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Conference bursaries make malaria mission possible

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 10:39am
EurekAlert

Today, BioMed Central announced a fund to help researchers in developing countries attend the conference, Parasite to Prevention. The conference, held in conjunction with Malaria Journal, takes place in Edinburgh UK, 20-22 October 2010.

Researchers and graduate students from low-income and lower-middle income countries can apply for a conference bursary to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation and conference registration. Places are strictly limited. The scientific committee will award the conference bursaries based solely on the quality of the abstracts submitted.

The deadline to submit an abstract and apply for a bursary place is 6 August 2010.

Speaking of the newly announced bursaries, Editor-in-Chief of Malaria Journal, Marcel Hommel, said: 'The prevention and treatment of malaria is of strong relevance to the research community in developing countries so we are pleased to be able to give these researchers the opportunity to present their findings.'

This international conference brings together leading researchers and industry representatives who will review important recent findings in parasite and vector biology, disease pathophysiology and immunology, disease treatment, prevention and control. Attendees will learn about the latest developments in key areas and initiatives that are at the forefront of malaria research.

More speakers have now been confirmed for the conference, including Carol Sibley (University of Washington), Andrew Waters (University of Glasgow) and Tim Wells (Medicines for Malaria Venture).

David Brandling-Bennett, Senior Program Manager at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give a keynote address at the conference gala dinner on Thursday, 21 October.

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