Monday, 23 April 2012, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Twenty-first Century Threats: Malaria

Professor Francis Cox DSc

In 1955, the World Health Organization announced an ambitious plan to eradicate malaria from the face of the earth. Now, nearly sixty years later, malaria still afflicts some 250 million people of whom over a million, mostly children, die each year. What went wrong?

In this lecture, Professor Frank Cox of Gresham College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will attempt to answer this question against a background of the history of malaria until 1955, what happened between 1955 and 1978 when the eradication plan was abandoned and finally where this leaves us today and concludes with the sobering possibility that malaria may never be eradicated.

This lecture is a part of the series Twenty-First Century Threats. Other lectures in this series include the following:
     HIV/AIDS
     Tuberculosis
     Lyme Disease

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Emeritus Gresham Professor of Physic and former Acting Provost at Gresham College, Professor Francis Cox graduated in Zoology with Parasitology as his Special Subject at the University of Exeter. After postgraduate training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine he joined King's College London where he worked until 1997 as Professor of Zoology and Professor of Parasite Immunology. He also served as Dean of Science in the University of London.
He was appointed Professor of Physic at Gresham College in 1992 and later became Acting Provost of the College of which he is now a Fellow.
He has served on various WHO and other international and national expert committees and has held visiting professorships at UK and overseas universities. He has been Editor of Trends in Parasitology,  Parasitology and the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and served on several editorial boards. He is a member of the Open University's Research Degrees Management Group and his current interests are in the history of tropical medicine and parasitology.

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23 April 2012

Twenty-first Century Threats: Malaria
Professor Francis Cox DSc

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