Fighting Malaria in Children
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded a prestigious Clinical Scientist
Development Award to Dr. Audrey Odom, a Faculty Scholar of the Children's
Award-winning research in malaria
Dr. Odom studies a parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, that causes malaria. This
disease kills more than 1 million people each year, with most deaths in children
under age 5.
With the help of funding from the Children's Discovery Institute, Dr, Odom has described
a pathway of the parasite's activity. This pathway is a target for novel drug therapy
that can treat malaria. Finding new drugs for malaria is important, because
the parasite has become resistant to commonly used older drugs.
Half-million dollar grant
Dr. Odom will receive $486,000 over three years from the Doris Duke Foundation to
conduct research and help establish her lab. Since 1998, 170 physician‐scientists
have received CSDA grants totaling approximately $72 million. The goal of the CSDA
is to encourage the next generation of physician‐scientists to stay committed to
clinical research by providing support as they transition to an independent research
The Doris Duke grant builds on the $300,000 Faculty Scholar award Dr. Odom received
from the Children's Discovery Institute. It's an example of how the Faculty
Scholar program "incubates" young researchers. The program enables these scientists
to develop promising new ideas that can help children. It also brings outside funding
and recognition to Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children's
Click here for more information on Dr. Odom.
Read an article on her work in Pathways newseletter.