Seed Grants

Round 1, 2018

The cost-effectiveness of molecular epidemiology to inform malaria control program decision-making: a scoping exercise.

Angela Devine – Burnet Institute

Understanding RTS,S immunity to inform vaccine implementation and design an improved pre-erythrocyte stage vaccine to facilitate malaria elimination

Gaoqian Feng – Burnet Institute

Novel serological markers for surveillance of both P. vivax malaria exposure and immunity

Rhea Longley – WEHI

Developing a multiscale model combining both within-host and population level information to predict the emergence and spread of antimalarial resistance

Pengxing Cao – UniMelb


Round 2, 2018

Enhanced geospatial surveillance for identifying malaria transmission hotspots using antenatal screening in PNG

Ricardo Ataide – Burnet Institute

Development of a novel mouse model of artemisinin-resistant malaria to screen and prioritize antimalarial drugs effective against artemisinin-resistant parasites

Maria Rebelo – QIMRB

Paving the way for universal radical cure

Kamala Thriemer – Menzies


Round 1, 2019

Field evaluation of a Point-of-Contact device for P. falciparum malaria serosurveillance

Aung Pyae Phyo – Burnet Institute

Functional human antibodies that target P. falciparum gametocytes to reduce malaria transmission

Jo-Anne Chan – Burnet Institute

The impact of a malaria infection on G6PD activity (MAGY)

Benedikt Ley – Menzies

Building capacity for an innovative amplicon deep sequencing tool to genotype Plasmodium infections for improved surveillance

Shazia Ruybal Pesántez – WEHI

Development of a high-sensitivity reader for improving use of malaria RDTs

Leanna Surrao – Burnet Institute


Round 2, 2019

How best can we detect the hidden splenic parasite biomass in human Plasmodium infection? Part 1: peripheral blood

Steven Kho – Menzies

Age-dependent diversity of innate immune responses in malaria

Jessica Loughland – QIMRB

Use of proteomics as a platform for evaluating new biomarkers for improving diagnosis of Plasmodium vivax for the purpose of malaria elimination

Sumudu Britton – QIMRB

Investigating the transmissibility of artemisinin-resistant P. falciparum and the effect of artesunate on gametocyte production

Zuleima Pava – QIMRB


Round 1, 2020

Validating molecular and serological tools for detecting hidden reservoirs of Plasmodium infections in Papua New Guinea

Fiona Angrisano – Burnet

Investigating antibody responses to mosquito salivary antigens across the Asia Pacific to advance novel malaria surveillance strategies

Julia Cutts – Burnet

Understanding the role of polymorphisms in vaccine escape to guide malaria vaccine development and implementation

Liriye Kurtovic – Burnet

Optimal geospatial design of malaria surveillance programs

Freya Shearer – Uni Melb

Serological exposure markers for P. vivax in pregnant women

Holger Unger – Menzies

Characterizing antibody responses to PfEMP1 as biomarkers of severe and uncomplicated malaria in Papua New Guinea

Isobel Walker – Uni Melb


Round 1, 2021

Spatial imaging and transcriptomic analysis of immune cells and malaria parasites in Plasmodium-infected human spleens

Steven Kho – Menzies

Assessing the early development of functional antibody responses and target antigens in controlled human malaria infection to inform vaccine development

Linda Reiling – Burnet Institute

Investigating asymptomatic transmission of malaria parasites in the Madang province of Papua New Guinea

Lincoln Timinao – PNGIMR/Burnet