Press Conference from Dr. Carmenza Spadafora of INDICASAT

Dr. Carmenza Spadafora, Researcher at the Institute of Scientific Investigations and High Technology Services (INDICASAT), gave a press conference regarding her project “Microwave irradiation as an alternative therapy to treat malaria”, which is part of the Grand Challenges Explorations in Global Health of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The conference, which was held Tuesday, August 16, at the Bristol Hotel, discussed the new project based on microwave irradiation as an alternative therapy to treat malaria without the use of drugs.  The project, which also included Dr. José Antonio Stoute from Pennsylvania State University, was one of the 12 selected (out of 4 thousand in total), by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for Phase II of the Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) which fosters innovation in global health research.

Dr. Spadafora explained that half of the world population has a risk of catching malaria. Therefore her project, which has a million dollar grant for two years of research, will be tested on mice first and later on humans.  The Panamanian researcher is a clear example of scientific advance in Panama, which has a birthplace at the City of Knowledge.