Narrator: This is Science Today. A tropical disease specialist at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is leading a group of international researchers in a quest to battle malaria in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon. Joseph Vinetz explains that malaria is the second largest killer of people worldwide and the goal of their work is to enhance research capacity in the Peruvian Amazon, where malaria is one of the major infectious diseases and health threats.
Vinetz: We have a large laboratory in the Amazon city of Iquitos and it's a state-of-the-art, microbiology and molecular biology laboratory, along with the expert physicians and young trainees in medicine and biomedical sciences, we're able to team up to help enhance the research capacity.
Narrator: The work is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Vinetz: What we're intending to do is to focus on the tropical, infectious diseases that are peculiar to the Iquitos region, because this provides us the opportunity to study these diseases, which otherwise may be difficult.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.