Following on from the success of our previous malaria conferences in Edinburgh in 2010 and Basel in 2012, the third biennial conference brought together leading malaria researchers to review current progress and to chart future challenges, this time with a greater emphasis on basic science.

Internationally renowned speakers presented their insights into core science and innovation in malaria research – including Plasmodium vivax epidemiology; trends and impacts; G6PD deficiency; vaccines; genome mapping and molecular epidemiology; new clues for drug development; mathematical modelling; cutting edge in cell biology; new issues in clinical malaria and pathology; and a special session on vectors in memory of Mario Coluzzi.

The online supplement is now available and the abstracts can be viewed here. Please note that some abstracts have been withdrawn due to the presenting authors wishes.

We would also like take to take this opportunity to announce that going forwards the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene will be taking over from BioMed Central as the hosts of future Challenges in Malaria Research conferences. Marcel Hommel, Editor-in-Chief of Malaria Journal, will continue to serve on the conference committee, maintaining close relations between the journal and the conference.

Organizing committee

Simon I Hay (University of Oxford, UK)
Marcel Hommel (Editor-in-Chief, Malaria Journal, UK)
Jacob Baum (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia)
Nora J Besansky (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Chris Drakeley (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)
Peter W Gething (University of Oxford, UK)
Adrian Hill (University of Oxford, UK)
Peter G Kremsner (Institut für Tropenmedizin, Germany)
Dominic Kwiatkowski (University of Oxford, UK)
Alan J Magill (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA)
Richard Price (Centre for Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK)
David L Rollinson (Natural History Museum, London, UK)
David L Smith (John Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI), USA)
Marcel Tanner (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland)

Challenges in Malaria Research 2014 program


BioMed Central, in conjunction with its journals Malaria Journal and Parasites & Vectors, hosted the second malaria conference “Challenges in Malaria Research: Progress Towards Elimination” in Basel, Switzerland from 10 – 12 October 2012.

Delegates from 42 countries gather to hear Internationally renowned speakers present their insights into malaria elimination, including social science and policies; Artemisinin resistance; new drugs; vaccines; diagnostic challenges and vector controls. Cape Verde, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan and Mauritius presented their experiences in malaria elimination to launch the series of Case Studies on Malaria Elimination from WHO and the UCSF Global Health Group.

Meeting abstracts are available here

The poster prize donated by Sight & Life was won by Marta Maia of LHSTM and Ifakara Health Institute with Corine Demanga of McGill University as runner up.

Organizing committee

Marcel Tanner (Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Switzerland)
Marcel Hommel (University of Liverpool, UK)
David Bell (FIND, Switzerland)
David Rollinson (Natural History Museum, UK)
Willem Takken (Wageningen University, Netherlands)
Ambrose O. Talisuna (World Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN), Kenya)
Tim Wells (MMV, Switzerland)
Nicholas J. White (University of Oxford, UK)
Holly A. Williams (CDC, USA)
Dyann Wirth (Harvard University, USA)

Challenges in Malaria Research 2012 program


This international conference brought together leading researchers and industry representatives who reviewed recent progress in key areas of parasite and vector biology, disease pathophysiology and immunology, disease treatment, prevention and control. Attendees learned about the latest developments and initiatives that were at the forefront of malaria research.

Topics included:

  • Parasite and vector cell biology
  • Disease pathogenesis
  • Drug discovery
  • Immunology and vaccine development
  • Disease control

Organizing committee

Marcel Hommel (University of Liverpool, Editor-in-Chief Malaria Journal, UK)
Sanjeev Krishna (St George's University of London, UK)
Stephen Lindsay (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)
David Sullivan (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Henri Vial (CNRS, University Montpellier, France)
Kiaran Kirk (The Australian National University, Australia)
Stephen Ward (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)

Parasite to Prevention 2010 program