Parasite to Prevention – an Open Access Week event

BioMed Central’s international conference, Parasite to Prevention, was run during Open Access Week 2010 in connection with our OA journal, Malaria Journal.

The Edinburgh conference brought together leading malaria researchers and industry representatives to review important recent findings in parasite and vector biology, disease pathophysiology and immunology, disease treatment, prevention and control.

With thanks to bursaries funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several of the attending researchers at Parasite to Prevention joined us from struggling  economies where malaria is most prevalent, including Ghana, Kenya and Indonesia.

In true open access spirit, research in the malaria field was globally represented and shared among delegates at the first of what may become a recurring annual event, where the latest initiatives and key developments within malaria research are discussed by the international research community.

Marcel Tanner of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Brendan Crabb, Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute, Australia were among some of the anticipated speakers, not forgetting Gulliver Turtle, our open access mascot, who was there to help us bring research out of its shell.

Open Access Week 2010 was the largest and most celebrated Open Access Week yet. With just under 900 participants in 94 countries, this year’s event was three times larger than celebrations in 2009. BioMed Central  were glad to participate in such a successful event and encourage open access to international scientific research in the field of malaria.

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