Biological Sciences & Global Health Seminar: "The pathogenesis of fatal malaria: A few more pieces of the puzzle"

Location: 283 Galvin Life Sciences Center

Eck Institute for Global Health

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health are pleased to present a seminar by Terrie Taylor D.O., M. Tropical Medicine, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University. The talk, “The pathogenesis of fatal malaria: A few more pieces of the puzzle,” will take place on Tuesday, December 9 at 4:00 pm in 283 Galvin Life Sciences Center.

An internationally recognized scientist, physician, and a University Distinguished Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, Terrie Taylor spends six months of the year in the African Nation of Malawi where she is the director of the Blantyre Malaria Project. Dr. Taylor is also principal investigator of an NIH-funded International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) program in Malawi. She has led research and clinical support in particular into severe malaria at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre. Dr. Taylor's work investigating severe malarial disease attempts to unravel the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria and includes the development of the Blantyre Coma Score. Her autopsy studies revealed that children infected with malaria often die for other reasons, and concomitantly, her group identified a characteristic retinopathy, indicative of patients who truly have cerebral malaria. Dr. Taylor continues to develop approaches decrease the mortality of severe falciparum malaria in African children.

Learn more about Dr. Taylor's work at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi from PRI.

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