Center for Global Health

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-8207
Fax: (505) 272-8441

Labs' Clinical Research Sites Manage Pediatric Diseases in Kenya

Child with malaria

Mother and child with malaria
in Siaya District Hospital (Kenya)

The research and training activities of the Laboratories of Tropical Diseases primarily focus on malaria and related pediatric infectious diseases, such as bacteremia and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, that account for the vast amount of morbidity and mortality in tropical regions.

Although the primary focus of the group is to gain a better understanding of the molecular basis of severe malarial anemia in African children, a number of projects are investigating the molecular interactions between malaria and two of primary co-pathogens endemic to western Kenya i.e., HIV/AIDS and bacteremia.

Based on the need for improved information technology in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance the management and treatment of pediatric infectious diseases, the group is also engaged in research and training in medical and bioinformatics.

The Laboratories of Tropical Diseases have developed a number of clinical research sites in western Kenya to investigate pediatric infectious diseases that account for the majority of morbidity and mortality in Kenya. The study sites are organized so that we can perform clinical research and appropriately manage pediatric infectious diseases in western Kenya. The laboratory network is based on a model that also allows us to perform genetic and molecular immunological studies in both Kenya and at the University of New Mexico.

Fogarty International Fellow working on genetic research in the laboratories at Kisian (Kenya)

Fogarty International Fellow working on genetic research
in the laboratories at Kisian (Kenya)

Fogarty Training Grant

The University of New Mexico International Malaria Training and Research Program (IMTRP) combines the strengths of UNM with those of Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya) and Maseno University (Maseno, Kenya) to offer state-of-the-art training for local scientists. The IMTRP is currently training postdoctoral fellows, infectious disease fellows, PhD students, MSc students, medical students, and undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, USA), Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya), and Maseno University, (Kisian, Kenya).