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Keystone Symposia: Vectors, Pathogens and Diseases: Current Trends and Emerging Challenges

Location: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Organized by Drs. Maureen Coetzee of University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Josiane Etang of Institut de Recherche de Yaoundé, Cameroon, Steven Torr of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and Scott L. O’Neill of Monash University, Australia, the four-day conference will:

1) Present and discuss current and cutting-edge data on the most important vector-borne diseases affecting the tropical and sub-tropical world, including malaria, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis and trypanosomiasis, as well as new technologies and experimental approaches and their practical implementation;

2) Consider the future directions of the field and encourage the sharing of complementary experiences and challenges to promote the global control of vector-borne diseases;

3) Stimulate collaborations by providing a setting conducive to focused, intense discussion among scientists and trainees with common interests in the field of vector control, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact at this level.

The conference is part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration subsidy awards will be available to investigators from the surrounding region. Scholarships, requiring submission of an abstract, are available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows regardless of nationality or country or residence. Short talk speakers will be chosen from all submitted abstracts.

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