ASTMH 2017, Jane Cunningham: “Pfhrp2/3 gene deletions: How big is the problem?”
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Title: "Pfhrp2/3 gene deletions: How big is the problem?"
Speaker: Jane Cunningham, World Health Organization
Tuesday, 7 November, 8:00 - 9:45 AM, Convention Center - Ballroom III (Level 400)
This symposium tackles an emerging threat to malaria diagnostic testing in some parts of the world, P. falciparum parasites with deletions of the pfhrp2/3 genes that render them undetectable by commonly used rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). As a result of increasing reports of parasites lacking the pfhrp2/3 genes in parts of the Americas, Africa and Asia, the World Health Organization has prioritized the development of policies to confirm detection of these parasites and deploy alternative diagnostic tests in affected regions. This symposium will address the current scope of the problem, disseminate methodological advances important to surveillance efforts and explore the pipeline of discovery and commercialization of biomarkers for use in RDTs. Most importantly, the session will foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders, including scientists, malaria control programs, policymakers and malaria diagnostic test developers.