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Malaria remains a major cause of global morbidity and mortality. Despite its global health importance, we still know relatively little about how malaria actually causes death and neurocognitive deficits in survivors.
Understanding the underlying mechanisms of injury may help identify new tools to risk-stratify patients and new interventions to improve survival and to prevent brain injury.
Moreover, understanding the pathobiology of severe malaria may provide new insights in to other life-threatening infections and how best to improve outcome for many serious infections for which no specific therapy currently exists.
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Presenter: Dr. Kevin Kain
Dr. Kain is Director, SAR Labs, Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health; Science Director, Tropical Disease Unit at UHN-TGH; and holds a Canada Research Chair. Dr. Kain is the recipient of the C. Woolf Award for the Excellence in Teaching, a Career Scientist Award, the Bailey Ashford Medal from the American Society for Tropical Medicine for “Distinguished Work in Tropical Medicine”, the SL Medal for “Outstanding Research and Leadership in International Malaria Research”. He was profiled by TIME magazine as one of “Canada’s Best in Medicine”. He has received the: Pfizer Visiting Professorship, UW; Fred Barrett Lectureship, University of Tennessee; Distinguished Global Health Award, University of California; Forbes Lectureship, University of Melbourne; Prof Sornchai Lectureship, Mahidol University. His research efforts focus on life-threatening infections using malaria as a model; as well as global knowledge sharing, including the training of investigators in low resource settings, enabling and empowering them to address their own problems in a sustainable fashion.
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