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$19.4 Million Contract Establishes Malaria Research Consortium

November 21, 2012

Research focuses on developing and evaluating new diagnostic tools, antimalarial drugs and vaccines for different types of malaria

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded a five-year contract up to $19.4 million to establish the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC). The consortium includes researchers at Emory and partners at the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and the CDC. The Yerkes National Primate Research Center will administer the contract.

The principal investigator is Dr. Mary Galinski, professor of medicine, infectious diseases and global health at Emory School of Medicine, a member of the Emory Vaccine Center, and director of Emory’s International Center for Malaria Research, Education & Development (ICMRED).

The MaHPIC team will use a systems biology approach to study and catalog in molecular detail how malaria parasites interact with their human and animal hosts. This knowledge will be fundamental to developing and evaluating new diagnostic tools, antimalarial drugs and vaccines for different types of malaria. The project will integrate data generated by malaria research, functional genomics, proteomics, lipidomics and metabolomics cores via informatics and computational modeling cores.

MaHPIC combines Emory investigators’ interdisciplinary experience in malaria research, metabolomics, lipidomics and human and non-human primate immunology and pathogenesis with UGA’s expertise in pathogen bioinformatics and large database systems, and Georgia Tech’s experience in mathematical modeling and systems biology. The CDC will provide support in proteomics and malaria research, including nonhuman primate and vector/mosquito infections.

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The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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