Global Observatory Lunchtime Seminar

A GLOBAL OBSERVATORY SERIES SEMINAR Past, Present and Future of Malaria: An historical, ecological and personal perspective.Presented byDr Gerry F Killeen, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

As Hackett said of European malaria in 1937: Everything about malaria is so molded by local conditions that it becomes a thousand epidemiological puzzles, Like chess, it is played with a few pieces but is capable of an infinite variety of situations. So while the war against malaria is a global one, all the battles that need to be fought and won on the ground in endemic countries require local solutions. In this seminar, Dr Killeen will address some of the lessons learnt from the remarkable history of successes, failures and missed opportunities in malaria control over the last century, as a basis for optimism that it may be possible to eradicate malaria in our lifetime if some uncomfortable biological truths about relevant parasites and vectors are accepted and tackled head on.

He describes a broad, long-term strategy for adapting modern ecological, environmental and management sciences to resource-limited settings in order for sustainable, effective, evidence-based local programmes can be initiated that meet local ecological conditions. Don’t miss out – it promises to be an interesting seminar. Bio Dr Gerry F. Killeen, BSc PhD, Reader, Vector Biology, Department, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Resident Guest Scientist, Ifakara Health Institute, Ifakara, Morogoro, United Republic of Tanzania Dr Killeen has been based at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania for the last 11 years, during that time he established the Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences department which is now led by two of his former students and hosts >30 projects and >20 principal investigators, including one of the largest malaria vector working groups in the world. He directly supports three national malaria control programmes (Zambia, mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar) and one local- scale malaria control programme (Dar es Salaam City Council Urban Malaria Control Programme).

He has served as an adviser, consultant or editorial board member to the Malaria Journal, Parasites & Vectors, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Multilateral Vaccine Initiative, and World Health Organization. He works on a variety of basic and applied aspects of malaria transmission control, especially vector control, with a strong emphasis upon quantitative ecology and mathematical modeling, as well as capacity strengthening at individual, systems and institutional levels.

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: WGB-405 4th Floor Western Gateway Building
Target Audience: All Welcom
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Colette Cunningham
021 4205510

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