Steve Taylor, MD, a medical instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, is one of three Duke researchers to receive an International Travel Grant from Duke Global Health Institute to pursue global health collaborations in Kenya.
Dr. Taylor will travel to Eldoret, Kenya, and Kigali, Rwanda this summer to pursue collaborations focused on translational studies of malaria. In Eldoret, Kenya, Taylor will build upon existing research to study the molecular pathology of malaria and its interaction with other diseases. In Rwanda, Taylor hopes to expand collaborations that explore pregnancy-associated malaria.
"The award will help us expand capacity for genetic studies of malaria in Eldoret, which already has a nucleus of Duke clinical investigators with active protocols in malaria-endemic towns near Eldoret. The visit will help think through how to leverage this existing infrastructure to answer interesting biological questions that can help to reduce transmission of malaria,” Taylor said. “In Kigali, the goal is to complement Duke’s clinical educational activities by starting a clinical research collaboration focused on malaria. Establishing a shared research program with Rwandan investigators in pregnancy-associated malaria would open many avenues for clinical and research training, field studies to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, and educational exchange."