HUMAN's Expert Meeting: Differential diagnosis of P. Pan, P. falciparum and P. vivax with highly sensitive Malaria-LAMP
Attendees can seize the opportunity to discuss and exchange with three international experts about use cases and evaluation results of Malaria-LAMP. Furthermore, the Expert Meeting will be about the particular challenges of P. vivax infections in eliminating malaria and the performance of the first specific P. vivax molecular-based diagnostic test.
HUMAN is very proud to have the following three international experts in Louisiana: Professor Dr. Colin Sutherland from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical (United Kingdom), Dr. Xavier Ding from the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in Switzerland, and Professor Dr. Shigeyuki Kano who is working for the Department of Tropical Medicine and Malaria in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan.
Dr. Yasuyoshi Mori (EIKEN CHEMICAL CO.,LTD.) will first introduce the LAMP-technology and the brand-new Plasmodium vivax assay.
Professor Dr. Colin Sutherland will talk about Diagnosis of malaria infections with LAMP: Plasmodium spp. detection in the clinic and in the field.
Colin Sutherland is a biologist and parasitologist who joined LSHTM in 1998. He developed an interest in parasite drug resistance in the context of the team‘s clinical studies in The Gambia from 1998 - 2002. From 2004 - 2011, Colin continued his studies of parasite drug susceptibility, and developed new projects on molecular diagnostics for parasitology with Peter Chiodini and Spencer Polley in the Department of Clinical Parasitology at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. This work now continues with Public Health England in the PHE Malaria Reference Laboratory, LSHTM, where Colin is HCPC registered as a Clinical Scientist. Among Colin‘s current roles are: Co-Director, LSHTM Malaria Centre; Deputy Director (Science), PHE Malaria Reference Laboratory, LSHTM; Vice- President, British Society for Parasitology.
Dr. Xavier Ding will focus on Plasmodium vivax presenting challenges in diagnosis, treatment and elimination.
Dr. Xavier Ding is a molecular biologist and has been involved in various research projects on malaria and other tropical diseases. Since 2014, he has been a member of FIND. He manages the activities of FIND`s Malaria Team with the objective to effectively support the development of new diagnostic solutions, from biomarker discovery to new product implementation, in partnership with industry, academia and global health leaders. In his role he has contributed to the development of new diagnostic tests and is working on several initiatives to improve diagnostic solutions for Plasmodium vivax detection.
Afterwards, Professor Dr. Shigeyuki Kano will present his experience with Malaria-LAMP in Laos and Haiti, taking a closer look on the importance of submicroscopic/asymptomatic malaria detection toward malaria elimination.
Professor Shigeyuki Kano is director of the Department of Tropical Medicine and Malaria at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan. He was President of the Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine (2015-2017), and currently, Board Member of the Japan Association for International Health, Japanese Society of Travel and Health, Japanese Society of Clinical Parasitology, the Japanese Society of Parasitology, member of ASTMH, and Fellow of RSTMH. He is serving as an advisor of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) for the malaria control project under Japanese ODA or Global Fund.
After the Expert Meeting, there will be a question and answer session where attendees can talk with the experts to clear open questions.