Science and research: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases’ 10th Anniversary panel and NTDs operational research

< Friday, 21 April schedule

When and where

  • 2pm to 3.30pm - Friday, 21 April
  • Room: Ballroom

About the meeting

The purpose of this session is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of PLOS and to reflect on the challenges and priorities regarding operational research for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

2pm to 3pm: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases’ 10th Anniversary panel

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLOS NTDs) celebrates the journal’s 10th Anniversary year, as well as the launch of the PLOS NTDs Tenth Anniversary Collection, a series of insightful articles written by Editorial Board members examining progress in each of the major NTDs over the last decade. 

With its first issue in 2007, PLOS NTDs took its place as the first Open Access journal focusing specifically on neglected tropical diseases. As co-Editor in Chief Peter Hotez wrote in his launch Editorial: “With unprecedented representation from women and developing countries on our Editorial Board, together with a magazine section devoted to policy, analysis, and debate, we hope that PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases will promote a collective voice for the world's poorest people.” With over 4,000 research articles published since its inception and 26 writing workshops hosted by our Editors in disease-endemic countries around the globe, PLOS NTDs has worked hard to level the playing field over the last 10 years. 

The agenda
To honour our history while looking to the future of PLOS NTDs in the NTDs community, the PLOS NTDs panel will bring together Dr. Mwele Malacela (PLOS NTDs author and lymphatic filariasis expert from the National Institute for Medical Research, the United Republic of Tanzania); Dr. Nilanthi de Silva (PLOS NTDs Associate Editor and soil-transmitted helminth infection expert from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka); and Dr. Xiao-Nong Zhou (PLOS NTDs Associate Editor and schistosomiasis expert from the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the People’s Republic of China), in conversation with Dr. Peter Hotez, co-Editor-in-Chief of PLOS NTDs, and Veronique Kiermer, Executive Editor at PLOS.

3pm to 3.30pm: NTD operational research

María Rebollo (WHO) will moderate a conversation with a panel of Heads of NTDs programs of affected countries to debate and reflect on operational research challenges facing NTD programs. 


Uniting to Combat NTDs, the World Health Organization and the NTD community are hosting the NTD Summit in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2017.

We'll celebrate the community's achievements over the past 5 years and plan for the future as we aim to control, eliminate and eradicate 10 neglected tropical diseases.

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