Establishment of the Ivermectin Research for Malaria Elimination Network: updating the research agenda.
Chaccour CJ., Rabinovich NR., Slater H., Canavati SE., Bousema T., Lacerda M., Ter Kuile F., Drakeley C., Bassat Q., Foy BD., Kobylinski K.
The potential use of ivermectin as an additional vector control tool is receiving increased attention from the malaria elimination community, driven by the increased importance of outdoor/residual malaria transmission and the threat of insecticide resistance where vector tools have been scaled-up. This report summarizes the emerging evidence presented at a side meeting on "Ivermectin for malaria elimination: current status and future directions" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans on November 4, 2014. One outcome was the creation of the "Ivermectin Research for Malaria Elimination Network" whose main goal is to establish a common research agenda to generate the evidence base on whether ivermectin-based strategies should be added to the emerging arsenal to interrupt malaria transmission.