“A Collaborative Solution for Tropical Diseases: The Luso-American Response" - Malaria Conference 2009 Meeting Date: July 8-10, 2009 Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) Rua do Sacramento a Lapa, 21 - Lisbon, Portugal
The Luso-American Development Foundation in collaboration with NIAID has developed a three-year annual conference series focusing on multidisciplinary development of collaborative research projects in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in Africa: “A Collaborative Solution for Tropical Diseases: The Luso-American Response”. This series began in October 2007 focusing on tuberculosis. Malaria was the subject of the July 8-10 2009 meeting in Lisbon. HIV/AIDS was covered in 2010.
Meeting Concept: The immediate impact of tropical diseases is largely regional; however, due to the challenges of eliminating diseases in resource-poor settings and the reverberating effects of such wide scale morbidity and mortality, there is a global responsibility to develop collaborative, synchronous initiatives and solutions.
Objectives:1. To provide a forum for Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African researchers in the areas of diagnostics, treatment, and prevention of malaria working on or in Africa to network, share data, experience, and general knowledge with American researchers with similar expertise and vice versa. 2. To develop collaborative research projects through FLAD’s small start-up grant program for the best proposals created out of the conference, by conference participants, with conference participants. 3. To discuss problems with current research strategies for HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in Africa and develop and document innovative collaborative solutions during guided round table discussions. 4. To have a multi-disciplinary call for abstracts bringing together basic science and public health researchers to encourage cross talk (epidemiology, entomology, immunology, vaccines, drugs, social mobilization, etc.)