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  • Our aim is to use the zoonotic malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi to improve our understanding of malaria pathophysiology.
  • Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for almost all of the estimated 584,000 malaria related deaths per year.
  • Children in Sub-Saharan Africa are most at risk and despite intensive research we do not know why some individuals develop severe life threatening disease and others not.
  • Rapid access to treatment is imperative to save lives but a more complete understanding of the disease process is important to develop augmentative therapies and vaccines.
  • P. falciparum is adapted to the human host and there is no representative animal model system to bridge the gap between research findings and translation into human health benefit – P. knowlesi may help bridge this gap.

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