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UC San Diego to lead new malaria research center in South America
Date:7/8/2010

ties altered by anthropogenic activities," said Jan Conn, PhD, of the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health and one of the project leaders. "This knowledge, combined with information on the ecologies and behaviors of distinctive vector species can be used to effectively reduce human-vector contact."

  • How does resistance or adaptation to insecticide spraying and other forms of insect control develop and spread?
  • What are the travel patterns of infected humans, including people with asymptomatic infections who inadvertently introduce strains of the malaria parasite into new locales and populations;
  • How does medical science deal with the emergence of drug-resistant strains of the parasite?
  • Can a rapid diagnostic test be developed to differentiate malaria from other infections, one that could be used remote, rural areas where medical treatment may be delayed or limited?

The knowledge gained from resolving these questions and the research involved in the broader multidisciplinary programs will form the basis for clinical trials of new drugs and vaccines, said Vinetz. A key element, he added, will be the engagement of participating countries, in particular local scientists, doctors, health workers and students.


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