The International Federation for Tropical Medicine (IFTM) was first established in 1988, at the occasion of the XII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM) held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The first President-Elect was Doctor Adetokunbo O. Lucas.
The principal function of the Federation is the promotion of periodic International Congresses on Tropical Medicine and other appropriate meetings. Presently, in a time where information and communication reached such an important status in the modern society and scientific and medical communities, additional challenges of the Federation include the dissemination and exchange of knowledge in Tropical Medicine, and the support of cooperation between the national federated societies.
(Published in March 2017)
Prof. Dr. Santiago Mas-Coma made the first plenary speech at the successful Asian Neglected Tropical Disease Conference (NTDASIA2017) organized by Prof. Dr. Banchop Sripa in Khon Kaen, Thailand (Figure 1), last 8-9 March 2017. That opening session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Jitra Waikagul, member of the IFTM Executive Board and the scientist leading the Organizing Committee of the next ICTMM 2020 to be held in Thailand, Bangkok.
In the final session of the meeting, Santiago Mas-Coma was in charge of giving the young scientist awards, including a first prize and three highly commended awards (Figure 2).
Furthermore, he had the occasion to visit the "Lawa Lake model" which concerns a a markedly effective integrated Opisthorchis viverrini Eco-Health control approach guided by Banchop Sripa. This initiative has decreased the human prevalence from 60% to 10% in a highly endemic area where liver fluke-induced cholangiocarcinoma and liver cancer percentages are among the highest in the country (Figure 3).
(Published in October 2016)
In the last 21st September, Professor Santiago Mas-Coma, President Elect since 2012, became the new President of the International Federation for Tropical Medicine.
Professor Doctor Dr Honoris Causa Santiago Mas-Coma is Director and Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO/OMS) Collaborating Centre on Fascioliasis and Its Snail Vectors and of the FAO-United Nations Reference Centre for Parasitology at the Departamento de Parasitologia, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Valencia and Director of the International Master Course on Tropical Parasitic Diseases.
He is also Expert Member of the WHO, Member of the International Order of Merit, Adviser of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Editorial Adviser of the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLoS).
He is Past-President of the European Federation of Parasitologists and of the Spanish Society of Parasitology (SEP) and Member of the Federation of Parasitologists (WFP).
(Published in September 2016)
From 29th June to 1st July, 2016, Professors Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro and Santiago Mas-Coma realized an inspection visit to the City of Lyon (France), to evaluate the site infrastructure in view of the French pre-candidature to host the XXI ICTMM in 2024. The present and past Presidents report is presented here.
(Published in August 2016)
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From March 12th to 19th 2016, Professors Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro and Santiago Mas-Coma realized an inspection visit to Bangkok to evaluate the site infrastructure in view of the Thai candidature to host the XX ICTMM in 2020. The present and past Presidents report is presented here.
(Published in May 2016)
It is a pleasure to inform the Delegates and Representatives of the National Tropical Medicine or Parasitology Societies Federated to the IFTM, that Professor Sylvie Manguin* (Montpellier, France) has joined the Board of the IFTM as its Secretary General, replacing our friends and collaborators Professors Filomeno Forte, who had to leave the board in 2014, and Jong-Yil, who kindly accepted to accumulate both functions (Treasurer and Secretary General) from that time up to now.
Professor Chai sent a message on this subject to all representatives of the IFTM Federated National Societies by Email.
We have to acknowledge, once more, Professors Filomeno Fortes and Jong-Yil Chai that helped the IFTM with their expertise and time (2012 to 2014 and 2014 to 2016, respectively) and to warmly welcome Professor Sylvie Manguin to her new office.
Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro
President of the IFTM
(Published in August 2014)
Foundations of Paleoparasitology
Luiz Fernando Ferreira, Karl Jan Reinhard and Adauto Araújo (editors)
Co-edition: Editora Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation) and IFTM (International Federation for Tropical Medicine)
Unprecedented initiative in the world, the book compiles the available knowledge on the subject and presents the state-of the-art in paleoparasitology – term coined about 30 years ago by Brazilian Fiocruz researcher Luiz Fernando Ferreira, pioneer in this science which is concerned with the study of parasites in the past. Multidisciplinary by essence, paleoparasitology gathers contributions from social scientists, biologists, historians, archaeologists, pharmacists, doctors and many other professionals, either in biomedical or humanities fields. With varied applications such as in evolutionary or migration studies, their results often depend on the association between laboratory findings and cultural remains. Signed by authors from various countries such as Argentina, USA, Germany and France, the book has chapters devoted to the discoveries of paleoparasitology on all continents.
Regular price: U$49
(Published in November 2013)
During this year of 2013, we are celebrating the Centennial of the First International Congress for Tropical Medicine (ICTM) that occurred in London, in 1913. For this reason, the International Federation for Tropical Medicine (IFTM) decided to create events alluding to the date, during National or Regional Conferences in countries with Federated Societies.
For historical records, one must register that one other International Congress, dedicated specifically to malaria, appeared in 1925 in Rome, and that the 2nd IC on Tropical Medicine and the 2nd IC on Malaria occurred in Cairo and Algiers, in 1928 and 1930 respectively. But it was in 1938, in Amsterdam, that the two conferences merged and began to occur with the current name and acronym (International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, ICTMM). It was also in Amsterdam, during the course of the twelfth ICTMM, exactly 50 years later, that appeared the IFTM, with the primary goal of ensuring the quality and roaming of the ICTMM over the five continents.
The first Commemorative Event occurred during the II Portuguese Congress of Tropical Medicine. A table chaired by our colleague Filomeno Fortes (Secretary General of the IFTM) occurred with the theme of "Malaria Control in Africa" having as speakers Stephane Duparc (Switzerland), Sylvie Manguin (France), Mavy Hernandez (Cuba), Katrina Lee (South Korea) and Claude Fourant (France). The second event was in Luanda, Angola, on 06.13.2013, in the form of a "Scientific Conference on Tropical Diseases and Endemic Diseases", chaired also by Filomeno Fortes, and consisting of three sessions (Challenges of Tropical Medicine, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Endemic Diseases), to which I had the honour to attend and participate. The third event took place in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil during the realization of the "49th Congress of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine" (SBMT). A panel, chaired by Carlos Henrique Costa Nery (thus the President of SBMT) and myself, focused on "Tropical Medicine inside and outside the Tropics" having CHN Costa, Jong-Yil Chai (Treasurer IFTM, South Korea) and myself as speakers.
From the other events planned, two have already occurred: one in Perth, Australia with a roundtable on "Parasitic Zoonoses and Tropical Medicine" in the "24th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology" (WAAVP, 25-29/8/2013 ), with the presence of Santiago Mas-Coma, Vice President of IFTM, and one other in Copenhagen, Denmark ("8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health", ECTMIH, 9-13/8/2013), with a round table entitled "Tropical Medicine and Global Health : how to walk side by side" under my Presidency and that of Francesco Castelli (Italy) and having Eduardo Gotuzzo (Peru, Past President of the IFTM), José Rodrigues Coura (Brazil, Past President of the Brazilian Tropical Medicine Society), Thomas Junghanss (Germany, Past President of the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health) and S Mas-Coma (Spain, Vice-President and President Elect of the IFTM) as speakers.
Two other roundtables still ensue: "The pathogenesis of vivax malaria", chaired by myself and Ric Price) in Washington, United States, during the "62nd Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene" (ASTMH, 13-17/11/2013) with the presence of Nicholas Anstey (Australia), Fabio Costa (Brazil), Hernando del Portillo (Spain) and Marcus Lacerda (Brazil); and "The paradigm shifts to the Elimination of Parasitic Diseases" in the "Joint International Meeting of Tropical Medicine, 2013" (JITMM 2013 11-13/12/2013) in Bangkok, Thailand with the presence of members of the Presidency - CT Daniel-Ribeiro or S Mas-Coma and JY Chai, and members of the IFTM Expanded Board (Shigeyuki Kano, Japan; Srisin Khusmith, Thailand; and Xiao-Nong Zhou, China) among others.
It’s a great pleasure and a real honor, as the President of the IFTM, to welcome you all to this Australian ICTMM. You all know that it is the XIX edition of this Congress, but, very probably, few of you know that the first ICTM occurred in London in 1913, 103 years ago. Probably most of you also don’t know that the IFTM - that will be presided by my friend Professor Santiago Mas-Coma, the President Elect - from Wednesday on, is much younger; since it was born in 1988 to promote interaction of between the National Tropical Medicine and related Societies, to help the creation of other Associations where they do not exist, and to guarantee the quality and itinerancy of the ICTMM in the different continents. As the 7th President of the IFTM story, I can say that we have been trying to keep our commitments
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Opening ceremony of the XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria and XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine - ICTMM 2012
With, from the left to the right, Professors Carlos Henrique Nery Costa, President of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine; Wilson Duarte Alecrim, Secretary for Health of the Amazonas State, Brazil ; Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro, ( then) President Elect of the IFTM and President of the Scientific Committee of the XVIII ICTMM; Alexandre Padilha, Ministry of Health – Brazil; José Rodrigues Coura, President of the ICTMM; Marcos Fernando de Oliveira Moraes, President of the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine; Carlos Grabois Gadelha, Secretary for Science and Technology of the Brazilian Ministry of Health; Paulo Gadelha, President of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation – Brazil; Robert Sebbag, Vice-President for Access to Drugs of Sanofi-Aventis.
Visit the site of the last ICTMM 2012 CONGRESS
Our colleagues from the were already informed of the passing of Professor Pierre Ambroise-Thomas (MD 1963, DSc 1969) on March 16, 2014 through a tribute to Pierre as a great physician and extraordinary person. In recognition of Pierre’s many virtues, we share with you the thoughts imparted back in September 2015 during the celebration of the 20 years of the Laveran and Deane Seminar on Malaria on Itacuruçá Island, when he was made Emeritus Professor of the Seminar, in memoriam, as these thoughts remain true today.
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Professor Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro, new president of the IFTM, talks about difficulties and his expectations for the next four years, in an interview to the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine.
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Professor Carlos H. N. Costa, President of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine, comments the existence and functioning of National Societies of Tropical Medicine in the developed and developing World.
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Mr Harry Sulzer, son of our colleague Dr. Alexander J. Sulzer (1922-2005), would like to correspond / communicate with a colleague of his father who is familiar with his publications and and professional work with Malaria and other Tropical diseases. Any person who fits this profile and is willing to contact Dr Sulzer's son is requested to contact him directly at the mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
10th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH) http://ectmih2017.be
Antwerp (Belgium), October 16th to 20th, 2017.
The biennial event is promoted by the Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH).
Call for abstracts (deadline April 1st, 2017): http://ectmih2017.be/call-for-abstracts/
SAVE THE DATE - Launching our new strategy, Tuesday 14 March 2017 5pm - 8pm
Please join us to launch the new strategy for RSTMH, in a few weeks time.This event will take place in London and we are planning a number of short meetings during the next few months in other cities in the UK, and beyond, to spread the word. More information will follow shortly but please do save the date. Let us know if your organisation is out of London and would like us to come and visit.
Record number of RSTMH small grants and travel scholarship applications
We have been inundated with grant and scholarship applications this year, more than 3 times the number we received last year. This is fantastic, and thank you to all those who have written to us. The team and scientific committee are busy filtering and reviewing applications. With these higher numbers we will begin notifications and payments from early May with all successful awardees notified by the end of May.
We are honored to welcome you to the 6th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research (ICPVR), to be held in June 11-14 2017, in Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. More informations in http://icpvr.org
The Chilean Society of Parasitology is organizing the XXIV Latin American Congress of Parasitology (FLAP) that will be held at the faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile between 14-17 december 2017. The information will be available at the site of the Chilean Society www.sociedadchilenaparasitologia.cl
20th International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria, 2020. Bangkok, Thailand.
The Congress venue is at the "Bangkok Convention Centre and Centara Grand at Central World".
The Henrique Aragão Medal, created by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation during the IV International Congress on Malaria and Babesiosi held in Rio de janeiro, was awarded, for the 5th time, during the closing ceremony of the XVIII ICTMM.
The laureates were Professors
Victor Nussenzweig and William B Collins.
Dr. Victor Nussenzweig was graduated in Medicine by the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is currently the Hermann M. Biggs Professor of Preventive Medicine; Department of Pathology of New York University of Medicine.
Dr. William E Collins received his BS degree at the Michigan University in 1951, his PhD from the Rutgers Univ. in 1954 and is presently (since 1981) a Research Medical Biologist at the CDC (Atlanta)
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Alphonse Laveran (1845-1922)
Nobel Prize in Medicine (1907) for the discovery of the agent of malaria
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Camillo Golgi (1843-1926) and the “Mystery of Periodic Fevers”
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Patrick Manson (1844-1922) and the First Steps of
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Published in 14 April 2016
In Memoriam: Dr. Antonio D’Alessandro Bacigalupo
We sadly announce the passing of long time friend and colleague Antonio D’Alessandro in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 28, 2016 where he had been in retirement since 2008. Antonio was born in Buenos Aires in 1926. Upon completing his Medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires in 1952, he began his graduate studies in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University receiving the MPHTM degree in 1957 and his Ph.D. in 1961. He was a member of the original group of students who studied under the tutelage of Professor Paul C. Beaver who succeeded Professor Ernest Carrol Faust as the Chair of the Department of Parasitology. After completing his doctoral studies, Antonio joined the faculty as the Scientist/Administrator of the U.S. NIH sponsored Tulane International Center for Medical Research and Training (ICMRT) in Cali, Colombia in association with the Universidad de Valle in Cali. He continued in that position for 23 years. The ICMRT program evolved into the Centro Internacional de Investigaciones Medicas (CIDEIM/ICIDR). His own research studies focused on American trypanosomiasis and polycystic hydatid disease. Following his return to Tulane in 1984, he participated in the teaching program of the Department of Tropical Medicine and served ably as Acting Chairman of the Department from 1985-1988. In 2008, after retirement as Emeritus Professor, Antonio and his wife Rachel moved back to Buenos Aires. While in Colombia, Antonio developed a deep admiration for Pre-Colombian art and amassed a magnificent collection of ceramics and other artifacts which he beautifully displayed in his residences. Recently, Antonio donated his collections to Fundacion Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires where it can now be enjoyed by the public. Antonio was preceded in death by his wife Rachel in 2012 whom he met while both were students at Tulane. They were married for 52 years. He is survived by daughter Marcella and son Antonio Juan both of whom live in the United States. Antonio will be deeply missed by friends and colleagues from around the world.
Lawrence R. Ash
Thomas C. Orihel
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Jacinto Convit (1913-2014)
Venezuelan scientist and physician Doctor Jacinto Convit, pioneer in the development of a vaccine against leprosy, has died last Monday May 12th, 2014, at the age of 100. Dr. Convit, who was born in 1913 in Caracas, Venezuela was inspired since his early days in medical school to fight against the stigmatisation of leprosy patients, and devoted his life to work in the finding of an immunotherapeutic vaccine against this disease. In addition, he also pioneered in the development of a vaccine against cutaneous leishmaniasis. Dr. Convit was the founder of the Instituto de Biomedicina, a Pan American Health Organization Research and Training Center for Leprosy and other Tropical Diseases based in Caracas, where he dedicated much of his life on finding ways to improve the health of people in isolated and remote areas of Venezuela and around the world.
He was a full time Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and was awarded with the Prince of Asturias Prize in Science (1987), the French Legion of Honor, The Medal “Health for All” (2000), the Abraham Horwitz Prize for leadership in Inter-American Health, the Alfred Soper Award; he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine (1988), named “Hero of Health” by the Panamerican Health Organization and was also included among the 65 Caring Physicians of the World by the World Medical Association.
After 100 years of a life dedicated to humanity, Dr. Convit leaves an inspiring legacy for the years to come. His fearless fight against leprosy will remain a milestone in the history of Tropical Medicine. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with him have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.
Alberto Panis-Mendolfi (New Haven, USA) and Santiago Mas-Coma (Valencia, Spain)
Published in 17 May 2014
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Pierre Ambroise-Thomas (1937 – 2014)
We have just learnt the death of our colleague and beloved friend, Professor Pierre Ambroise-Thomas (MD 1963, DSc 1969).
Pierre was Honorary Professor of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine at the Faculté de Médecine de Grenoble (France), and former Head of the Service of Parasitology-Mycology at the Hospital Medical School in the same city. He was Honorary President of the French Academy of Medicine, member of the French Academy of Pharmacy, and Honorary Member of the Brazilian Academy of Medicine. He has held several important administrative and political positions in many French Institutions devoted to the Health and Sciences as the Ministry of Health, the National Council of the Universities, and the Scientific Councils of CNRS and of ORSTOM (presently the IRD).
In addition, he was Member of the Board of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Past President of the Société de Pathologie Exotique and member of several Tropical Medicine Societies. Acting as an Expert for the World Health Organization since 1974, he was appointed by the General Director to the Strategic Technical Advisory Group in charge of counseling the WHO in the Fight against neglected tropical diseases.
Professor Pierre Ambroise-Thomas taught in France (at Grenoble and many other universities) as well as in several foreign countries (in Europe, North Africa, Africa, and Asia). He was Honoris causa Professor at the Medical University of Shanghai, where he taught for almost 30 years. His research activities encompassed mainly the immunology of malaria, toxoplasmosis, and several other opportunistic parasitic and mycotic diseases, as well as the treatment of malaria by artemisinins combined therapies (ACT). These research works generated more than 350 publications in indexed journals, around 1,000 publication in French journals or communications at National and International Conferences and 14 books (including the volume “Infectious and parasitic diseases onto the Dictionary of the Académie Nationale de Médecine de France”).
Wishing to finalize the research at the bench with the work in the field, Professor Ambroise-Thomas has conducted – in more than 60 different countries and frequently to the WHO – numerous missions on the main parasitic diseases (malaria, amebiasis, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, and lymphatic filariasis). He organized the XVI International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria in Marseille (France) in 2005.
He leaves behind his loved wife Colette, seven children and sixteen grandchildren.
Published in 16 March 2014
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With 50 years old, Alexander Afrânio Peixoto was at the height of his intellectual activity at the forefront of the research on genetics of insects in the Institute Oswaldo Cruz (IOC/Fiocruz). As Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Insects, Peixoto led studies on the behavioral aspects of vectors to tropical diseases, as Leishmaniasis, Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Yellow Fever. In parallel, he coordinated the Post-Graduate Strictu-sensu Program on Molecular and Cellular Biology at IOC, leading to the formation of MSc and PhD students in six lines of research. He passed away on February 10th, in a tragic accident in the city of Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro. Accompanying a friend, Alexandre went down a river next to the Mar de Espanha (Sea of Spain) on a canoe, a practice similar to rafting, when the boat collided with a rock and capsized, leaving him trapped under a waterfall.
For the scientific community, Alexandre leaves a legacy of more than 70 articles, 18 Masters of Sc and 14 PhD students formed under his orientation. The 16 years of exclusive dedication to the IOC had guaranteed him countless admirers, amongst pupils and partners of research, who joined his wife and two children in the moan of his early departure.
Described as having a good nature and being generous, Alexandre graduated in Ecology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (Federal University of Rio De Janeiro), with Master Degree in Biological Sciences, PhD in Genetics for the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, and Post Doctorate for the Brandeis University, in the United States. He had also the title of Researcher Level 1A, and Head of the research group on Molecular Genetics of the Behavior in Insects to the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq - National Board of Research (CNPq), in addition to having received international recognition through the editions 2002 and 2007 of the International Program of Academic Research of the Medical Institute Howard Hughes. Reviewer of more than a set of ten scientific journals, including Plos One and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, he was also member of the Publishing Advice of the Journal Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (Memories of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute).
Published in 20 February 2013
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Neglected tropical diseases
In memoriam Dr Peter F. Beales
"It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr Peter F. Beales (WHO)".
Published in 09 January 2013
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