Researchers from the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee have been awarded the "Project of the Year 2018" from Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) for their discovery work on potential new drugs for malaria.The annual award goes to the scientific partners involved in that year's most exciting project from the MMV portfolio.MMV is the world's leading product development partnership (PDP) for discovering and developing new effective and affordable medicines to treat malaria.Malaria is a serious disease, particularly affecting sub-Saharan Africa, causing approximately 435,000 deaths in 2017, mainly amongst children under the age of 5.It is caused by a single-celled parasite.There is a need for new drugs to prevent and treat malaria, due in particular to the rise of resistance to existing drugs, as well as the need for simpler dosing regimens that facilitate improved treatment adherence.
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