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Malaria remains one of the most important diseases of the developing world, killing 1–3 million people and causing disease in 300–500 million people annually. Most severe malaria is caused by the blood-borne APICOMPLEXAN parasite Plasmodium falciparum and occurs in children in sub-Saharan Africa. The two most widely used anti-malarial drugs, chloroquine(More)
Lead discovery is currently a key bottleneck in the pipeline for much-needed novel drugs for tropical diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, African sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. Here, we discuss the different approaches to lead discovery for tropical diseases and emphasize a coordination strategy that involves highly integrated(More)
Major progress in studying the biology of schistosomes had been achieved since the late 1960s with the successful laboratory cultivation of the parasite's life cycle stages in the vertebrate (in vivo animal models) and snail hosts. This was followed by establishment of in vitro culture techniques for cultivation of the different life cycle stages to(More)
The current drug R&D pipeline for most neglected diseases remains weak, and unlikely to support registration of novel drug classes that meet desired target product profiles in the short term. This calls for sustained investment as well as greater emphasis in the risky upstream drug discovery. Access to technologies, resources, and strong management as well(More)
  • Solomon Nwaka
  • 2005
Traditional pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) strategy has failed to address the desperate need for new antimalarial drugs. The populations affected are too poor to attract commercially-driven R&D. Over the last few years, a new model, the public-private partnership for product development, has radically changed the antimalarial R&D landscape.(More)
The increasing availability of genomic data for pathogens that cause tropical diseases has created new opportunities for drug discovery and development. However, if the potential of such data is to be fully exploited, the data must be effectively integrated and be easy to interrogate. Here, we discuss the development of the TDR Targets database(More)
BACKGROUND The increased sequencing of pathogen genomes and the subsequent availability of genome-scale functional datasets are expected to guide the experimental work necessary for target-based drug discovery. However, a major bottleneck in this has been the difficulty of capturing and integrating relevant information in an easily accessible format for(More)
Choosing appropriate chemoprophylaxis and stand-by treatment for travelers will remain a problem for the near future because of resistant Plasmodium falciparum. For those who live in the malaria endemic regions of the world it is a matter of life and death, but the future looks bright for control of malaria because of the development of organizations like(More)