Dr Geoff Brown, Associate Professor in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy at the University of Reading, is using NMR spectroscopy to reveal the chemical pathway needed to produce the world's most effective antimalarial drug in a more cost-effective way.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the global disease burden of malaria is around 214 million cases in total. There were an estimated 438,000 deaths in 2015, and more than half of those deaths were children under the age of five (WHO Malaria Factsheet).
While these numbers are alarming, they are a significant improvement. In the last 15 years, interventions, such as mosquito control and access to antimalarial drugs, have decreased mortality rates by 60% worldwide (WHO Malaria Factsheet).