UST Malaria Research Center
This is one of the centers at the university which caters for scientific research and academic studies to serve the community at large. The main objective of this center is to find effective solutions for the problems imposed by malaria as an endemic disease. This is hopefully achieved by conducting field research and applied studies to combat malaria. In this respect the center accompanies all national, regional and international plans for combating malaria. The main researches in this field focus on the study of malaria vectors or carriers, defining the genetic signs of malaria parasites and in this way specifying the main vectors and microscopic types. The field studies focus on the study of the biological differences between different kinds, develop and identify technologies for dealing with each type, record their resistance to insecticides time and place wise, field evaluation of new insecticides, saturated mosquito nets, in addition to parasite diagnostic tools. The center also plays a major role in skill development and fund raising by organizing training sessions and workshops targeting students and researchers from inside the university and without. Moreover, the center concentrates on the ways and means of treating malaria, testing the efficacy of different drugs and medications and the extent of the parasite response to treatment, resistance to different drugs in addition to the clinical follow up of malaria treatment and the other complications of the disease. A group of eminent scientists from the teaching staff, researchers from other universities and from national, regional and international centers all work at the center. They all make use of the modern laboratories provided by the university to conduct experiments and researches in malaria combating fields. The center also conducts researches especially in malaria stricken areas which represent a good ground for testing new technologies and therefore help in the follow up efforts for the development of the disease and ways of combating it.