The Malaria Repository contains sample sets from many of the studies conducted under the at the School: cross-sectional, longitudinal as well as intervention studies, which provide a valuable resource for future research both with respect to samples and data. The types of samples available differ between studies, but include serum samples, DNA, placental samples and blood spots.
The UK Health Protection Agency Malaria Reference Laboratory (MRL), directed by Professor Peter Chiodini, is the national reference centre for malaria diagnosis in the UK. It provides specialist diagnostics and speciation on malaria for NHS laboratories throughout the country, is the national centre for epidemiological monitoring of malaria and is an advisory service for complex questions on malaria
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD) is one of the leading clinical tropical centres in the world. It provides treatment for people with tropical diseases such as malaria, advice for other centres in the UK and elsewhere in the world on the treatment of severe malaria, and travel advice for those travelling to malaria-endemic areas. Several members of the Malaria Centre hold honorary or substantive positions as doctors at HTD and help to ensure that it provides advice for the prevention and treatment of malaria for travellers from the UK to malaria endemic countries.
The School’s bioanalytical laboratory currently conducts analyses of the quality and level of antimalarial drugs, and measures the amount of insecticide on bed nets using chromatographic methods. We have also developed non laboratory-based screening tests for use in the field, in order to check the quality of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) by specifically detecting the artemisinin component, as well as a simple chemical test for the semi quantitative levels of type 2 pyrethroids on bed nets.
Malaria Centre staff offer service to test insecticide repellents and products. Malaria Centre entomologists collaborate with manufacturing industry to undertake testing of new candidate insecticide or repellent products for efficacy, iterative product improvement and registration purposes. We conduct testing for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Pesticide Evaluation Scheme to characterise or verify product performance.