Special Issue "Recent Advances in Drug Therapy for Malaria"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Drug Targeting and Design".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 117

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
Interests: malaria; infection; plasmodium; immunology; parasitology; tropical diseases
Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
Interests: enteric viruses; children; phylogenetic analysis; diarrhea; Gabon

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite significant efforts, malaria continues to be a major health problem in sub-Saharan Africa and claims hundreds of thousands of victims yearly, mainly children under the age of five. Artemisinin combination therapy has been the cornerstone of antimalarial therapy in the last two decades, but the emergence of artemisinin resistance in P. falciparum poses a challenge for continuing to reduce malaria incidence and mortality globally. The first malaria vaccine has been recommended by the WHO since October 2021 for children aged five months and older living in areas with moderate to high malaria transmission. However, the vaccine has only shown modest efficacy; therefore, new therapeutic strategies remain essential to avoid malaria deaths in the coming years. In addition, drugs with preventive and transmission-blocking effects are crucial to take the next step towards eliminating malaria.

We are pleased to invite you to contribute with an article to this Special Issue on “Recent Advances in Drug Therapy for Malaria” to update the current state of the art and address ongoing knowledge gaps in malaria therapy.

This Special Issue aims to publish original research and review articles related to the prevention, treatment, and transmission blocking of malaria to assemble a collection of publications highlighting recent advances in drug therapy for malaria and to raise awareness of this life-threatening disease.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Antimalarial drug resistance;
  • Malaria chemoprophylaxis;
  • Drug therapy;
  • Malaria elimination;
  • Novel antimalarials;
  • Plasmodium falciparum;
  • Transmission blocking activity;
  • Pharmacogenetics;
  • Pharmacogenomics;
  • Antimalarial drug design;
  • Drug targeting;
  • Antimalarial drug delivery.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Jana Held
Prof. Dr. Steffen Borrmann
Guest Editors

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  • novel antimalarials
  • malaria elimination
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • antimalarial drug resistance
  • transmission blocking
  • drug therapy
  • artemisinin
  • pharmacogenomics
  • pharmacogenetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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