MMV partner recognized for outstanding contribution to health and medical research
MMV wishes to congratulate Professor James McCarthy who, along with 36 others, was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) this month.
Professor McCarthy is Senior Scientist at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where he leads the Clinical Tropical Medicine Laboratory (CTM), which aims to improve human health by contributing to the control of human parasitic diseases, particularly malaria.
He is also Senior Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at The University of Queensland.
In 2010, in collaboration with MMV, Prof McCarthy and his team at QIMR Berghofer studied the feasibility of a controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) model to test the in vivo safety and activity of new antimalarial drug candidates. This has led to Volunteer Infection Studies (VIS), which shorten the time required to clinically evaluate candidate antimalarials compared to testing in the field.
“We have been collaborating with James and the team at QIMR Berghofer for over 8 years now,” said Dr Timothy Wells, Chief Scientific Officer, MMV. “His work in volunteer infection studies with malaria have been catalytic in speeding up the development and prioritization of new medicines.”