Approximately half of the world population lives at risk of malaria

According to the 2017 World Malaria Report, 91 countires confirmed almost 216 million cases in 2016 (an increase of 5 million compared to the previous year).

In 2016, malaria killed more than 445,000 people. Fifteen countries accounted for 80% of global deaths; all of them except one are in Subsaharan Africa, where 9 out of 10 deaths occurred. 

Main Lines of Research

  • Enabling technologies for malaria research
  • Parasite biology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Malaria immunology
  • Diagnostics
  • Evaluation of preventive and therapeutic tools
  • Epidemiology and clinical presentation of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax
  • Vector biology and control
  • Novel approaches and strategies for malaria elimination
  • Health economy studies and assessment of the economic impact of malaria elimination

Our Team


  • Quique Bassat
    Quique Bassat ICREA Research Professor, Head of the Malaria Programme

Our Team

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Highlighted Projects


The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance - MESA is dedicated to advancing the science of malaria eradication.

RTS,S Vaccine Immunology Study

Study of immune correlates of protection against malaria after vaccination with RTS,S/AS01E: a comprehensive immunological arm of a Phase III double-blind, randomized, controlled multi-center trial


Pregnant women as a sentinel group for malaria surveillance in an era of changing malaria transmission


Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa

Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM), in Mozambique


Unravelling Disease Tolerance and Host Resistance in Afebrile 'P. falciparum' Infections: a Prospective Study in Mozambican Adults


P. falciparum genomic intelligence in Mozambique

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Malaria mass and focal drug administration to advance malaria elimination in Mozambique: accelerating programmatic implementation and policy translation


MULTIple doses of IPTi Proposal: a Lifesaving high Yield intervention

Science4Pandemics Project


Citizens engagement digital platform for collective intelligence in pandemics

Other projects

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Novel organ-on-a-chip technology to study extracellular vesicles-mediated cryptic infections in Plasmodium vivax malaria


Exploration of the singularities of the sugar nucleotide metabolism and description of novel glycosylation pathways in the malaria parasite


Development of nanovectors for the targeted delivery in Anopheles mosquitoes of agents blocking transmission of Plasmodium parasites