Malaria and NTD modellers to meet in New Orleans, USA

2 November 2014

Consortium Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) and malaria groups to present interim results at ASTMH pre-meeting, New Orleans, USA

2 November 2014

Diagnostics Consortium Interim Technical Meetings of NTDs and malaria modelling teams to be held during the 63rd American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, in New Orleans, USA.

Two consecutive face to face meetings are being coordinated by the Consortium Secretariat to allow teams to present their interim modelling results and plans for publication to the Consortium's programme officers from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Members of the Consortium's NTDs team focusing on Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) span across Erasmus MC, the University of Warwick and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the team will discuss their findings on the relative roles of sub-clinical infection, clinical VL and PKDL in maintaining the transmission cycle. They will also present an update on the desired product profile for a field-based diagnostic to ensure the success of IRS and different testing and treatment strategies to reduce and interrupt transmission of VL.

The malaria team will present an update on their modelling work in relation to infectivity and diagnostics, specifically how individuals contribute to onwards transmission and how sensitive diagnostic tests need to be in different usage scenarios.

To find out more about the programme for the upcoming ASTMH conference to be held 2-6 November 2014 in New Orleans, USA, visit the 2014 meeting page, which includes details of the keynote address to be delivered this year by Bill Gates.