Dr.Jonathan Mwangi,MKU attended the Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria 2014 Conference that was held between 8th and 11th June 2014 at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
This is a premier conference on malaria that is held biannually. It brings together malariologists working in different parts of the world to share knowledge on the current trends in malaria epidemiology and share research findings on possible ways to combat one of the world’s biggest killer diseases.
This year’s conference had sessions on genomes and genome variation, genetic epidemiology of the malaria parasite, artemisinins resistance, genomic epidemiology of the human host, transmission and elimination of malaria among others.
Dr.Mwangi presented my research work on the “genetic determinants of asexual proliferation rate in Plasmodium falciparum” under the session on genomes and genome variation of the parasite. This work received rave reviews and I got a special mention for the most outstanding research.
Apart from making presentations the participants also got to network with their counterparts from various parts of the world. In fact the conference had representation from 46 countries ranging from Brazil, Cambodia, Thailand, USA, Spain, South Africa, etc. and of course Kenya. The networking is expected to give birth to mutually beneficial consortia-based research between different countries endemic for malaria.
Dr.Mwangi would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mount Kenya University and the Wellcome Trust for the funding to attend the conference.