Title

Battling Malaria: History, Diagnostics, and Treament

Date

5-26-2016 1:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:45 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Malaria is a mosquito born disease caused by protozoan parasites from the Plasmodium genus. In 2015 there were an estimated 214 million cases of malaria with 400,000 deaths, most of which were children. While multiple species cause malaria, Plasmodium falciparum accounts for the most deaths globally. Treatments such as quinine that have been used since the 17th century are sadly becoming ineffective due to the evolution of parasite resistance. The life cycle of the parasite is extremely complex, making it difficult to identify an effective target for vaccine development. However, new research gives hope that one day we can eradicate Malaria. This seminar will discuss the history of malaria and new cutting edge therapies in development.

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May 26th, 1:00 PM May 26th, 1:45 PM

Battling Malaria: History, Diagnostics, and Treament

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Malaria is a mosquito born disease caused by protozoan parasites from the Plasmodium genus. In 2015 there were an estimated 214 million cases of malaria with 400,000 deaths, most of which were children. While multiple species cause malaria, Plasmodium falciparum accounts for the most deaths globally. Treatments such as quinine that have been used since the 17th century are sadly becoming ineffective due to the evolution of parasite resistance. The life cycle of the parasite is extremely complex, making it difficult to identify an effective target for vaccine development. However, new research gives hope that one day we can eradicate Malaria. This seminar will discuss the history of malaria and new cutting edge therapies in development.