08 Feb 2019 | Back to News, Publications and Annual Reports

BPRC to receive additional funds for malaria research. The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW) is granting us this aptly-named TOP grant. ZonMW considers this instrument to be the key driver for innovation in the long term.

BPRC is the organisation behind one of the 11 ‘excellent research groups’ that will receive funding. Using this grant, we will able to renew the lines of research and enter into new partnerships.

A closer look at dormant malaria parasites

Our malaria research, for which we are collaborating with Radboud University Nijmegen, focuses on dormant malaria parasites in the liver. These parasites may cause multiple episodes of the disease in patients, even if they have not been infected by a malaria-carrying mosquito again. Furthermore, these types of parasite are resistant to virtually all available cures for malaria.

Research into new culture systems

The research mostly takes place in new culture systems. The subject of the research is the malaria parasite that infects both humans and primates. The knowledge accrued about the dormancy of this parasite will be of great use in developing new cures.