- Marcel Hommel, University of Liverpool
ResearchDirectly measuring ex vivo parasite drug response and resistance mutation genotyping over time are useful tools for monitoring parasite drug responses in field samples. The study represents an extensive effort to track phenotypic and genotypic changes in a geographically confined population of Plasmodium falciparum over time in a multi-year project.
ResearchAddresses an important issue in malaria model research - the fact that experimental outcome differences may be due to design differences.
Case studyThe case is noteworthy because it represents the first transfusion transmitted malaria case reported in the Netherlands in 43 years and it implicated a donor who was an asymptomatic non-immune traveller from a non-endemic country. It also suggested that thrombocytopaenia could potentially be used for donor exclusion.
MethodologyInteresting study on the detectability of gametocytes using non-invasive collections of non-blood specimen.
ResearchIf Zambia is to achieve the national goal of being malaria free by 2030, this study concludes that it will be necessary to enhance and target interventions in the north-eastern districts, where the burden of malaria remains high, as well as efforts to sustain low malaria transmission in the south-west.
ResearchPresumptive treatment of childhood-malaria is still common in tertiary hospitals in Nigeria. Using questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussions, this study investigates why this continues to be so and how it could be changed.
Aims & scope
Malaria Journal is aimed at the scientific community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. It is the only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria and, as such, it aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialities involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside and to the field. Malaria Journal offers a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer-review; this is achieved by managing the whole of the publication process electronically, from submission to peer-review.
Malaria Journal 2013, 12:362