Myanmar International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research

Myanmar Regional Center of Excellence for Malaria Research

Co-Principal Investigators: Christopher Plowe, M.D., M.P.H. and Myaing Nyunt M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Lead Institution: Duke University, Durham

Award date: 2017

Myaing Nyunt

Myaing Nyunt M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Christopher Plowe

Christopher Plowe, M.D., M.P.H.


Project Leads

  • Myaing Nyunt, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Christopher Plowe, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Tatiana Loboda, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Collaborating Institutions

  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Department of Medical Research, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Defence Services Medical Research Centre, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  • National Institute for Parasitic Diseases, China CDC, Shanghai, China

Research Areas

The overall goal of this ICEMR is to integrate clinical and field research findings, including molecular surveillance, genomic epidemiology and geospatial mapping and modeling of malaria risk, to provide essential knowledge, tools, and evidence-based strategies for the elimination of malaria in Southeast Asia.  This will be accomplished through a multi-site prospective cohort study in the endemic region. Regional Impact

Myanmar, the emerging democracy formerly known as Burma, is the Southeast Asian country with the greatest malaria burden. The heaviest concentrations of malaria in Myanmar and neighboring countries are found in border and conflict areas that are often out of reach of national health systems. The region requires a multi-sectoral, cross-border approach to inform strategies for national malaria programs and their partners to control, treat and ultimately eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia.

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Associated sites in Myanmar (Madaya, Ann, Monya, Gangao, Mongmao), China (Nabang) and Bangladesh (Rajbila, Kuhalong)

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