Meeting of Consortium malaria modelling teams, Oxford, UK

22 September 2014

Consortium Secretariat convenes meeting of the malaria groups in Oxford, UK, ahead of the annual Challenges in Malaria Research Conference

22 September 2014

Members of the Consortium's malaria modelling teams from across Europe and Asia met recently with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and industry representatives at the University of Oxford, UK.

This face to face meeting gave an opportunity for the teams from Imperial College London, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Research Unit and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute to present their updated modelling structures to partners in the Malaria Research Centre at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, representatives of the Diagnostics group at PATH, USA and programme officers from the Foundation. 

The malaria modelling groups aim to:

  • Better understand the relationship between current tests (microscopy/RDT/PCR);
  • Understand how parasite density varies by age/transmission setting and its relationship with onward infectivity;
  • Improve the extent to which current models capture these aspects.

The Consortium was also pleased to welcome participants from the Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG),University of Oxford to join discussions and relating to available data.

The teams will meet again to present near final deliverables at the upcoming ASTMH conference to be held 2-6 November 2014 in New Orleans, USA.