MiM prize winners front row left: Upeskha Rathnapala, Alex Kennedy, Jess Bridgford, Ricardo Ataide (Burnet Institute). Back row left: MiM Co-Chairs, Jack Richards, Teresa Carvalho and Editor-in-Chief, IJP Brian Cook.
Australia’s brightest young malaria researchers have presented their latest research at the Malaria in Melbourne (MiM) Conference at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.
Australia is an international hub for malaria research with more than 50 groups across the country working on the devastating disease, with the majority based in Melbourne.
MiM 2015 Chair, Monash University Research Fellow, Dr Teresa Carvalho and Co-Chair, Burnet Institute Richards Laboratory Head, Dr Jack Richards said the conference focused on the next generation of researchers, giving them the opportunity to present their work and provide a forum to begin new collaborations.
“We hope MiM will lay the foundations for future breakthroughs and further increase the profile of malaria research being carried out in Australia,” Dr Richards said.
Work was presented on host-parasite interaction, malaria in pregnancy, vaccines, drug resistance and drug discovery, molecular and cellular parasitology, immunology and epidemiology.
Director of the Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation and Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Susan Charman delivered the plenary outlining key new developments in the discovery of new antimalarial drugs and sharing her professional pathway with the early career researchers.
Burnet Institute researchers were recognised for their outstanding presentations with Dr Ricardo Ataide winning the IJP Best Postdoctoral Oral Presentation and Dr Herbert Opi being presented with the Elsevier Best Postdoctoral Poster.