AvecNet celebrated completing the first half of the project during a midpoint scientific review in September 2013. Approximately 52 attendees from 14 of our partner institutes and from three agrochemical companies met for a two day scientific meeting in Rome. Day one of the scientific meeting kicked off with Professor Hilary Ranson (LSTM) providing an update on the achievements to date and outlining the way forward for phase two of the project. Much of the efforts and resources will be directed at the clinical trial of the new dual action bednet from Sumitomo Chemicals, which will be taking place in Burkina Faso. Work on the development, evaluation and translation of new products and tools will continue apace in all aspects of the AvecNet portfolio.
Following on from Prof. Hilary Ranson’s welcome and overall update, AvecNet Work Package leaders and AvecNet’s PhD students presented and updated colleagues on their achievements to date. The midpoint scientific review meeting also enabled Parallel Work package planning meetings to take place on the final morning of the meeting.