UGA One Health Symposium to Focus on Malaria

06 March 2014

ATHENS - Experts from the University of Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University will gather together to discuss the global issue of malaria on March 17. The symposium will be titled “The Secret Life of Malaria- A Global Journey to Cure and Prevention.” It will be held in room 175 of the Paul D. Coverdell Center from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, organized by UGA’s Division of One Health, will be free and open to the public. However, organizers ask that attendees register online in advance. Free lunch will also be provided to registered attendees.

Susan Sanchez, professor and chair of One Health, explains, "One Health is a concept describing the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health, something we all need to be increasingly aware of in this global age of anthropomorphic changes to our environment and wide-spread travel."

Experts at the event will discuss diagnostics, treatments and prevention of malaria including recent findings and new approaches. Around the world, nearly 3.3 billion people are at risk for malaria, according to the World Health Organization. The disease kills more than half a million people each year.

There are various types of malaria that can affect birds, reptiles, and humans.

Symposium sponsors include Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, department of cellular biology, department of infectious diseases, Faculty of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Bioinformatics, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

For more information: http://onlineathens.com/uga/2014-03-05/uga-one-health-symposium-focus-malaria

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