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1 Malaria eradication Can we do it? Should we do it? @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

2 Society of Biology @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek The Society of Biology is a professional body for bioscientists – providing a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting their members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.

3 Key Supporters @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

4 Biology Week 11th-18th October 2014 @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek Biology Week is an annual celebration of the life sciences organised by the Society of Biology. There are over 100 events and activates taking place, including six Big Biology Day science festivals, the Society’s annual awards ceremony and the launch of ‘Biology: Changing the World’. Biology Week gives everyone the chance to discover the amazing breadth of the biosciences, to celebrate what biology has done for us in the past, and to debate what it can do for us in the future.

5 © Gates Foundation Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

6 © World Bank Photo Collection In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627,000 deaths* mostly among African children. ( *uncertainty range: 473,000 to 789,000) @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

7 © US Army Africa Malaria is preventable and curable. @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

8 © Gates Foundation Increased prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places. @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

9 @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek © Gates Foundation A technician examines a mosquito trap in Lupiro village. @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

10 @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek ©NIAID Colourised ‘scanning electron micrograph’ of a red blood cell infected with malaria parasites. @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

11 Professor Chris Whitty Chief Scientific Adviser & Director of Research, Department for International Development Chairperson @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

12 Professor Janet Hemingway Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Insect Molecular Biology Speaker Position statement: “Eradication is doable if we have the right tools and they are all properly deployed but that is an enormous ask.” @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

13 Dr Tony Holder Head of the Division of Parasitology at the MRC- National Institute for Medical Research Speaker Position statement: “Malaria eradication requires a shift beyond efforts to control the disease and requires development of new tools.” @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

14 Professor Eleanor Riley Professor of Infectious Disease Immunology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Speaker Position statement: “Malaria eradication is not possible with the tools and resources available.” @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

15 Professor Robert Sinden Head of Malaria Cell Biology at The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford. Speaker Position statement: “We must keep eradication as the key driver of our research.” @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek @Society_Biology #BiologyWeek

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