Researchers to open new malaria center in Georgia

A group of Georgia-based researchers are set to receive federal funding to establish a new center for malaria research.

The researcher's U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases contract is valued at up to $19.4 million over five years, according to

Scientists from Emory University, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to use the funding to create a consortium to study malaria and find preventative and therapeutic measures against the mosquito-borne illness.

If their plans are successful, the consortium will establish the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center in Atlanta. Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research center will administer the contract, reports.

Mary Galinski is a professor of medicine, infectious diseases and global health at Emory University. She is also the director of Emory's Center for Malaria Research, Education & Development, and is intimately acquainted with the project.

"We are thankful to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for recognizing the enormous potential of taking a systems biology approach to studying malaria infections," Galinski said. "This project will help us better understand malaria as a disease in depth and pave the way for new preventive and therapeutic measures. We expect to provide a groundbreaking wealth of information that will address current challenges in fighting malaria."