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Johns Hopkins: Malaria Research Institute Hosts ‘Vector Encounter’ Exchange for Researchers

On June 6 and 7, the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute hosted Vector Encounter, a two-day gathering for presentation, informal discussion and promoting collaboration in the growing field of vector biology. The Malaria Research Institute is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The more than 90 participants came from the National Institutes of Health, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, New Mexico State University and University of Lahore in Pakistan, among others.

Presentations were limited to one investigator per laboratory by the PI or by a senior lab member. At a breakout session on June 6, non-PIs presented their research in small groups with trainees and PIs.

Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, professor in the Bloomberg School’s department of molecular microbiology and immunology, created the first Vector Encounter in 1996 when the study of disease vectors at the molecular level was a fledgling area of research. At the time, there were only a few sessions on vector biology at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene’s annual meetings. Dr. Jacobs-Lorena hosted the inaugural Vector Encounter at Case Western Reserve University with 24 participants, and brought the concept with him to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003. The next Vector Encounter will take place at the Bloomberg School June 4 and 5, 2020.

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