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About ICEMR Malawi

The International Centers of Excellence in Malaria Research (ICEMR) Malawi is one of 11 research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Each center is in a malaria-endemic area, and the goal of the network is to provide knowledge, tools and evidence-based strategies to support researchers in a variety of settings, especially within governments and healthcare institutions. 

Michigan State University is the primary recipient of this award, and activities are funded by subawards to the University of Malawi (MAC-CDAC), the University of Maryland, Boston University and the University of Michigan.

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     Our 
     Objectives

Our overall goal is to identify why the current malaria control and prevention efforts in Malawi have failed to have an impact on disease incidence and parasite prevalence.  Malaria control efforts in some nearby countries and within the greater southern Africa region have resulted in decreased parasitemia prevalence and declining incidence of malaria disease in all age groups, but we have not experienced similar successes in Malawi.

 

 

OUR WORK

ICEMR Malawi’s work is mainly to carry out research studies on malaria.Through these research studies, ICEMR Malawi’s goal is to identify ways of preventing, minimizing, and eradicating the malaria pandemic in the best way possible.

In order to achieve this, ICEMR Malawi has an operational structure which consists of several cores that look into different operational and supporting activities for the studies which are being carried out.

These cores are categorized into administrative, molecular, entomology, data, and IT. The cores are categorized depending on the areas of focus on research studies and operational support. 

Through the current NIH grant which runs from 2016 to 2023, ICEMR Malawi is carrying out 5 research studies which focuses on different aspects of dealing with the prevention, minimization, and eradication of the malaria pandemic.

The following are the projects which are being carried out:

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Project 1: Epidemiology, Vector resistance, LLINs, and Human Behaviour

Epidemiology of Malaria
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Project 2: Transmission: Identifying Human Reservoirs of Infection for Mosquitoes

Transmission
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Project 2: Malaria Pathogenesis: Spanning the Spectrum from Asymptomatic Infection to Life-Threatening Disease

Pathogenesis
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Project 4: Combined Effects of RTS, S Vaccination and PBO Nets on Malaria Infection and Transmission

Vaccine and Net Surveillance Study (VANSS)
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Project 5: Barriers to Malaria Prevention in Malawi

Barriers, Qualitative Projects.

Our Offices

ICMER Malawi’s administrative offices are physically located at the Malaria Alert Centre campus, within the Queen Elizabeth Central hospital.

The research studies are carried out in field sites in  Machinga and Balaka districts.  Each is based on a local health center and the study populations reflect the catchment area of each health center:

  • Ntaja
  • Namanolo
  • Nyambi
  • Kalembo

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KEY PERSONNEL

Co-Principal Investigators

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Terrie Taylor D.O.
Principal Investigator
University Distinguished Professor Tropical Medicine
Michigan State Universityttmalawi@msu.edu
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Don Mathanga

Principal Investigator
Director of the COM
MACCDAC
Associate Professor COM
dmathang@mac.medcol.mw 

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Don Mathanga M.D., Ph.D.  
Director of the COM-MACCDAC
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
 dmathang@mac.medcol.mw


Project Leaders

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Clarissa Valim M.D., Sc.D.  
Research Associate Professor
Department of Global Health
Boston University School of Public Health 
cvalim@bu.edu

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Karl Seydel M.D., Ph.D.  
Professor
Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties
Michigan State University
seydel@msu.edu
 

Project Deputy Leaders

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Charles ManganiM.D., Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
College of Medicine
University of Malawi
Email@charles.com

 
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Lauren Cohee M.D., Ms.C
Instructor  
University of Maryland
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Peter Ntenda M.D., Ph.D. 
 Associate Professor 
Department of Osteopathic
College of Medicine
University of Malawi 
pntenda@mac.medcol.mw  
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Effie Chipeta M.D., Ph.D.   
Associate Professor 
Department of Osteopathic 
Medical Specialities 
College Of Medicine
email@mac.medcol.mw
  

Core Leaders

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Terrie Taylor D.O. 
Administrative Core
University Distinguished Professor
Tropical Medicine
Michigan State University     
ttmalawi@msu.edu
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Limbani Yatina B.Sc. 
Information Technology Core College of Medicine 
University of Malawi
  lyatina@mac.medcol.mw 
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Alfred Matengini B.Sc
Data Management and Biostatistics Core
College of Medicine
University of Malawi 
amatengeni@mac.medcol.mw
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Karl Seydel M.D., Ph.D. 
    Molecular Core Associate Professor
Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties Michigan State
Universityseydel@msu.edu
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Themba Mzilahowa Ph.D.  
Entomology Core  Associate Professor
College of Medicine  University of Malawi  
tmzilahowa@mac.medcol.mw

Program Manager

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Alick Sixpence
College of Medicine - MACCDAC
asixpence@mac.medcol.mw

Advisors

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Mirriam Laufer
University of Maryland
mlaufer@som.umaryland.edu

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Ned Walker
Michigan State University
walker@msu.edu

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Mark Wilson
University of Michigan
wilsonml@umich.edu