The first week of November 2019, the Starworms team met with collaborators to discuss the progress on the work regarding anthelmintic resistance. The Ghent-based meeting lasted for 1.5 days and the aims of the meeting were to:
- Provide an overview of the different investments of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to monitor / delay anthelmintic resistance
- Present and discuss the results on the diagnostic performance of molecular tools to assess single nucleotide polymorphisms in the beta-tubulin gene of human soil-transmitted helminths
- Present and discuss the current evidence of single nucleotide polymorphisms in the beta-tubulin gene in human soil-transmitted helminths
- Provide an update on the efficacy of drugs in countries where control programs reached high coverage for long time of period
- Work out an action plan for the analysis of the worms collected during the expulsion studies in Pemba Island (Tanzania) and Jimma Town (Ethiopia)
The Starworms team wishes to thank all participants of the meeting for the fruitful discussions and looks forward to a continued collaboration.