Twin Cities Health Professionals Education Consortium

The Twin Cities Health Professionals Education Consortium (TCHP) is your source for nursing continuing education!

Most of our classes and home studies are available to health care professionals for a fee.

If you are from a consortium hospital (see below), please register with your education department. If you are not from a consortium hospital, register directly with TCHP.

Scientific Research Advances in Malaria Treatment and Prevention

Malaria, a life-threatening disease caused by parasites transmitted through mosquito bites, continues to pose a significant global health challenge. However, scientists and researchers have been tirelessly working to develop innovative strategies for the treatment and prevention of malaria. Through extensive scientific research, promising breakthroughs have been made in recent years, offering hope for more effective interventions and ultimately the eradication of this devastating disease.

Targeting the Malaria Parasite
Scientists are actively engaged in developing novel antimalarial drugs that specifically target the malaria parasite. One notable advancement is the discovery of artemisinin, a powerful compound derived from the Chinese herb Artemisia annua. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have become the gold standard in malaria treatment, showing remarkable effectiveness in reducing parasite levels and saving countless lives. Furthermore, ongoing research focuses on identifying new drug targets within the parasite's life cycle, aiming to disrupt its development and prevent its ability to replicate and cause harm.

Vector Control Strategies
Another critical aspect of malaria research revolves around controlling the mosquito vectors responsible for transmitting the disease. Scientists have made significant strides in developing innovative methods to combat mosquito populations and prevent malaria transmission. For instance, the use of insecticide-treated bed nets has proven to be highly effective in reducing mosquito bites and, subsequently, malaria cases. Moreover, novel techniques such as genetically modified mosquitoes, which render them incapable of transmitting the parasite, show great potential for vector control. These innovative approaches, combined with robust surveillance and monitoring systems, have the potential to significantly reduce malaria transmission rates.

Advancements in Vaccines
The development of an effective malaria vaccine has long been a goal of the scientific community. Encouraging progress has been made in recent years, with the introduction of the first malaria vaccine, RTS,S/AS01, for use in children in specific regions heavily affected by the disease. This milestone represents a significant step towards global malaria control. Ongoing research continues to refine and enhance vaccine efficacy, with new candidates under investigation. Scientists are exploring various vaccine strategies, including genetically engineered vaccines and those targeting multiple stages of the parasite's life cycle. While challenges remain, these advancements offer hope for a future where malaria can be prevented through vaccination.

Scientific research into the treatment and prevention of malaria has yielded promising results, providing hope for the millions of individuals affected by this disease. Advances in antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate, vector control strategies, and vaccine development showcase the dedication of researchers in their quest to combat malaria effectively. Continued investment in scientific research, alongside strengthened global efforts in surveillance, education, and access to prevention and treatment measures, is crucial to achieving the long-term goal of eradicating malaria and ensuring a healthier future for all.

TCHP Consortium Hospitals

Hennepin County Medical Center

Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Hennepin County
Medical Center
Minneapolis VA
Health Care System
Minnesota Veterans Homes


Associate Member:


Northfield Hospital



Northfield Hospital