Malaria - Current status and challenges

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

Hôtel Dupanloup
1 rue Dupanloup
45000 Orléans


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Malaria remains a major global health issue with millions of cases annually and half a million deaths, predominantly among children under five years in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is caused by the protozoan Plasmodium spp. and displays a spectrum of symptoms and complications which includes cerebral malaria (CM), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and severe anemia. The severity in human infections is determined by complex host-parasite interactions.

While much progress has been made towards reducing the burden of malaria, much work remains to be done. Advances in our understanding of host-parasite and vector-parasite interactions are crucial for preventing disease progression and transmission. However, the ambitious program to eliminate malaria faces many challenges, including drug resistance, development of insecticide resistance in some anopheline mosquitoes, and difficulties in elimination of vivax malaria.

This meeting aims at discussing the development of new drug therapies, vaccine approaches and novel strategies for vector control in the malaria field. Fundamental aspects of biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and immunity will be debated in a highly interactive forum.

Key Topics

Malaria, vector, immune response, malaria pathogenesis, severe malaria, experimental cerebral malaria, therapy, Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax


  • Dr Norinne Lacerda-Queiroz, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.
    FORMER FELLOW FROM: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) - National Institutes of Health (NIH) - US
    IN RESIDENCE AT: Experimental and Molecular Immunology and Neurogenetics (INEM) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR
  • Dr Valérie Quesniaux,
    Experimental and Molecular Immunology and Neurogenetics (INEM) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR


Hôtel Dupanloup : 1, rue Dupanloup - 45000 ORLEANS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the Orléans’ cathedral, the episcopal palace of Orléans, built between 1635 and 1641, locally known as the Hôtel Dupanloup, is a classical French building which served until 1905 of residence to the bishops of Orléans.  Since 2014, the renewed palace hosts the International University Center for Research and Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies.

Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding, blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures with modern design and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.



Including a lunch, a Wine & Cheese Cocktail and the coffee breaks

Private Institutions100 EUR
Public Institutions80 EUR
Students40 EUR

Confirmed speakers

Oral presentation & posters

Abstracts for oral presentation and poster should be submitted before Friday 14th of September 2018. Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to

Please download the template for oral presentation.

The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Monday 10th of September 2018.
Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes, portrait format. 


Thursday September 27th 2018

  • 15:15    Welcome coffee & registration
  • 16:00    Official Opening: Dr Norinne Lacerda-Queiroz, Dr Valérie Quesniaux & Sophie Gabillet
  • 16:30    Dr Carolina Barillas-Mury Plasmodium Evasion of Mosquito Immunity and Malaria Transmission
  • 17:10    Pr Dominique Soldati-Favre - Dissection of the fundamental roles played by apicomplexan aspartyl proteases in establishment of parasitism 
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French : Dr Norinne Lacerda-Queiroz & Dr Nicolas Riteau - Malaria : une maladie qui a changé le cours de l’Histoire
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail

Friday September 28th 2018

  • 08:45    Welcome coffee
  • 09:00    Pr Janet Hemingway - Vector control and malaria transmission
  • 09:40    Dr Silvia Portugal - The silent reservoir of P. falciparum during the dry season
  • 10:20    Coffee break & Posters session
  • 11:00    Dr Jean Langhorne - Using mouse models of malaria to understand protective immunity 
  • 11:40    Dr Jennifer Palomo - Unravelling the roles of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in cerebral malaria pathogenesis
  • 12:00    Lunch
  • 13:30    Dr Sam Wassmer - Linking sequestration, blood-brain barrier dysfunction, and brain swelling in cerebral malaria 
  • 14:10    Dr Valérie Quesniaux - IL-33/ST2 pathway in cerebral malaria and induced cognition defects 
  • 14:50    Dr Marcus Lacerda - Severe malaria due to Plasmodium vivax
  • 15:30    Conclusion & discussions

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