Researchers around the globe are working on new methods and agents to combat malaria.<br/> Photo: CDC Global
Researchers around the globe are working on new methods and agents to combat malaria.
Photo: CDC Global

24.03.2017

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More effective therapies for malaria infections may soon be available. Researchers at the Universities of Bayreuth and Jerusalem have developed a novel method to release active agents and the new agent “Artemisone” for this purpose.

In a collaborative project on malaria therapy, scientists at the Universities of Bayreuth/Germany and Jerusalem/Israel have developed both a new agent, “Artemisone”, and a new method with which the agent can be administered to the patient in a dose that has been precisely attuned to the individual disease pattern. The results have now been published in the Global Challenges journal. The research was part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with a total of around 1.5 million euros over five years.
 
Reliable and flexible: minute fibres allow optimum dosages

In order to be able to flexibly adapt the progression of a malaria therapy to an individual disease pattern, the scientists in Bayreuth placed the agent Artemisone, developed at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, on special polymer fibres. These fibres are roughly 100 times thinner than a human hair. As soon as they come into contact with a standard infusion liquid containing surfactants, the Artemisone is gradually released.

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