Southern Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Gaborone, Botswana
6/26/2017 – 6/28/2017

Overview: The ILSI Research Foundation co-organized a regional meeting with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health that will examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment, the process of how environmental protection goals are translated into operation endpoints for risk assessment (“problem formulation”), and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors.

The goals of the workshop were to develop a more informed understanding of plausible risks associated with the use of gene drive strategies to control mosquito-borne diseases in Southern Africa, and make recommendations about the research needed to provide better information to address those risks.

This is the third meeting in a series of consultations in Africa. To view the program from the first consultative meeting held in October 2016 in Ghana, click here.

To learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on environmental risk assessment of gene drives, click here.

Registration: By invitation only.