For the second consecutive year, Dr. Carmenza Spadafora was part of the designated committee reviewing proposals for the Innovation Pitch Contest of ASTMH

The Innovations Pitch Competition is a TED Talk-style, rapid-pitch session held in front of a live audience at the Annual Meeting. Five finalists are selected to pitch their innovative ideas for a monetary prize. Winners have obtained $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000 award money to help them kickstart their ideas. This activity took place at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Ricardo Correa: New graduate of the successful PhD program of Acharya Nagarjuna University of India and INDICASAT AIP of Panama.

His thesis on suicidal signals carried by Extracellular Vesicles of Plasmodium falciparum resulted in three important publications:

Extracellular vesicles could carry an evolutionary footprint in interkingdom communication. Ricardo Correa, Zuleima Caballero, Luis Fernando De León and Carmenza Spadafora. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 03 March 2020 |

Extracellular vesicles carrying lactate dehydrogenase induce suicide in increased population density of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. Ricardo Correa M, Lorena M Coronado, Zuleima Caballero, Paula Faral, Carlos Robello and Carmenza Spadafora. Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 5042 (2019

Volatile organic compounds associated with Plasmodium falciparum infection in vitro. Ricardo Correa, Lorena M. Coronado, Anette C. Garrido, Armando A. Durant-Archibold and Carmenza Spadafora. Parasites and Vectors. 2017 May 2;10(1):215

A summary of these findings was presented in the recent conference of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Washington, D.C. Big congratulations!