Research: International Centers of Excellence in Malaria Research – Center of Non-Amazonian Regions of Latin America - CLAIM  

This is a comprehensive project designed to establish an international Center of Excellence for Malaria Research in Latin America (CLAIM) composed of multiple public and private research centers from the endemic countries, the USA and Europe working jointly to find alternatives for malaria control. Results will facilitate malaria elimination in low malaria endemic settings.  NIAID Cooperative Agreement U19AI089702-01.  

Funders: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Latin American Center for Malaria Research and Control 
ICEMR Program Overview
Research Team:  Socrates Herrera-Valencia (PI), Centro de Investigacion Caucaseco, Colombia
Martha L. Quinones Pinzon (Co-PI), Centro de Investigacion Caucaseco, Colombia
Myriam Arevalo-Herrera (Co-PI), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Co-Investigators from the BRG
Yi Hen Yan, Juan B. Gutierrez
Collaborators: Malaria Vaccine Development Center, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
University of Valle – Immunology Institute, Cali, Colombia
University of Antioquia-Malaria Group, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
University of Miami, Miami
University of Arizona, Tucson
Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru
Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies, Panama, Republic of Panama
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala
University of Cordoba, Monteria, Cordoba, Colombia
FES Foundation, Cali, Colombia
National Institute of Health, Bogota D.C, Colombia
National University, Bogota D.C, Colombia
Funding:  $150K (UGA) of $5.5M (Project Total)
Project Period:  2010-2017

           

CLAIM is divided into three projects: Project 1 is evaluating the diversity of the ecology and parasite populations related to the epidemiology and clinical findings to establish a scientific framework that supports the development of new intervention strategies for malaria elimination in non-Amazonian areas of Latin America. Project 2 is addressing major gaps in understanding of the ecology, behavior, vector potential, and control of Anopheles malaria vectors to guide the development and implementation of more effective integrated vector management (IVM) strategies of National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs). Project 3 aims to determine the clinical outcomes and their association with parasite and host features of malaria-infected individuals living in non-Amazon regions of LA with different intensities of malaria transmission.