Case Western given grant to fight malaria

The National Institute of Health has given a $7.9 million grant to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to send a research team to Southeast Asia to help eradicate malaria.

The project, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases over the span of seven years, will also see CWRU running 10 International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research worldwide, MedCityNews.com reports.

The journey to Asia will be led by Dr. James Kazura, CWRU Professor of International Health and Medicine. He will be the principle investigator for the project that is to be known as “Research to Control and Eliminate Malaria in SE Asia and SW Pacific.”

The major project will take place in Papua New Guinea and seek to create affordable drugs and, eventually, a vaccine to treat malaria victims.

Investigators on the project will come from Papua New Guinea, Australia, Switzerland, the Solomon Islands and the U.S, MedCityNews.com reports. The researchers from the Solomon Islands are new to the project, but Kazura has worked extensively with those from Papua New Guinea and Australia for the last 20 years.

“This is an unprecedented project and opportunity,” Kazura told MedCityNews.com. “The program offers incredible promise by its emphasis on a targeted research approach that involves the use of best practices and similar research protocols across various malaria endemic areas.”