EMBL scientists support malaria research
EMBL scientists support research on malaria by providing freely available data resources and using innovative experimental approaches. Our Course and Conference Office facilitates the exchange of knowledge in the field by hosting the annual BioMalPar conference.
Every year, over 220 million people get infected by the malaria parasite and about 400,000 succumb to the disease. Most of them are children under the age of five. Studying malaria is essential to potentially save hundreds of thousands of children’s lives in the future.
For the past two decades, EMBL has helped sequence and annotate the genomes of the malaria parasite and the mosquitoes that carry it. We collaborate with international partners to enable scientists around the world to freely access the latest data.
Our infrastructure and expertise allow us to take a closer look at the molecular mechanisms used by the parasite to infect human cells. Our scientists are developing innovative bioengineering techniques to study cerebral malaria, one of the deadliest complications of the disease.
Every year since 2005, EMBL has brought together the malaria research community at the BioMalPar conference to foster the exchange of new ideas, explore future areas of research, and disseminate new techniques and approaches.