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December 19, 2002

Journal Highlights Work of Malaria Research Institute

The December issue of the International National Journal of Parasitology is dedicated to work presented at the inaugural symposium  of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute held in January 2002. The special issue includes articles from faculty members Nirbhay Kumar, PhD, Douglas Norris, PhD, and David Sullivan, MD, as well as doctoral student Darin Kongkasuriyachai and others from Johns Hopkins University

The research topics cover the multidisciplinary approach to studying plasmodium biology and genomics, as well as the pathogenesis of malaria. Articles include analysis of the proteins and genes expressed during the development and sexual stages of the parasite, which could be beneficial for developing strategies for controlling and eradicating malaria. Other research examines aspects of disease transmission and malaria control methods.

“This thematic issue contains many contributions and discussions of value in terms of the biology of the parasite and vaccine trial. It is hoped we will see exciting and fruitful discoveries providing tools to rapidly diagnose and control the disease and curb transmission of malaria,” said Dr. Kumar, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Public Affairs Media Contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:Tim Parsons or Kenna Brigham @ 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu. Photographs of Nirbhay Kumar, Douglas Norris and David Sullivan are available upon request.