Malaria and Neglected Parasitic Diseases

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The program aims to support evidence-based policy-making at all levels for the reduction of malaria and other parasitic diseases in high-burden areas, and to expand our current scientific understanding of the most relevant parasitic diseases affecting humans, and their host-vector interactions. We focus on malaria, Chagas and neglected tropical parasitic diseases such as soil transmitted helminths and leishmania with the ultimate goal of advancing towards disease elimination wherever feasible.

We apply methods which include epidemiology, intervention trials with drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tools and basic molecular biology and immunology. Capacity building is included at all levels. Our efforts range from local, national and global, with a focus on the highest burden areas of the world. The diverse program has international leadership in the development and evaluation of tools for malaria control in vulnerable populations, Chagas clinical care, parasite biology and immunity to malaria infection and vaccination.

Our Team


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

Principal lnvestigators of the Programme