Scientists at Geelong’s Deakin University discover the next step in new anti-malarial drugs

Photo: Penny Stephens

Photo: Penny Stephens

Associate Professor Tania de Koning-Ward, from Deakin University’s School of Medicine, is part of two collaborating research groups (Burnet Institute and Deakin University) that discover a new way to stop malaria parasite in its tracks (published in Nature).

The global race to develop the next generation of malaria drugs has been given a boost after the two teams managed to find a way to starve the malaria parasite of nutrients, effectively killing it before it takes hold.

Malaria is one of the world’s most devastating human health problems, with Plasmodium falciparum, the most lethal of the human malaria species, causing around one million deaths annually.

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Tania de Koning-Ward speaks about a breakthrough in malaria research:

(via Deakin Research, 2009)