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Dr. Dennis Kyle presents USF malaria research on Capitol Hill

Six years ago USF had no researchers working on malaria.   Today, more than 60 faculty members, staff and students are tackling major challenges needed to end malaria, a preventable and treatable mosquito-borne disease that killed more than 650,000 people last year — overwhelmingly children in sub-Saharan Africa

That accomplishment didn’t escape the notice of the Malaria Policy Center in Washington, DC.   The center invited Dennis Kyle, PhD, professor of global health in the USF College of Public Health, to showcase USF’s malaria research at a Capitol Hill expo attended by legislators, Congressional staff, and members of the global health community on World Malaria Day (April 25).

Mosquito sucking blood, extreme close-up

Dr. Kyle was among 20 top malaria researchers from  U.S. companies, universities and research institutions brought together to highlight domestic innovation, economic development, and the scientific and technological progress achieved in the fight against malaria. Other presenters included representatives from Johns Hopkins University, the Harvard Malaria Initiative, Emory University, Draper Laboratory, Virginia Tech, and Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology.

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