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Support Soniran to study drug resistance at Cornell University!

January 3, 2013 - 20:00 -- Bart G.J. Knols

At MalariaWorld we aim to serve you - it's the very reason we exist.

But every year in December, during the festive season, we ask you for a small favour in return. A small gift in return for a full year of weekly newsletters that we drop in your mailbox, and a website full of information on malaria that you all receive for free.

This year we are not asking anything for MalariaWorld itself. Instead we have another cause for which we ask your support... 

We aim to raise $ 8000 for Soniran Temidayo, a Nigerian PhD student, to travel to Cornell University in the USA to study malaria drug resistance.

According to his supervisor at Cornell, Prof. Kirk Deitsch: "Recently it has been found that copy number variation of certain genes also can contribute to drug resistance, adding an additional complication to the more common point mutations that have been traditionally identified as responsible for drug treatment failures. Mr. Temidayo has designed a project that utilizes the latest technology in genetic analysis to be able to identify both copy number variation and point mutations in parasites circulating in the field in Nigeria. This will enable him to determine exactly how parasites are responding to the drug treatment protocols currently in place in Nigerian clinics. His study will contribute both to the development of more effective treatments, but also to our understanding of the rise of drug resistance in the field".

A support letter from Prof. Deitsch is attached to this message, and details what Soniran will do with your support at Cornell. 

MalariaWorld supports Soniran (who contacted us by chance a few days ago with a request for support) and now we call upon you to raise the $ 8000 needed for travel and subsistence in New York. Soniran has told us that if the funds are raised and he can make his dream to study in the USA come true, that he will write contributions for MalariaWorld - we will actually get to read about his work and how your donation was put to use.

So, what if 80 members donated $ 100 dollars each? That is only 1% of our members that can make this happen. Are you one of them?

Show that you care - and help Soniran to study malaria drug resistance at Cornell. Press the facebook donate button below and pay with the method of your choice.



AMOUNT RAISED (updated daily): $ 1781,00



On behalf of Soniran and Prof. Deitsch, we say: Thank you!

The MalariaWord team.


PDF icon Letter for Soniran Temidayo.pdf94.28 KB


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Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on

Glad to report that a Dutch Rotary Club today donated € 500 for Soniran! Are you a Rotarian? Then why not ask your club to do the same?