28 November 2013

Vector Control - New Technologies and Environmental Strategies

Organised by:

SCI's Environment, Health and Safety and BioResources Groups

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London

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Drug or vaccine distribution has been effective in treating many vector-borne diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and West Nile virus, but where resistance to drugs occurs, and given the lack of effective vaccines for some deadly vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue, vector control must be implemented. This event will consider traditional methods of reducing suitable habitats and vector-man contact as part of an hollistic approach to vector control, alongside development of new technologies.

Distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets to protect young children and pregnant women most susceptible to malaria has been emphasised, but not all disease transmission occurs inside homes at night and the vectors are becoming resistant to the insecticides: a more comprehensive approach is needed.

With growing interest in eliminating malaria, this event will look back at successful methods of vector control prior to the advent of insecticides. That these methods were highly successful in curbing malaria transmission suggests that they should also be a component of current vector control programmes alongside new technologies and environmental strategies. At this meeting we will review whether this approach can provide more effective control of disease transmission and help those living in many disease endemic areas to move out of poverty.

This event will be suitable for scientists and organisations involved in pesticides, agriculture, water management and urban development in relation to environmental health management, and provides ample opportunity for discussion and interaction with our panel of international speakers.

Event Day

Event Schedule
Registration and refreshments
Chair's Intro
Classical methods for water and land management to promote health and agriculture Dr William Jobin, Blue Nile Associates
Environmental management for vector control Dr Abraham Mnzava, Vector Control Unit, Global Malaria Programme, WHO
Effects of land cover changes on the behaviour of the arboviral vector Ae africanus in Zika forest: a concern for emerging diseases in Uganda Dr Josephine Birungi, Uganda Virus Research Institute
New insecticide discovery for vector control: working within a product development partnership Dr Phil Wege, Syngenta
Hot holidays and feverish souvenirs Dr Tim Brooks, National Specialist, Emergency Preparedness and Response Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, Health Protection Agency
Morning discussion
Lunch and Posters
Presentations by two poster presenters
Genetic control of mosquitoes Dr Luke Alphey, Oxitec
Culicoides biting midges and arboviruses: decision making tools from global research Dr Simon Carpenter, The Pirbright Institute
Title to be advised Dr Pie Müller, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Are there prospects for eliminating malaria? Professor Robert Sinden, Imperial College London
Poster award presentation and general discussion
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Venue and Contact

Institute of Materials (IOM/3)

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
1 Carlton House Terrace

SCI Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Earlybird fees - before 25 October 2013

SCI Member £150
SCI Student and students presenting posters £40
Academics and Charities £100
Non-Member £200

Standard fees - after 25 October 2013

SCI Member £200
SCI Student and students presenting posters £40
Academics and Charities £100
Non-Member £260

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Additional Info
Poster submissions are invited on the topic of R&D into vector control. To make a submission, please send a 250 word abstract entitled 'New Technolgies for Vector Control - poster abstract' by 8 November to conferences@soci.org. All submissions will be acknowledged and there will be a £250 prize for the winning presentation.
Exhibition and sponsorship opportunites are available for companies and related organisations at this conference. 
For more information, please contact: patricia.cornell@soci.org.


IOM3 can be reached on foot from the following underground (tube) stations - Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines), Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee lines) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines). 
For more information about services, and a map, please go to - www.tfl.gov.uk
IOM3 is approximately a 10 minute walk from Charing Cross mainline train station. 
For information on train times and operators, contact National Rail Enquiries - +44 (0)8457 484950, www.nationalrail.co.uk
For more information about parking in the area, please go to - http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/sw1y_5db/


There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in the Belgravia area, a short distance from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. For more information, please click here.


Dr Mary Nnankya, Namba-Biotech Ltd, UK
Professor Graham Matthews, Imperial College, UK