Genetically engineered mosquitoes to eradicate disease

As scientists explore the potential application of gene editing, they’re beginning to discover the many uses — and pitfalls — of the technology. In the case of malaria and other vector-borne illnesses, it’s become clear that gene editing could be a powerful new tool for mosquito control and disease eradication. At a live panel recorded at The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, four experts discussed gene editing and how it might influence global and human health.

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, visits the course

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, made a special visit to the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona, to meet with participants of the Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course. At the invitation of Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme and founder of ISGlobal, Dr Chan shared her thoughts on the progress to eradicate malaria and challenges of emerging pandemic threats.

Coordinating Against Malaria

A group of scientists, government officials, nonprofit leaders, malaria-control program directors, and others gathered at Harvard Business School this week sought to draw lessons from past eradication efforts as they embarked on a weeklong leadership program focused on eradicating another age-old scourge: malaria. Read coverage of the 2015 Science of Eradication: Malaria course on Harvard Gazette    

Third edition of Science of Eradication: Malaria

The third edition of the Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course, organized by three institutions with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in malaria, was hosted June 1-9, 2014 in Basel, Switzerland. First launched two years ago, this course has become a benchmark in the field of eradication. Read announcement on Barcelona Institute for Global Health […]

Infection in malaria-transmitting mosquito discovered

In a recent article published in Nature Communications, Harvard Professor Flaminia Catteruccia and an international group of researchers describe evidence of an intercellular bacterial infection in natural populations of two species of Anopheles mosquitoes. The infection, called Wolbachia, has been shown in laboratory settings to reduce the incidence of pathogen infections in mosquitoes and has the potential […]

ASTMH 2013 – Establishing Malaria-Free Zones in Zanzibar and Zambia

In November 2013, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s Annual Meeting featured a discussion on Establishing Malaria-Free Zones in Zanzibar and Zambia. An audio recording of the session, chaired by Dr. Richard Steketee, PATH Macepa, and Professor Anders Björkman, Karolinska Institute, which discussed progress and next steps, is now available.

Experts convene in Barcelona for 2013 Science of Eradication: Malaria Course

The second edition of the Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course took place in Barcelona, Spain, from May 5-10, 2013. Hosted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, fifty-nine participants from thirty-two countries convened at the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB) for a 6-day intensive training course on malaria control and eradication. The […]

Genetics and Global Health – Lecture

Dyann Wirth is a major leader in the area of malaria research. Her work has provided completely new insights into how the malaria parasite has evolved, specifically in the areas of population biology, drug resistance, and antigenicity. A Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she is also Director […]

Save the Date – Science of Eradication: Malaria 2014

The 2014 edition of the Science of Eradication: Malaria leadership development course is scheduled for June 1-10, 2014 and will be hosted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. Details of this event will be made available in Fall 2013.

Save the Date – Keystone Symposia

The 2014 Keystone Symposium, titled The Science of Malaria Eradication will take place February 2-7, 2014 at Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. The event is part of the Keystone Symposium and will be organized in collaboration with the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA). Travel awards will be supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More information: […]