- Friday, October 25, 2019
- 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
- Science Building 010
Investigating Naturally Acquired Immunity to Malaria: Systems Immunology and Human Cohort Studies
Guest Speaker: Yaw Bediako- University of Ghana
Friday, Oct. 25th, 2019
1:30p - 2:30p
The last two decades have seen unprecedented investment in malaria research, however malaria continues to be responsible for close to half a million deaths annually (mostly among children under the age of 5). While the mortality associated with malaria is sobering, there is clear evidence that individuals who live in malaria endemic regions are capable of developing a certain level of immunity against malaria. By studying naturally acquired immunity among exposed populations, we hope to not only gain new insights into the pathogenesis of this disease, but also hope to identify correlates of immunity that could form the basis for rational design of an effective vaccine. This talk will provide a brief overview of malaria immunology and discuss data from studies conducted in Kenya and Ghana aimed at understanding the mechanisms responsible for naturally acquired immunity to malaria. The talk will also speak to the general importance of building biomedical research capacity in Africa.
We would love to have you join us as we welcome Dr. Yaw Bediako back to the Calvin University campus as he leads us in the interesting presentation!
Science Building 010- located on the ground floor of the Science Building