Meet the DMC-MALVEC participants and get to know our project at major scientific conferences worldwide:

1. Geneva Health Forum- Geneva, APRIL 10-12, 2018.

LabDisk presentation: http://ghf2018.g2hp.net/wpcproduct/the-labdisk/

2. MIM 2018- 7th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference Multilatera lInitiative on Malaria- Dakar, APRIL 15-20, 2018

3. ECE 2018- XI European Congress of Entomology, Naples, July 2-6, 2018. 

4. Molecular Diagnostics Europe, Lisbon, May 22-23, 2018.

The Second Annual Newsletter of DMC MALVEC can be downloaded here in English and in French

The External Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) for DMC-MALVEC has been formed to provide independent technical advice, assess the quality of the activities and help in assessing the progress of the project’s proposed activities. The committee consists of: 

-Dr. Lizette Koekemoer, head of the Vector Control Reference Unit (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) and expert on mosquito vector control and insecticide resistance.

Dr. Koekomer started her scientific career in mosquito vector control after she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 1995. She graduated with her PhD in 1999 and continued her research interest in molecular systematics. This interest was later expanded to include insecticide resistance and the molecular mechanisms responsible for resistance. After realising the extent of insecticide resistance and the threat to malaria transmission, her research interests widened to include the development of additional vector control tools or interventions, e.g. entomopathogenic fungi and the sterile insect technique. This in turn led to her interest in the novel fields of research on male mosquitoes and transmission blocking studies. 

 

-Additional members to be announced shorty.

The First Annual Newsletter of DMC MALVEC can be downloaded here in English and in French

DMC-MALVEC Consortium Meeting: Freiburg, Mar 20-21 2017

Our next consortium meeting will take place in Freiburg, Germany on March 20-21, 2017.The main objectives:

1. Review 1st year activities
2. Prepare 18M major project review for EU, according to grant agreement; make sure deliverables and milestones covered/on track, carefully justify possible outstanding issues, and allocate reporting tasks
3. Discuss possible changes in the plan, including budget updates (if applicable), to be submitted  together with 18M report.
4. Clarify possible managerial issues (logistics etc).
4. Review and define action plan for Y2

LabDisk meeting: Heraklion, Jul 18-19 2016  

 

During the LabDisk Meeting that took place in Heraklion, Crete (Jul 18-19, 2016) the following main points were agreed by all participants:

  • Two separate disks will be developed: one for A. gambiae assays, one for A. funestus assays. Simultaneous DNA and RNA extraction will be made on-disk.
  • A total of 12 qPCR reaction chambers will be used. Detection of 3 colors in each reaction chamber. Adding a fourth color/probe is also possible.
  • Assays will be firstly developed in individual mosquito strains (optimization from the analytical point of view) and then in mosquito pools (optimization from the diagnostic point of view).
  • DDMS: Output from LabDisk should be able to be exported as raw data (Ct and/or endpoint fluorescence values) in csv format, data should be then inputted in a stand-alone simple excel file. After transformations and calculations data will be entered to the DDMS.

Kick Off meeting: Liverpool, Feb 23-24 2016

 

The Diagnosis Management Communication – Malaria Vector Control (DMC-MALVEC) kick off meeting took place in Liverpool, UK, from the 23rd to the 24th of February 2016.

The DMC-MALVEC project aims to develop new technologies for the diagnostics of insecticide resistance, management and communication. These have been real challenges facing many vector borne disease control programs across Africa.

This was the initial meeting of the DMC-MALVEC project that brings together partners in Africa and Europe to develop and improve the three areas of insecticide resistance diagnosis; management and interpretation of the data and communication to better inform policy.

The main aim of the two-day workshop was to plan how this project will move forward and develop the structure in which all partners will work. These activities are crucial to the success of the project.