'World Malaria Day' Observance on UC Davis Campus Set April 25
March 2, 2012
Malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. (Photo by Anthony Cornel)
DAVIS--The sixth annual observance of World Malaria Day on the University of California, Davis, campus, set Wednesday, April 25, will include presentations on the historical, current and future efforts of malaria control, as well as updates on other vector biology research.
The event, open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Room 1031 of the Gladys Valley Hall, School of Veterinary Medicine.
The UC Davis World Malaria Day is an opportunity "for students and researchers engaged in vector biology and genetics research to come together to discuss their research efforts,” said coordinator and spokesperson Michelle Sanford, a postdoctoral scholar in the Vector Genetics Lab. The event is being held in connection with World Malaria Day, and in support of the Roll Back Malaria Program in promoting education and research in the fight against malaria.
The UC Davis Vector Genetics Lab is sponsoring the event as part of a National Institutes of Health training grant. The first World Malaria Day at UC Davis was launched in 2007 by the (now-folded) UC Mosquito Research Program, then directed by medical entomologist Gregory Lanzaro and now a professor in the Department of Pathology, MIcrobiology and Immunology (PMI) of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Lanzaro and fellow medical entomologist Anton Cornel, an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and a mosquito researcher at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, direct the Vector Genetics Lab research programs. Both Lanzaro and Cornel advise entomology graduate students.
Theme of this year's World Malaria Day is "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria." According to the World Malaria Report 2011, more than 216 million cases of malaria and an estimated 655 000 deaths occurred worldwide in 2010. Due to investments in malaria control, malaria mortality rates have dropped by more than 25 percent globally since 2000. Statistics show that malaria deaths in Africa have been cut by one-third within the last decade, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
More than half of the world's population is at risk for malaria, the mosquite-borne disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. The malaria mosquito, Anopheles, bites mainly between dusk and dawn. Children in Africa are the most susceptible to malaria; a child dies every minute of the disease, which accounts for approximately 22 percent of all childhood deaths, according to WHO.
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--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology