Dave Richard identifies key target for malaria prevention and treatment

Dave Richard, PhD, at Université Laval reports that with the funds provided by his 2013 Banting Research Foundation grant his team was able to identify and characterize a protein involved in the generation of specific parts of the malarial parasite cell. This is a critical step in developing vaccines and new medications for malaria. His article on this work will be the laboratory’s first on their malaria cell biology work.

In addition, this data was critical in obtaining a 5-year operating grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

“Extensive preliminary data is now required to have any chance of being successful at the open operating grant competitions of major Canadian funding bodies. As a new investigator, I had access to very limited funds to generate these precious data so the support I got from the Banting Research Foundation was extremely important for my laboratory.”