Transcriptional control of antigenic variation in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

Grant number: DP0879293 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011



Malaria is a major health concern for the Australian Defence Personnel recently deployed in East Timor, Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands and is endemic in our immediate neighbours Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Australia is susceptible to malaria and climate change could extend the mosquitos range to large population centres of Northern Australia causing malaria in Australia. This study would clarify how malaria parasites evade the host's immune response and help to protect Australia by providing drug targets for the control of this invasive disease.