Subscriptions for international course on malaria in Sao Paulo close on the 31st

Publicação: 11 de May de 2015

Event will have 16 Brazilian and foreign speakers

Among the speakers is Peter Agre, head of the Malaria Research Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Nobel Prize winner in 2003

Among the speakers is Peter Agre, head of the Malaria Research Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Nobel Prize winner in 2003

An international course about one of the main tropical diseases of thee days, malaria, will be held in the Sao Paulo University (USP) from September 22nd to October 2nd, 2015. At no cost, the course Sao Paulo School of Advanced Sciences presents Science of Eradication: Malaria, will be presented in English and offers 100 seats, half of these for Brazilian students. The target-audience is graduate, undergraduate and post-doctorate students. All participants from other cities than Sao Paulo will have free lodging and transportation.

The event is a regional edition of the traditional Science of Eradication: Malaria result of a cooperation between the Harvard School of Public Health, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. Other editions were hosted in Boston, USA (2012), Barcelona, Spain (2013) and Basel, Switzerland (2014).

Registrations are open until May 31st and can be made through this link. The result of the selection will be released until June 30th.

“We expect the event to promote the discussion of new knowledge and technologies related to malaria control – especially under the Brazilian perspective -, stimulate the scientific production among young researchers and ease the creation of new partnerships between Brazilian and foreign researchers”, explains Dr. Marcia Caldas de Castro, PhD in Demography.

Still according to Dr. Castro, the event will discuss themes as: new technologies and findings under the drug subject, vaccines, control and diagnosis methods, besides discussions on the current opportunities and challenges to eradicate malaria.

The event will take place in the Sao Paulo University Public Health School and will have 16 Brazilian and foreign speakers in round tables, workshops, speeches, laboratory visits and practical activities.

For Dr. Marcelo Urbano Ferreira, PhD in Parasitology, the international course is an opportunity for Brazilian students of several levels (from graduation to doctorate), as well as for young researchers to join international malaria research networks. “Besides this, since the course is listed as a subject from the Biology Post-Graduation Program in Pathogen-Host Relation Biology from the USP, those students who formalise their registration under this subject will be granted with four credits”, explains the expert.

Among the researchers is the current director of the Malaria Research Institute from the Johns Hopkins Univeristy, Dr. Peter Agre, Chemistry Nobel Prize winner in 2013. Also are expected in the event Dr. Marcel Tanner, from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute; Dr. Marcia Castro and Dr. Flaminia Catteruccia, from Harvard Univeristy and Dr. Rick Fairhurst, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

More information about the course are available at http://scienceoferadication.org/courses/science-of-eradication-malaria-brazil/overview/