 Closing remarks by the emeritus steering group members
Andy Waters, Julian Rayner