Let’s gather!

The Malawi Gathering is Sunday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. at the Garvey Barn, 7490 Lautner Road, Williamsburg MI 49690. This is a joint gathering with the Warm Hearts Foundation and Imaging The World and we’re grateful to the Garvey family for letting us join in the fun. May Erlewine, a wonderful singer/songwriter, will perform for us! See the poster here. We’ll also have an open beach at the Taylor/Williams home, 873 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City MI 49686, beginning at noon that day.

Some recent papers

Type I Interferon Receptor Variants in Gene Regulatory Regions are Associated with Susceptibility to Cerebral Malaria in Malawi.

Simulation models predict that school-age children are responsible for most human-to-mosquito Plasmodium falciparum transmission in southern Malawi.

Noninvasive measures of brain edema predict outcome in pediatric cerebral malaria.

Cerebrospinal fluid Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein-2 in pediatric cerebral malaria.

A targeted approach for routine viral load monitoring in Malawian adults on antiretroviral therapy.

Pathology-Based Research in Africa.

1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Investigate Potential Etiologies of Brain Swelling in Pediatric Cerebral Malaria.

Sam Kampondeni honored

Dr. Samuel D. Kampondeni, a leader in brain imaging for cerebral malaria, has been recognized among leading global scientists at the Annual Meeting for the American Neurological Association.

Dr. Kampondeni’s presentation “MRI Brain Volume Measures as Proxy for Intracranial Pressure Predict Outcome in Pediatric Cerebral Malaria” was awarded Top Honors and a cash award from among over 500 scientific works presented.

Dr. Kampondeni works with QECH and and the Blantyre Malaria Project. His research has led to critical insights regarding how malaria affects the brain. The ANA, a professional organization representing the nation’s top academic neurologists and neuroscientists, announced it 2017 scientific awards at its annual meeting last week in San Diego.  The awards recognize leaders in academic neurology and neuroscience who have exemplified excellence in a number of areas, including stroke, dementia and neurodegenerative disease.

Founded in 1875, the American Neurological Association is the premier professional society of academic neurologists and neuroscientists devoted to the understanding of diseases of the nervous system and the profession’s ability to treat them.  The Association’s monthly Annals of Neurology was first published in 1977 and is considered one of the world’s leading medical journals on diseases of the central nervous system.

Good info, brisk breeze at Malawi Update gathering

We had a good turnout at the Malawi Update gathering in Traverse City in early August. Thank you so much to everyone who came; it was so nice to see you, to catch up and share our news with all of you. We had a slide show looping, a couple posters and lots of Blantyre Malaria Project and MSU employees on hand to talk about science. It wasn’t just the north wind that was invigorating.

Malawi Update poster (PDF download)

The Malawi flag flew proud over northern Michigan.

Dr. Karl Seydel (in towel-skirt, right) was fresh off the plane from Chileka. The water was warmer than the air, so there was a good bit of swimming going on.

Dr. Doug Postels channels his inner Malawian by wearing a puffy parka when the temperature drops below 70F.

One of the best Malawi-in-Michigan moments — bao on the beach!


ICEMR study receives $8.5 million grant

The work is part of the International Centers of Excellence in Malaria Research, a program created in 2010 and funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This is the  second ICEMR grant Taylor and her team have been awarded. Read more.

Keep in touch

Here’s our July 2017 newsletter. And here’s our May 2017 newsletter. You can subscribe here.

Our 2017 Riegle Scholars have been chosen

Read more about them here.

Taking a stand for science

We’re hosting a satellite March for Science in Blantyre Saturday, April 22. Learn more and join us.

Gaining Ground Against Cerebral Malaria

The Lancet has a great article (free) about our work here. It emphasizes our collaborations, past research and upcoming study.

The State News wrote about our project, including the ICEMR grant. Read it here.

Save the date!

Malawi Party 2017 is on. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2-10 p.m., 873 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City MI 49684. Bring a dish to pass, something to drink, beach gear and please, park across U.S. 31 and cross over.

NIH grant is a go

OK, let’s figure this out! NIH awards $8.4 million for malaria research (via MSU Today).

Ben Kean Award

Photo by Michael A. Schwarz

Terrie Taylor, D.O., won the Ben Kean Award at this year’s gathering of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Read more.

Nurse presents at ASTMH meeting


Felix Mkandawire

Felix Mkandawire, a nurse at the Blantyre Malaria Project, was a presenter at the 2016 meeting of the 2016 meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene after discovering a trend in the data coming from the Ndirande clinic. Read more.


Scholarship winners honored

scholarship-lunch1Winners of this year’s scholarships, funded by Dr. Gail and Mrs. Barbara Riegle, were honored at a lunch during the Silver Jubilee of the University of Malawi College of Medicine.

Read more.



Power to the people

generatorweb4We have a generator at the MSU House! We’ve christened it the “Huckle-Harrison Generator.” Find out why.