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Glaxo malaria vaccine protects babies, children

Maggie Fox | 08 Dec 2008 | Reuters

An experimental malaria vaccine is the most promising yet, protecting up to 65 percent of infants from infection in two studies in Africa, researchers reported on Monday.

Malaria vaccine trial to start next year

Tamar Kahn | 11 Nov 2008 | Business Day (South Africa)

Scientists hoped to start final tests on the world's most advanced malaria vaccine early next year, they said yesterday.

Malaria's watershed

None | 09 Oct 2008 | Nature

Malaria's moment has come, but success in control, let alone eradication, demands a renewed commitment to basic research. A Global Malaria Action Plan, announced at the UN Millennium Development Goals Malaria Summit in New York on 25 September, has the ambitious goals of both reducing the malaria burden and eradicating the disease entirely.

Malaria Researchers Identify New Mosquito Virus

None | 22 Aug 2008 | Science Daily

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Malaria Research Institute have identified a previously unknown virus that is infectious to Anopheles gambiae—the mosquito primarily responsible for transmitting malaria.

Malaria Researcher Calls for Sustained Funding to Fight Scourge

Jeanne Whalen | 18 Jul 2008 | Wall Street Journal Health Blog

This year Japan started awarding a medical prize that it hopes will someday rival the Nobel in significance: the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, named after a scientist who worked on yellow fever in Latin American and Africa in the early 20th century. Japan gives the prize, which comes with a $1 million award, to people who advance public health in Africa. In May, the inaugural award went to Miriam Were, a Kenyan public health worker focused on reducing the stigma of HIV, and Brian Greenwood, a malaria researcher and professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Greenwood spent more than 30 years in Africa, "pioneering landmark research to deepen our understanding of the immunology, epidemiology and many other aspects of malaria," according to the announcement of the award. The Health Blog caught up with Greenwood after the Japanese Embassy in London hosted a reception for him recently.

Philips Developing Test Kits for TB, Malaria

Malovika Rao | 25 Mar 2008 | livemint.com

Bangalore: Philips Electronics India Ltd is developing microscope-based portable diagnostic kits for rural health care workers that can be used to test for tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in an attempt to address a significant gap in the country's health care programme.

Kenya: Malaria Vaccine Passes Clinical Trials

Albert Muriuki | 24 Mar 2008 | Business Daily (Nairobi)

The war against malaria, a leading global killer, has moved a notch higher with the announcement of successful clinical trials of a vaccine for children - the group that is most vulnerable to the disease.

Malaria can be beaten in many places, map shows

Ben Hirschler | 27 Feb 2008 | Reuters

The first new global malaria map in 40 years shows nearly half the 2.37 billion people at risk from the mosquito-borne killer live in areas where the chance of actually catching the disease is less than 0.01 percent a year.

Malaria vaccine undergoes clinical trials in Tanzania

Staff Writers | 28 Jan 2008 | East African Standard

Researchers at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Tanga Region of Tanzania are carrying out a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunological potential of a candidate malaria vaccine called MSP3-LSP.

GlaxoSmithKline and Medicines For Malaria Venture announce new collaboration to investigate novel antimalarial compounds

Staff Writers | 28 Jan 2008 | WebWire

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the not-for-profit group, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), recently announced a new collaboration to identify novel drugs for the treatment of malaria.