Malaria Research Program
Malaria causes more than 200 million episodes of illness every year, most in children under 5 years of age. Dr. Chandy John has built a robust malaria research program, with partners at sites in Uganda with Makerere University and in Kenya with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Maseno University. The advances in malaria research from the program include a better understanding of the effect of severe malaria on children’s brains and thinking and functioning long-term, improved knowledge of what leads to severe malaria in children and how to assess it, and new findings about immunity in people with less exposure to malaria or with malaria and HIV co-infection that can help to guide vaccine strategies for these populations. This group’s research findings have helped to lead to new efforts to also develop drugs that will decrease the complications of malaria in survivors of malaria.
Contact: Chandy John, MD, MS