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[afro-nets] 18th Course on the biology of disease vectors

  • From: "Jawad Asghar" <jawad@alumni.washington.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 21:07:19 +0500

18th Course on the biology of disease vectors

3 ? 16 June 2007
Manaus, Brazil

Cross-posed from: TDR-SCIENTISTS@who.int

18th Course on the biology of disease vectors
Manaus (Amazon), Brazil

Application deadline: 22 February 2007

Website: http://jhmmi.jhsph.edu/biology_course/FrameFormH.cfm

Invertebrate vectors, such as mosquitoes, flies and ticks, transmit diseases to hundreds of millions of human beings, causing several million deaths every year. Some of these diseases, such as yellow fever and malaria, have been controlled to some extent in the past but have reemerged and the number of cases now tends to increase. The basis for this resurgence is multi-factorial and includes development of insecticide resistance in vectors, pathogen resistance to drugs, lack of adequate vaccines, shortage of scientists trained in vector-borne diseases, inaccessibility of the affected population to treatment, and diversion of public health funds to diseases considered to be more important.

The Biology of Disease Vectors course has been developed to address some of the above issues, by training qualified scientists, promoting basic research on vectors and facilitating networking among vector-borne disease experts. The course provides a common background and conceptual framework for developing a new generation of researchers worldwide who can apply modern molecular and quantitative approaches to the study and control of disease vectors. The course is intended for scientists newly recruited into the field from areas such as molecular biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, etc. and for those with more conventional training in vector-borne diseases. Advanced Ph.D. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and independent investigators are introduced to the biology of disease vectors, emphasizing current molecular biological, genetic, biochemical, physiological and genomic approaches. Special emphasis is devoted to the biology of vector-pathogen interactions.

Approximately 30 students and 25 faculty participate in the course. Students come from many countries: in a typical year, 16 or more countries are represented. Small class size and the selection of world-renowned scientists to teach in the course provide an unparalleled learning experience.

The course is sponsored by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Brazil), by the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and by other Brazilian Government agencies.

Financial aid will be available to a limited number of students based on need. Applicants who were not selected in previous years are encouraged to reapply.

Information and application forms are available on the web at:

For further information please contact:

Ms. Maryann Brooks
Tel +1 443-287-4853
Fax +1 410-955-0105) or,

Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena
Tel +1 443-287-0839

at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Dept. of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
and Malaria Research Institute
615 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore MD 21205

Rana Jawad Asghar MD. MPH.
Coordinator South Asian Public Health Forum
Typhoid Net http://www.typhoid.net