Online Event- RSTMH George Macdonald Medal talk: Professor Arjen M. Dondorp

Thursday 18 April 2024, 1-2pm BST
Online Event

On Thursday 18 April 2024, 1-2pm BST, we will be hosting the RSTMH George Macdonald Medal talk: Professor Arjen M. Dondorp in honour of World Malaria Day on the 25th of April.

Professor Arjen M. Dondorp will present is medal talk on the topic 'antimalarial drug resistance in uncomplicated and severe falciparum malaria in Asia and Africa.'  Professor Dondorp will be introduced by his nominator for the medal, Professor Olugbenga Mokuol. 

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Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are globally the first-line treatment for uncomplicated falciparum malaria and injectable artesunate is the first-line treatment for severe malaria. Artemisinin resistance jeopardizes the efficacy of ACTs in uncomplicated malaria and of injectable artesunate in severe malaria. The problem started in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia, but has now also emerged in an increasing number of Sub-Saharan African countries. The talk will discuss the consequences of artemisinin resistance for the treatment of falciparum malaria and strategies to counter the threat of artemisinin resistance.

Professor Arjen M. Dondorp

 Professor Arjen Dondorp is an infectious disease and intensive care physician based at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is the Deputy Director and heads the Malaria and Critical Illness research department.  He is a Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, Professor of Translational Global Health at the University of Amsterdam, Visiting Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Thailand, a Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences in the U.K. His main research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of severe malaria, antimalarial drug resistance, new treatments for drug resistant falciparum malaria and the improvement of intensive care practice in developing countries.