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Penn State to lead new international Center Of Excellence for malaria research
Date:7/13/2010

lained. "In addition, political instability and transmigration along border areas pose special challenges in disease surveillance, diagnosis, treatment and control."

The center will undertake scientific research under four project areas:

  • "Malaria epidemiology in Southeast Asia: inter- and intra-country dynamics" will develop and evaluate integrated malaria-control strategies in multiple sites with varying epidemiological conditions.
  • "The malaria vectorial system and new vector-control tools in Southeast Asia" aims to understand the ecology of malaria vectors in the region and to develop innovative malaria-transmission surveillance and control tools.
  • "Antimalarial drug resistance in P. falciparum" is designed to determine the genetic mechanism of drug resistance in malaria parasite populations.
  • "Development of monoclonal antibody-based assays for detection and quantification of artemisinin derivatives" will develop methods for monitoring drug quality control.

"The participating institutions have internationally recognized investigators with a history of collaborations in malaria research and training," Cui said. "By selecting study sites in the most impoverished areas of Myanmar, China and Thailand, this consortium will shed new light on the urgent scientific questions surrounding regional and global malaria control."

The new center is just the latest malaria-related research initiative in the College of Agricultural Sciences, according to Gary Felton, head of the entomology department. He noted that entomology professors Matthew Thomas and Andrew Read are co-investigators on another of the 10 NIH-funded malaria research centers, the Center for the Study of Complex Malaria in India, led by a researcher at New York University School of Medicine. Other college scientists -- some affiliated with Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics -- also conduct malaria studies.

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Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State
Source:Eurekalert

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