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Explore how the people of Madagascar have built genetic resistance to vivax malaria

  • Dates: 28 May 2024, 14:00 - 15:00
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Virtual
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A group of people meeting around a 4 wheel drive in Madagascar

Explore the world of malaria research with a focus on the often-overlooked vivax strain in this ARU Masterclass.

While the falciparum strain often gets more attention for its lethality, vivax presents a significant global health challenge, infecting 7 million annually. Particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women, vivax malaria is a pressing concern in Madagascar due to the lack of healthcare available to the majority of the 20 million people who live there.

Madagascar stands out as one of the few regions worldwide dealing with high incidences of both malaria variants. Our research at ARU focuses on untangling the genetic complexities surrounding resistance to vivax malaria. Through our investigations, we've uncovered a compelling finding: a particular variant of the DARC (Duffy Antigen Receptor for Chemokines) gene, crucial for providing immunity against vivax malaria, is on the rise among Madagascar's population due to natural selection. This discovery suggests that immunity to the disease is becoming increasingly prevalent among the population.

Join us in this free online biomedical science Masterclass with Dr Jason Hodgson, ARU’s Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Big Data, as he delves into the genetic nuances of vivax resistance. This research, blending anthropology, evolutionary genetics, and bioinformatics, involves undergraduate and postgraduate students from ARU, offering an immersive learning experience in cutting-edge scientific exploration.

  • Dates: 28 May 2024, 14:00 - 15:00
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Virtual
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