Malawi ICEMR

The Intransigence of Malaria in Malawi: Understanding Hidden Reservoirs, Successful Vectors and Prevention Failures

Co-Principal Investigators: Terrie Taylor, D.O. and Don Mathanga, M.D., M.P.H.
Lead Institution: Michigan State University, East Lansing
Award date: original award in 2010; renewed in 2017

Terrie Taylor

Terrie Taylor, D.O.

Don Mathanga

Don Mathanga, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.


Project Leads

  • Miriam Laufer, Division of Malaria Research, Institute of Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Don Mathanga, Malaria Alert Centre, University of Malawi College of Medicine
  • Karl Seydel, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University

Collaborating Institutions

  • University of Malawi College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore MD
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
  • Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Blantyre, Malawi

Research Areas

The primary objectives of research supported by the Malawi ICEMR are to identify, understand, and evaluate interventions that target the determinants of malaria disease. The Center aims to identify reasons why malaria in Malawi has remained resistant to usual control measures. Researchers will accomplish these objectives by systematically surveying populations of vectors, hosts, and parasites using newly developed molecular and genomic tools in conjunction with well-established epidemiologic approaches.

Regional Impact

By identifying the contributions made by the parasite, the human host, and the mosquito vector to the incidence and prevalence of malaria disease in diverse eco-geographic settings in Malawi, the research team hopes to tailor prevention and control strategies to specific seasons (such as dry versus rainy climates) and locales (highland and lowland, urban and rural). The team will also determine the critical parameters required for monitoring the impact of such strategies.

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Map description: Associated sites for the Malawi ICEMR—Blantyre, Chikhwawa, Karonga, Phalombe

Select Publications from the 2010 Award

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