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Tackling malaria using the art of deception

May 27, 2015 — Francisco Cai could have parlayed his Stanford computer science degrees into opportunities developing a smartphone app or increasing a website’s ad revenues. Instead, he sought out a way to use his formidable coding skills to tackle problems affecting…

Using genomics to shed light on malaria transmission

May 13, 2015 -- To fight malaria, it’s crucial to assess the effectiveness of interventions against the mosquito-borne disease. But when malaria transmission declines, traditional methods for estimating transmission—based on mosquito sampling—become difficult. Now, a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School…

A new twist in malaria drug resistance

March 3, 2015 -- Drug resistance is a major public health challenge for malaria treatment and eradication. In new research, Dyann Wirth and colleagues have found new ways that the parasite that causes malaria—Plasmodium falciparum—is able to develop resistance to the antimalarial…

New molecular target identified for treating cerebral malaria

For immediate release: January 30, 2015 Boston, MA – A drug already approved for treating other diseases may be useful as a treatment for cerebral malaria, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. They discovered a novel link between…

Public healthonomics

[ Winter 2015 ] Assistant Professor Jessica Cohen is bringing a behavioral economics perspective to public health interventions in Africa. Here’s the thing, says Jessica Cohen. You can design a public health program or product that works wonderfully, that will spare suffering…

Saving neonatal lives

January 21, 2015 -- Günther Fink, a health economist with expertise in child health and development, thinks that all countries should aim to reduce neonatal mortality by 70% by the year 2030. In a recent paper for the Copenhagen Consensus, he argues that…

A cross-disciplinary approach to eradicating malaria

December 17, 2014 –There is an arsenal of cost-effective tools available to combat malaria but getting people to adhere to treatment regimens can be challenging, said Jessica Cohen, assistant professor of global health, at a symposium focused on “The Last Mile to…

Mosquito nets: The price of prevention

July 2014 -- Jessica Cohen, assistant professor of global health, sought an answer to the following: Would malaria-protecting mosquito nets gain wider usage if they were given away for free? Or would they be valued and used more if there was a…

Unraveling mosquito mating secrets for malaria prevention

A study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Perugia (Italy) researchers reveals intriguing new findings about mosquito mating behavior that one day could lead to new ways to control the spread of malaria by mosquitoes. “The new…