DZIF seminar series (2017-2022)

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(As of 30 May the seminar took again place on site on the last Monday of a month at 12h00 or 17h00 Central European Time (mostly) in INF 344, ground floor, SR 003/004 with the possibility to attend online via Webex.)
Date Guest Speaker Home Institution Title of the Talk
28.11.22 Nicolas Brancucci Swiss TPH, Switzerland Intra-erythrocytic Plasmodium falciparum:host interactions
24.10.22 Hilary Ranson Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Great Britain Using entomological data to estimate public health value of new malaria intervention tools
26.09.22 Diana Moita Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal Whole-sporozoite vaccines against malaria: How different can they be?
23.09.22 Netsanet Mengitsu University of Gondar, Ethiopia Neurolathyrism: An Incurable Disabling Neurological Disorder of The Neglected Communities in Ethiopia and Beyond

Moussa Guelbeogo & Antoine Sanou

Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme, Burkina Faso presentation of current research
27.06.22 Rolf Fendel University Hospital Tübingen Immune response to malaria vaccines
30.05.22 Norbert Becker European Mosquito Control Association (EMCA) The control of mosquitoes as nuisance and vectors in Germany and the potential of technology transfers to tropical countries
25.04.22 Rhoel Dinglasan Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, USA Malaria Transmission-Biology: From host-pathogen interactions to vaccines and diagnostics but not necessarily in that order
28.03.22 Paul Sigala University of Utah, USA Unraveling the Metabolic Adaptations of Malaria Parasite
28.02.22 Cheryl Andisi Kivisi Pwani University, Kenya Plasmodium surface antigen presentation
31.01.22 Ian Cheeseman Texas Biomedical Institute, San Antonio, USA Rapid Adaptation in Malaria Parasites’
(As of 2021 organized by our group leader Victoria Ingham. Due to COVID-19 the seminar took place online, mostly on the last Monday of a month at 12h00 or 17h00 Central European Time.)
Date Guest Speaker Home Institution Title of the Talk
06.12.21 Lilach Sheiner University of Glasgow, Great Britain Mitochondrial enzymes in Toxoplasma - a complex story!
25.10.21 Marcel Deponte Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany Protein abundance and folding rather than the redox state of Kelch13 determine the artemisinin susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum
30.08.21 Jacob Tennessen The Broad Institute / Harvard, USA Population genomics and impacts on parasite evolution and transmission
26.07.21 Selina Bopp Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, USA A natural variant in Plasmodium falciparum Acyl Co-A Synthetase 10 confers resistance to novel antimalarials
28.06.21 Antoine Sanou Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme (CNRFP), Burkina Faso Malaria vector control in Burkina Faso: what are the challenges?
08.06.21 Joachim Matz The Francis Crick Institute, London, Great Britain Mechanisms of heme biomineralisation in the malaria parasite
31.05.21 Sunil Parikh Yale University, USA Ivermectin to reduce malaria transmission in Burkina Faso - early results from a cluster-randomized trial
26.04.21 Robyn Kent University of Vermont, USA The stage specific roles of motility in T. Gondii
06.04.21 Carola Schäfer Bernhard-Nocht-Institute, Hamburg, Germany A humanised mouse model to test antibody-based interventions against relapsing malaria
22.02.21 Flaminia Catteruccia Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, USA Breaking up Anopheles-Plasmodium interactions for malaria elimination
25.01.21 David Pigott Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, USA Data for Modelling COVID-19 and implications for data on Global Health Security
(Restart of the seminar series on 7 September 2020. Due to COVID-19 the seminar went virtual.)
Date Guest Speaker Home Institution Title of the Talk
14.12.20 Elizabeth Egan Stanford University School of Medicine, USA Deciphering the role of the red cell in Plasmodium falciparum malaria
08.12.20 Sunil Parikh School of Public Health, Yale University, USA Optimizing artemisinin-combination therapies to maximize efficacy and limit resistance
01.12.20 Matthias Garten National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA Segregation of function at the host-red blood cell – malaria parasite interface: protein, solute and lipid transporters in domains at contact sites
16.11.20 Chris Moxon Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology, University of Glasgow, Great Britain How might we put the breaks on blood brain barrier breakdown in cerebral malaria
03.11.20 Silvia Kariuki KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya Mechanism of protection against severe malaria conferred by the Dantu blood group variant
19.10.20 Muhammad Asghar Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden Long-term hidden cost of infections
06.10.20 Victoria Ingham Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Great Britain The complexity of insecticide resistance in Anopheline vectors
21.09.20 Marta Maia KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya Near infrared spectroscopy for sporozoite detection in mosquitoes
07.09.20 Tovi Lehmann National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rockville, USA A high, mosquito eye view on malaria and the African mosquito-borne diseasome
Seminar series suspended between March - August 2020 due to social distancing regulations in connection with COVID-19. Seminar restart in September via webinar platform Zoom.
14.02.20 Michaela Petter University Hospital Erlangen, Germany The epigenome of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes 
Date Guest Speaker Home Institution Title of the Talk
12.12.19 Melissa Penny Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland Development and deployment of novel malaria interventions: the role of modelling and simulation
29.11.19 Miguel Soares Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal Metabolic adaptation as a defense strategy against infection
14.11.19 Amulic Borko School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol, Great Britain Neutrophil regulation of Plasmodium sequestration and immunopathology
17.10.19 Alfred Cortés iSGlobal, Barcelona, Spain Sexual conversion in malaria parasites: the epigenetic mark, the transcription factor and the target genes
10.10.19 Catherine Merrick University of Cambridge, Great Britain The many cycles of Plasmodium falciparum: DNA replication & cell cycling in an unusual protozoan
12.09.19 Thomas Otto University of Glasgow, Great Britain Computational approaches to study the evolution of var genes in Plasmodium
30.08.19 Carolina Barillas Mury National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rockville, USA Plasmodium evasion of mosquito immunity enhances malaria transmission
13.06.19 Matthias Marti University of Glasgow, Great Britain Revisiting malaria transmission: from biology to translation 
06.06.19 Joana Carneiro da Silva Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA Genomics of whole organism vaccine-induced protection 
09.05.19 Rogerio Amino Institut Pasteur, Paris, France Protective cytotoxic antibodies target malaria parasites in the host skin
11.04.19 Hedda Wardemann German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany Human B cell memory to Plasmodium falciparum Circumsporozoite Protein
21.03.19 Ayola Akim Adegnika Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné, Gabon Fast track development of malaria vaccine in malaria endemic area using CHMI in Lambarene, Gabon
14.03.19 Maryse Lebrun University of Montpellier, France Insights into the secretion machine of virulence factors in apicomplexan parasites
28.02.19 Marcel Deponte University of Kaiserslautern, Germany The oxidative stress hypothesis in malaria research: facts and fiction
14.02.19 Moritz Treeck The Crick Institute, London, Great Britain Species-specific virulence factors in human Malaria: Expansion and export of a kinase family in Plasmodium falciparum
10.01.19 Mathieu Brochet University of Geneva, Switzerland Taking life changing decisions in ten seconds - calcium signalling in malaria parasites
Date Guest Speaker Home Institution Title of the Talk
13.12.18 Sam Wassmer LSHTM, Great Britain Linking sequestration, vascular dysfunction, and brain swelling in cerebral malaria
08.11.18 Marcelo Urbano Ferreira  Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil Naturally acquired antibodies and clinical immunity to Plasmodium vivax malaria
11.10.18 Catherine Lavazec Institut Cochin, Paris, France Targeting erythrocyte mechanical properties to block malaria parasite transmission
13.09.18 Erica Pasini Biomedical Primate Research Center, The Netherlands Non-human primates in malaria research - Using ‘omics to study parasite-host interactions
09.05.18 Miguel Prudencio Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal Pre-Clinical and Early Clinical Evaluation of a Plasmodium berghei Sporozoite-Based Malaria Vaccine
12.04.18 Stéphanie Blandin Strasbourg University, France  
08.02.18 Elena Levashina Max-Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany Dynamics of malaria infections in Anopheles mosquitoes
11.01.18 Laurent Dembele Bamako University, Mali Relapsing Malaria Liver Stage Model Enabling Novel Drug Discovery Against Hypnozoite
(Start of the DZIF Seminar Series organized by our group leader Silvia Portugal in October 2017.)
Date Guest Speaker Home Institution Title of the Talk
14.12.17 Steffen Borrmann University of Tübingen, Germany Malaria - still more questions than answers
05.10.17 Miles Davenport Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity, UNSW Sydney, Australia Host-pathogen interactions in malaria