Epidemiology of malaria transmission in Papua New Guinea

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Leanne Robinson Personal web page
Associate Professor Freya Fowkes Personal web page

Project Details

The scale-up of malaria control interventions in Papua New Guinea has resulted in a significant overall reduction in the nationwide prevalence and incidence of malaria. However, this effect has not been uniform across the country and considerable heterogeneity in transmission exists in different areas, despite a standardised approach to the implementation of the control measures. Minimal data currently exists on the determinants of heterogeneity and residual malaria transmission in PNG and which human, vector and/or parasite behaviour/characteristics are the most important obstacles to elimination.

This project will involve analysing data on the prevalence and distribution of malaria infection and together with vector and human behavioral data, generate spatial risk maps and investigate the use of clinical foci to identify asymptomatic reservoirs of infection. Understanding the extent of local heterogeneity in malaria transmission and the driving factors is critical to be able to identify and implement targeted control strategies to ensure the ongoing success of malaria control in PNG and make progress towards elimination.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.

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Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital