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Gene drive symposium - Gene drive mosquitoes for malaria control: a new horizon for public health?
Recent advances in gene drive mosquito technologies have created new possibilities for accelerating the elimination of malaria and other mosquito-transmitted diseases. But the implications of these new technologies for public health policy and practice have not been fully explored. This symposium, co-hosted by The Carter Center and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, will bring together scientists, public health practitioners, ethicists, historians, and ministry of health officials from malaria-endemic countries to discuss issues surrounding the integration of these new technologies into malaria control programs.

Please find a brief overview of the agenda below:

9:00 – 9:20: Welcoming Remarks
Speakers: James Curran (Emory Rollins School of Public Health) and Kashef Ijaz (The Carter Center)

9:20 – 9:40: Malaria control and elimination – current status, challenges, and prospects
Speaker: Gregory Noland (The Carter Center)

9:40 – 10:00: Can better biomedical technologies eliminate malaria? An historical perspective
Speaker: Randall M Packard (Johns Hopkins University)

10:00 – 10:20: Perspectives from malaria eliminating countries: The Dominican Republic
Speaker: Keyla Ureña (Center for Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Dominican Republic)

10:20 – 10:35: Break

10:35 – 10:55: Current State of the Art of Gene Drive Technologies
Speaker: David O’Brochta (Foundation for the National Institutes of Health)

10:55 – 11:15: Deploying gene drive mosquitoes for malaria elimination: How to speak to African policy makers
Speaker: Richard Mukabana (University of Nairobi)

11:15 – 12:30: Panel discussion
Host: Sarah Carter (Science Policy Consulting)
Panelists:
Keyla Ureña (Center for Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Dominican Republic)
Richard Mukabana (AFIDEP)
Claudia Emerson (McMaster University)
Rebecca Wilbanks (Johns Hopkins University)
Mark Benedict (CDC)

Apr 25, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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