Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

CRESIB coordinates an international consortium to fight malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax

18.07.2007
The CRESIB has today presented the research programme on malaria by Plasmodium vivax, a parasite causing over 70 million yearly cases of malaria in the world. This new programme will be developed in coordination with the leading international centres and researchers on P.vivax.

The aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of malaria by P. vivax and to support and accelerate the development of new control tools, with a special focus in vaccines. This fact will promote the creation and development of a research line on P. vivax in CRESIB under the direction of Dr. Hernando A. del Portillo, one of the few specialists in molecular biology and vaccine development against this parasite. The number of CRESIB labs will be increased, with an enlargement and restoration of current facilities to meet the needs of the centre.

Malaria is an infectious disease which can be caused by four species of the Plasmodium parasite: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. ovale. P. falciparum and P. vivax are the most prevalent, the first being more virulent and responsible of most of the severe morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, during the last years, there has been a growing interest in malaria by P. vivax, which, as well as causing millions of malaria cases every year, it also generates a high social and economic cost for endemic countries. It is estimated that about 2,600 million people live in risk zones for P. vivax: central and south-America, Asia, Middle East and occidental Pacific. Clinical and pathogen presentation of P. vivax is not well understood. Despite the traditional belief that clinical malaria caused by this species of the parasite is mild, there are evidences suggesting that it can cause severe clinical patterns and even death of patients.

The paradox is that even though malaria by P. vivax has large global disease burden, this is a poorly studied disease, which has been long forgotten. Consequently, this new research programme has a large importance, and an estimated initial duration of 4 years.

This is the reason why CRESIB, through DR. Hernando A. del Portillo, specialist in molecular biology and vaccine development against Plasmodium vivax, gives plenty of importance to the development of new control tools for this type of malaria.

In the field of malaria by P. vivax, there has been until now a lack of initiatives to promote the global effort in the research on this disease. With the experience of the CRESIB group in malaria and of the Clínic Foundation for Biomedical Research (FCRB, Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica) in the management and coordination of projects of international research, an international consortium of research in P. vivax will be created and promoted. This consortium will be constituted by leading malaria research centres, and will be coordinated from Barcelona.

Research centres collaborating in this project, mostly placed in malaria endemic areas by Plasmodium vivax, are: Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, located in Papua New Guinea; the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, located in New Delhi (India), the Tropical Medicine Foundation of Amazonas, in Manaus (Brazil) and the International Vaccine Centre, located in Cali (Colombia).

About CRESIB:
Research on poverty-related diseases is one of our main tools to try to break the vicious circle between disease and poverty and to have an impact on the development of low-income countries. It is in this sense that the CRESIB has been created in Catalonia, an institute born from the scientific support of the International Health Centre of Hospital Clínic and founded by the Catalan Government through the Department of Health and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Enterprises; the Universitat de Barcelona(UB); the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona; and the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) with the objective to conduct excellence research in international health and to contribute to the global effort in the fight against poverty-related diseases.

CRESIB has a scientific programme including research on diseases causing an important part of the morbidity and mortality in low-income countries, specially malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeas, tuberculosis and AIDS. Furthermore, CRESIB sets its sights on promoting research related to other aspects of international health, such as emergent, reemergent and immunopreventable diseases, health, immigration and climate and health. Research conducted by CRESIB researchers is currently developed in the facilities located in the Campus of the Faculty of Medicine of the Universitat de Barcelona-Hospital Clínic.

Department of Communication and External Relations of the IDIBAPS - Hospital Clínic of Barcelona

For further information, please contact us at +34 93 227 57 00
Marc de Semir/Gemma Moya

Marc de Semir | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.cresib.cat
http://www.ub.es

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht How cancer metastasis happens: Researchers reveal a key mechanism
19.01.2018 | Weill Cornell Medicine

nachricht Researchers identify new way to unmask melanoma cells to the immune system
17.01.2018 | Duke University Medical Center

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Artificial agent designs quantum experiments

On the way to an intelligent laboratory, physicists from Innsbruck and Vienna present an artificial agent that autonomously designs quantum experiments. In initial experiments, the system has independently (re)discovered experimental techniques that are nowadays standard in modern quantum optical laboratories. This shows how machines could play a more creative role in research in the future.

We carry smartphones in our pockets, the streets are dotted with semi-autonomous cars, but in the research laboratory experiments are still being designed by...

Im Focus: Scientists decipher key principle behind reaction of metalloenzymes

So-called pre-distorted states accelerate photochemical reactions too

What enables electrons to be transferred swiftly, for example during photosynthesis? An interdisciplinary team of researchers has worked out the details of how...

Im Focus: The first precise measurement of a single molecule's effective charge

For the first time, scientists have precisely measured the effective electrical charge of a single molecule in solution. This fundamental insight of an SNSF Professor could also pave the way for future medical diagnostics.

Electrical charge is one of the key properties that allows molecules to interact. Life itself depends on this phenomenon: many biological processes involve...

Im Focus: Paradigm shift in Paris: Encouraging an holistic view of laser machining

At the JEC World Composite Show in Paris in March 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be focusing on the latest trends and innovations in laser machining of composites. Among other things, researchers at the booth shared with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) will demonstrate how lasers can be used for joining, structuring, cutting and drilling composite materials.

No other industry has attracted as much public attention to composite materials as the automotive industry, which along with the aerospace industry is a driver...

Im Focus: Room-temperature multiferroic thin films and their properties

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Tohoku University have developed high-quality GFO epitaxial films and systematically investigated their ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties. They also demonstrated the room-temperature magnetocapacitance effects of these GFO thin films.

Multiferroic materials show magnetically driven ferroelectricity. They are attracting increasing attention because of their fascinating properties such as...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

10th International Symposium: “Advanced Battery Power – Kraftwerk Batterie” Münster, 10-11 April 2018

08.01.2018 | Event News

See, understand and experience the work of the future

11.12.2017 | Event News

Innovative strategies to tackle parasitic worms

08.12.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Thanks for the memory: NIST takes a deep look at memristors

22.01.2018 | Materials Sciences

Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments

22.01.2018 | Earth Sciences

Saarland University bioinformaticians compute gene sequences inherited from each parent

22.01.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks Wissenschaft & Forschung
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>