Amazing strides have been made in the audacious quest to eradicate (not just control) malaria. (Eradication of a infectious disease of humans has been done only once before, with smallpox) It will take a lot more than mosquito nets to succeed. Bill and Melinda have spurred on all kinds of research by many groups, but even before this, scientists at the NIH have been working tirelessly on new approaches. We have scientist and scholar Yohan Sumathipala who will talk about one of the very promising NIH efforts in antimalarials.
In Yohan's words "Even though malaria does not afflict us in North America, in Africa and Southeast Asia it reigns down on more than 500 million people a year. The death toll is a mind bogging 1 million people a year, many of whom are children. The problem with malaria is the parasite itself. This single-cell parasite transmitted from a mosquito to a human red blood cell, wreaks havoc once it invades. Dealing with this pest is a cat and mouse game. Drugs that were once effective in killing the parasite lose their potency as the parasite adapts and becomes drug resistant. It has become imperative in the fight against malaria to a come up with a new kind of arsenal that does not have the weakness of producing drug resistant parasite strains. At NIH Infectious Disease lab of Dr. Sanjay Desai, this is exactly what goes on. They research novel approaches of high-throughput screening of chemical compounds for potential antimalarials based on newly discovered ion channels on the parasite cell membrane. The size of these chemical compound libraries is gigantic, 70 thousand and bigger. This talk is about building assays to accomplish high-throughput screening of chemical targets. I have worked multiple years with Dr. Desai and am passionate about bringing you the work of this amazing lab."
A Periclean Scholar and founder of Education to Empowerment at Swarthmore College, Yohan Sumathipala has been an INTEL Science and Engineering Fair finalist in 2012, a Siemens Regional semi-finalist in 2011, he holds a patent for Methane Abatement with Ozone.
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