Ian Gilbert and Malaria teamIan Gilbert’s team of researchers have  published a paper “A novel multiple-stage antimalarial agent that inhibits protein synthesis”  in Nature (522 page 315–320; doi:10.1038/nature14451). Malaria is a major problem in many areas of the world and it is estimated that about 200 million cases of malaria every year and over half a million deaths. The properties of compound DDD107498 are particularly exciting as not only does it have potential for treating malaria with a single dose, it may also prevent the spread of malaria from infected people and it has shown potential to prevent people developing malaria in the first place.

The malaria DDU team has won the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Project of the Year twice. They won the 2014 Project of the Year award for the discovery of the compound DDD107498 and the 2018 Project of the Year award for their recent work on discovering potential new drugs for malaria.


Newspaper articles:

New anti-malarial treatment provides hope in battle against drug resistance: The Guardian

Scientists develop new malaria drug that treats symptoms and prevents infection being transmitted: The Independent

This promising new malaria treatment only needs one dose: The Verge

Promising compound offers single dose knock-out for malaria: RSC Chemistry World


Radio 4 Inside Science: Malaria drug, Listener feedback, Imaging the singing voice, Classifying human species

World Service: Scientists Hopeful for New Malaria Drug

Nature Press Release Video:

Web articles:

New anti-malaria drug developed at Dundee University: BBC

Scots scientists in ‘single dose’ malaria treatment breakthrough: STV