Past Congresses (Timeline)

IFTM Brief Discription

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 May 2016)

XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM 2016)

Call for Late Breaking Abstracts will open Wednesday 1 June 2016

After closing abstract submissions on Friday 15 April 2016 we are pleased to announce that we have received over 1000 submissions from around the world, across all program themes.

We would now like to encourage anyone who has late breaking research to prepare an abstract for when the Call for Late Breaking Abstracts opens on Wednesday 1 June 2016.

With new themes recently added to the program there is now more opportunity than ever to be a part of this international event. The new themes include:

For more information about abstract submission, please visit www.tropicalmedicine2016.com/call-for-abstracts/ or click the button below.

Abstract Submission

(Published in May 2016)

It is a pleasure to inform the Delegate and Representatives of the National Tropical Medicine or Parasitology National 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
us 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

* Professor Manguin (PhD, sylvie.manguin@ird.fr) is a full researcher at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Montpellier. She teaches at the University of Montpellier (UM), France and Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok (Thailand) and is a specialist in Medical Entomology and vector-borne diseases, especially in malaria and Anopheles mosquitoes from America, Asia and Africa.

A Co-Edition Editora Fiocruz / IFTM

Foundations of Paleoparasitology coverFoundations of Paleoparasitology
Luiz Fernando Ferreira, Karl Jan Reinhard and Adauto Araújo (editors)

ISBN: 978-85-7541-440-8
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

Price for affiliated members of Tropical Medicine / Parasitology National Societies Federated to the IFTM: U$39

To acquire the book at the promotional price, please send to malaria@fiocruz.br or to sbach@sbachbooks.com.br a copy of the proof of affiliation to an IFTM Federated Society

Susan Bach Books
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Tel: +55-21-2539-3590
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Doctors Luiz Fernando Ferreira, Karl Reinhard and Adauto Araújo (the book Editors) at the book launch at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro Doctors Luiz Fernando Ferreira, Karl Reinhard and Adauto Araújo (the book Editors) at the book launch at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro

Centennial of the First International Congress for Tropical Medicine (ICTM) held in London in 1913

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.

Speakers at the Round table "Tropical Medicine and Global Health : how to walk side by side", one of the Commemorative Events of the Centennial of the I International Congress on Tropical Medicine, held in Copenhagen, Denmark during the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. From the left to the right, Eduardo Gotuzzo (Peru), Thomas Junghanss (Germany), Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro (Brazil), Francesco Castelli (Italy) and José Rodrigues Coura (Brazil).

Speakers at the Round table "Tropical Medicine and Global Health : how to walk side by side", one of the Commemorative Events of the Centennial of the I International Congress on Tropical Medicine, held in Copenhagen, Denmark during the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. From the left to the right, Eduardo Gotuzzo (Peru), Thomas Junghanss (Germany), Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro (Brazil), Francesco Castelli (Italy) and José Rodrigues Coura (Brazil).

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.

Read here the Letter from Rio, approved at the plenary of the Closing ceremony of the XVIII ICTMM

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

Flickr ICTMM 2012 gallery
(see the Congress photos)

the IFTM interviewS


Events (Published in April 2016)


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

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 hesulzer@gmail.com.

Historic Resolution


The Epidemiological Transition – registration and abstract submission now open!

We would like to remind you about this joint scientific meeting with the African Academy of Sciences in Nairobi on 07-08 July 2016. Confirmed speakers include Professor Moffat Nyirenda on the NCD epidemic in Africa and Dr Francisca Mutapi on human schistosomiasis in the post MDA era.

Thanks to generous support from the Wellcome Trust, we are able to offer up to 10 travel scholarships for early-career investigators from low and middle-income countries to attend and present at the meeting. These will be selected from the successful abstract submissions in early June.

More information about this event including abstract submission can be found here

MEDTROP 2016 Urban Worldwide Diseases – August 21 st to 24th / 2016 - Maceió - Brazil Information and registration: www.sbmt.org.br/medtrop2016

12 to 16 September 2016
Challenges in Disease Elimination RSTMH Biennial Event
Cambridge, United Kingdom

September 18th to 22nd 2016
XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM 2016)
Brisbane, Australia

ICTMM 2016

19th International Congress on Tropical Medicine and malaria, 2016. Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

THE Henrique AragÃo medal

The Henrique Aragão;o medal

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.

Victor NussenzweigDr. 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.

William E. Collins 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)

>> HB Aragão by L Deane
>> HB Aragão by WL Paraense

Scientists Gallery

Alphonse LaveranAlphonse Laveran (1845-1922)
Nobel Prize in Medicine (1907) for the discovery of the agent of malaria

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Camillo GolgCamillo Golgi (1843-1926) and the “Mystery of Periodic Fevers”
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Patrick MansonPatrick Manson (1844-1922) and the First Steps of Tropical Medicine
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obituary notices (Published in April 2016)

Dr. Antonio D’Alessandro Bacigalupo

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

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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Jacinto Convit

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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Alexandre Peixoto

Alexandre Peixoto

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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Dr Peter F. Beales

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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