Bio21 'Big Picture': Steps towards the elimination of malaria: What can basic scientists contribute?

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Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 - 13:15
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What: "Steps towards the elimination of malaria: What can basic scientists contribute?"

The lecture will briefly outline the trajectory of efforts to eliminate the mosquito-borne Plasmodium parasites that for millennia have been responsible yearly for millions of human deaths.  Basic science – studies focused on understanding the biology, genetics and interactions of these adaptable, single-celled organisms - has played a crucial role in the progressive successes in controlling  both deaths and disease from malaria.  But the story is not yet over…. and the need to deepen our basic understanding of the parasites remains a key component if roadblocks to elimination are to be overcome and malaria finally eradicated.

Who: Professor Carol Sibley, Professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington

When: 4 - 5pm, 20 June 2017 followed by refreshments

Where: Bio21 Auditorium and Atrium, 30 Flemington Road, Parkville, 3010

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Biography:

Dr. Sibley is a Professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and a Visiting Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK where she is the Scientific Director of the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN). In her malaria research she has collaborated closely with colleagues in the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories in Nairobi and Kilifi, Kenya and with colleagues in Muheza and Morogoro, Tanzania. She has served on the Expert Scientific Advisory Board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), and on the Boards of the ACT Consortium, the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium, the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme and several of the NIH funded International Centers of Excellence in Malaria Research. She holds a BA and MS in Biology from the University of Rochester in New York, a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of California, San Francisco and completed post-doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.