London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre

Launch of Malaria Centre Report 2012-14


26 October 2014
The latest Malaria Centre Report is now available to download on the web site

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Executive Summary

Continued effective malaria control and progress toward malaria elimination require a comprehensive range of approaches to develop and deliver the right tools. These approaches need to be based on thorough understanding of parasite and vector biology and interactions with the human host. This annual report exemplifies the breadth and detail of research work conducted by the Malaria Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in addressing these issues.

The report is structured broadly from the bench to the field to demonstrate the translational nature of the Centre’s research. Examples of excellence are evident at both ends of the spectrum with parasite genomics outputs including the barcode for Plasmodium falciparum at one end and the multifaceted outputs from the Artemisin Combination Therapy Consortium (ACTc) at the other. Researchers in the Centre also continue to build and evaluate vital research resources. New parasite isolates are being collected and established with our partners at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases which are essential for anti-malarial drug evaluation. Additionally, insecticides and vector control strategies are routinely being tested with our partners based in Africa as part of the Pan-African Malaria Vector Research Consortium (PAMVERC). Members of the Centre continue to be at the forefront of evaluating both novel control approaches such as Seasonal Malaria Chemoprophylaxis and optimal combinations of existing approaches with multicentre trials of interventions like indoor residual spraying and long-lasting insecticidal-treated nets. There are also two flagship programmes investigating the molecular and spatial epidemiology of a newly emerging threat - the zoonotic malaria, Plasmodium knowlesi.

Having the capacity and flexibility to address new and emerging challenges such as Plasmodium knowlesi is testament to core attributes of the Malaria Centre:  world-leading researchers, strong overseas partnerships, motivated students, and the prescience of those that fund them. The ability to integrate new techniques with established skills in parasitology, entomology and epidemiology allows the Malaria Centre to continue, and build on, the work of the original LSHTM Ross Institute in fighting one of the world’s major public health issues.