Welcome to Innovations for the Elimination and Control of Visceral Leishmaniasis: A PLOS NTDs Call for Papers

– Guest Editors –

Angamuthu Selvapandiyan

Shaden Kamhawi

– Call for Papers for a PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Collection –  

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is excited to announce a Call for Papers for research on the Elimination and Control of Visceral Leishmaniasis. Allow your work to reach the communities who need it the most and contribute to the eradication of leishmaniasis. Our guest editors, Angamuthu Selvapandiyan and Shaden Kamhawi are particularly interested in research that distills the key next steps towards reaching elimination targets for the leishmaniasis research community. Their editorial is the foundation of the upcoming PLOS Collection.

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We invite submission of articles or reviews to PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases on the following:

  1. Papers that elaborate on the innovations related to elimination and control of leishmaniasis including VL, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and post-kala-azar leishmaniasis in the areas of current status, genomics and basic science, immunology, epidemiology, transmission, diagnostics, drugs, vaccines and data, and health systems.
  2. Papers on vector control measures handled to control sand fly population to reduce transmission.

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases publishes research devoted to the pathology, epidemiology, prevention, treatment and control of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as well as public policy relevant to this group of diseases. To be considered for publication in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, any given manuscript must satisfy criteria including: originality; importance and relevance to researchers, practitioners, or policy makers in the field of NTDs; and interest for researchers or practitioners outside the field.

Authors should specify the Call for Papers, “Innovations for the Elimination and Control of Visceral Leishmaniasis,” in their cover letter and in the ‘Collections’ field under ‘Additional Information’ on the submission form.

Meet the Editors

Angamuthu Selvapandiyan

Guest Editor, PLOS NTDs

Angamuthu Selvapandiyan, Ph.D. is a Lead Scientist and Head of JH-Institute of Molecular Medicine, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India. With active research experience in leishmaniasis for the past 20 years, he was instrumental (while working at USFDA) in the development of gene deleted live attenuated Leishmania donovani parasite as a vaccine candidate, that is currently being tested preclinically towards a potential live vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis (VL). Currently with two major grants from Government of India, he is focusing on the continuation of his interest of vaccine development against leishmaniasis and other infectious diseases and attempting for a broad-spectrum therapy against intracellular pathogens. With support from several government and non-government organizations (Including WHO, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, DNDi etc), he was successful in organizing an international conference on the innovations for the elimination and control of visceral leishmaniasis (IECVL) in November 2018 at New Delhi, that stimulated research interests of various global stakeholders towards a leishmaniasis free Indian Subcontinent.

Shaden Kamhawi

Editor-in-Chief, PLOS NTDs

Shaden Kamhawi is an Associate Scientist at the Vector Molecular Biology Section of the intramural NIAID program at the National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland. She is currently an investigator on three active clinical protocols supported by NIAID and is also involved in clinical trials of novel vaccines for leishmaniasis that incorporate vector salivary molecules. Dr. Kamhawi’s interests in neglected diseases and her expertise in the field resulted in active collaborations with multiple international partners in Brazil, the Indian subcontinent, West Africa and the Middle East. She was fundamental in setting up the leishmaniasis and sand fly research laboratory for the NIAID-ICER-MALI at the University of Bamako and continues to support and collaborate with its investigators.

Submission Instructions

Articles must be submitted by February 29, 2020.

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