Malaria research using experimental human malaria infection

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) scientist Professor James McCarthy from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) will discuss his experimental malaria infection studies by injection of parasite-infected human blood into volunteers in a public seminar at James Cook University (JCU).

"Using experimental human malaria infection will help to improve the understanding of malaria and to develop new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines," Professor McCarthy said.

"At QIMR we have established a system to undertake experimental malaria infection studies by injection of parasite-infected human blood."

Professor James McCarthy is an Infectious Diseases Specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and leader of the Infectious Diseases research group at Queensland Institute of Medical Research.  His research focuses on human parasites including malaria, worms and scabies.

Professor McCarthy works in partnership with researchers at James Cook University's Centre for Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics and is a part of the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance.

QTHA seminar "You mean to say that you are deliberately infecting volunteers with malaria?" will take place, Tuesday 19th Feb 2013, 1.00 pm James Cook University (JCU), Cairns Campus, A3.3, all welcome.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact

Lisa Jones  +61 (0) 740421311 or email email/lisa.jones1)(

The QTHA is a unique collaboration between Queensland universities and research institutes, creating a wealth of tropical health and medical research expertise in the tropics.  QTHA brings together, within one network, world-class researchers focused on the common goal of reducing the burden of tropical diseases in tropical regions.  Research is conducted within three broad programs discovery, new product development and trialling of drugs, diagnostics and vaccines; Indigenous health; disease surveillance and control. QTHA run a seminar series open to all who are interested in tropical health research.

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