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Join us for an unforgettable journey into the fascinating world of malaria science! First, explore the microscopic world of malaria parasites and learn about the tools we have to fight this illness. Next, discover the power of mathematical modeling to tracking the spread of malaria and developing strategies for its control. Finally, hear about research into how people recover from severe malaria.
Exploring the world of malaria and the fight against it
Dr Nora Schmit (Research Associate, the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London)
Gina Cuomo-Dannenburg (Research Post-graduate, the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London)
Gather round as we tell you a tantalizing tale of tiny terrors and heroic humans in the fight against the menace known as malaria! Join us as we explore the microscopic world of these parasites and their deadly dance with our immune systems. Learn how scientists are working tirelessly to unravel the secrets of this ancient illness and develop new tools to combat it. From bed nets to vaccines, we'll show you how every little bit of knowledge helps in the fight against malaria. So grab your best mosquito repellent, and come along!
The mathematics of malaria
Dr Patrick Walker (Senior Lecturer, the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London)
Discover the power of mathematical modelling to bite back at malaria! I will discuss cutting-edge methods used to track the spread of malaria, estimate its impact, and understand which interventions work. Together we will explore how mathematical models are being used to develop tools to fight malaria. With engaging visuals and real-world examples, this talk will demystify the use of mathematical models in malaria control and elimination.
Beyond the bite - Exploring the science of malaria recovery
Dr Stefan Ebmeier (Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Infectious Disease)
For every ten people brought to hospital with severe malaria, one or two die from their illness despite receiving the best available antimalarial drugs. One way to reduce the number of deaths in the future may be to supplement standard treatments with new drugs that target our body's response to malaria supporting recovery. In this talk, I will discuss the reasons why some people recover from malaria quicker than others and how this may inform drug development.
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