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Statement on World Malaria Day 2016

We have much to celebrate in the fight against malaria. At the same time, we are aware of the immediate and potential challenges that remain. The global community cannot rest until the job is done. Many of the Society’s members are highly engaged with the global malaria fight: researching vaccines, testing new treatment approaches and identifying novel threats. On this World Malaria Day, we pay tribute to their personal commitment and accomplishments. With a strong and continued U.S. investment in malaria R&D, together we will succeed in the goal of eradicating malaria for good: Malaria Delenda Est 

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World Malaria Day Perspectives: Christopher V. Plowe, MD, MPH, FASTMH, Past President of ASTMH

In honor of World Malaria Day, ASTMH asked some of our malaria expert members and colleagues what inspired them to specialize in malaria, what stands out in the fight against malaria and what will be the economic benefit of a malaria-free world. Other interviews in this series include: Past President Christopher V. Plowe, MD, MPH, FASTMH; Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer of the President's Malaria Initiative; Philip Rosenthal, MD, FASTMH, Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Councilors Nicole Achee, PhD, ASTMH, Laurence Slutsker, MD, MPH, FASTMH, David A. Fidock, PhD, Rick Fairhurst, MD, PhD, FASTMH; Stephanie Yanow, PhD, Assistant Scientific Program Chair; Capt. Judith E. Epstein, MD, of the Naval Medical Research Center; and Col. Robert M. Paris of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

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Student activist returns home to fight malaria

Science magazine profiles ASTMH member Myaing Myaing Nyunt, MD, PhD, MPH, a malariologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and her work assessing the number of people in the Mekong region infected with malaria who have no symptoms. It’s part of a unique collaboration led by Dr. Nyunt and her husband, molecular epidemiologist and malariologist Chris Plowe, MD, MPH, FASTMH, ASTMH Past President, who heads the Institute for Global Health at UMD. They are working with government scientists in Myanmar to forge the scientific and political links needed to drive malaria from her native country. 

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