Malaria Postdoctoral Fellow





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Project Description

Region: South-East Asia

Country: Australia

Location: Broadbeach

Total Budget: $93,960

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

Malaria is a life-threatening disease. In its 2022 Report on 2021, WHO reported 247 million cases of malaria worldwide and 619,000 annual deaths, mostly young children and pregnant mothers. WHO observed that this desperate situation is worsening and the need for an effective vaccine is critical.

Since 2016, Rotary District 9640 has been engaged in a partnership with the Institute for Glycomics (Griffith University)to support the development of Professor Michael Good's promising malaria vaccine PlasProtect. We have raised AUD $2.4 million to support this vaccine development and a field-deployable form of the vaccine has now been produced that is undergoing final preliminary studies during 2023. In 2024, it is expected to undertake clinical trials in an endemic country.

This research development has provided an opportunity for a two-year Postdoctoral Scholarto work with Professor Good and his team. This Global Grant is being sought to furnish AUD $140,000to support the scholar during the two year period. It is a marvelous opportunity for an overseas scientist with a PhD to work in one of the top malaria vaccine centres in the world.

I am delighted to announce that the Postdoctoral Fellow is Dr Guilherme de Souza from Brazil. Dr de Souza brings an impressive and extensive background in malaria research especially in the area of anitmalarials. He will commence his two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Griffith University (Gold Coast) in early October 2023.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9640

Rotary Club of: Griffith Gold Coast

Primary Contact: Graham Jones

Email: graham.a.g.jones@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 6990

Rotary Club of: Key Biscayne

Primary Contact: Stephen Baker

Email: canukcanoe@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2342550.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Griffith Gold Coast (9640)





Key Biscayne (6990)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Graham Jones

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Graham Jones

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Graham Jones

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

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