Fowkes Laboratory

Malaria and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

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Overview

The group participates in numerous population studies in malaria-endemic countries, such as Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, through collaborations with national research institutes based in those countries.

The group centres on malaria immuno-epidemiology and focuses on developing and utilising immunological biomarkers for vaccine trials, disease surveillance and evaluating the impact of interventions for malaria.

Image: Malaria endemic area of PNG

Objectives

  • To evaluate the impact of population immunity of the efficacy of malaria interventions and evaluating the impact of intervention programs on host immunity and patterns of disease
  • To develop sero-markers for population studies to define malaria exposure and transmission intensity
  • To understand the dynamics of naturally acquired immunity in children and pregnant women and how they relate to patterns of disease.

Projects