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UGA, Ga. Tech, Emory team up for malaria research
UGA, Ga. Tech, Emory team up for malaria research

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Emory recently announced plans to partner to establish a comprehensive center to where research will be conducted on malaria.

According to UGA, Mary Galinski leads the Georgia consortium, which was awarded a five-year contract of up to $19.4 million to start up the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center. The funding came from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The university will use $2 million from a subcontract to collect and research data.

"The combined expertise of the consortium partners makes MaHPIC uniquely equipped to address issues related to pathogens that cause malaria, a disease that involves complex interactions between hosts and parasites," UGA professor of genetics Jessica Kissinger, MaHPIC co-principal investigator and leader of the project's informatics team said.

Studying malaria, according to UGA, involves collecting data on how a parasite infection affects the body, find patterns of the infections that can help predict severity, and look into development of possible interventions.

As UGA reports, "Emory investigators' interdisciplinary experience in malaria research, metabolomics, lipidomics and human and non-human primate immunology and pathogenesis will be combined with UGA's expertise in informatics, and Georgia Tech researchers' expertise in mathematical modeling, systems biology and functional genomics."



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