Keystone Symposia, MESA convene malaria conference in Mexico

Keystone Symposia, a nonprofit organization convening open scientific conferences, announced a collaboration on Friday with the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance to convene a conference about malaria eradication in Mexico.

The focus of "The Science of Malaria Eradication," which began on Sunday evening, was the examination of today's scientific evidence base and cutting-edge discoveries in an effort to find the quickest path to ending malaria. The four-day conference took place at the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Merida, Mexico.

The conference gathered experts from 37 countries for four days of morning and evening plenary sessions to discuss a variety of topics, including vaccine initiatives, surveillance, genetic engineering approaches, health systems research and drug development. The conference was the first Keystone Symposia conference in Mexico.

"For the first time, a Keystone Symposia conference is focused on the science of malaria eradication; this is a milestone in the development of the research agenda," Pedro Alonso, a lead scientific organizer for the conference, said. "Discovery and innovation from the bench to operational research will be captured."

The conference was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funded travel awards for investigators from malaria-endemic countries to attend.

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance is a coalition formed in 2012 to advance the science of malaria eradication. The alliance's research portfolio is pertinent to P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria.

Keystone Symposia was founded as UCLA Symposia in 1972. The organization will convene 59 conferences in 2014.