Malaria

Current MPAC members


Professor Kevin Marsh

Director, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya

Kevin Marsh is Director of the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kenya. He qualified in medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1978 and after undertaking specialist training as a physician began his research career at the Medical Research Council Unit in the Gambia working on the immunology of malaria. From 1985-89 he was at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford and in 1989 established with colleagues a series of research projects on the clinical epidemiology and immunology of malaria at Kilifi on the Kenyan coast. These have subsequently developed into an international programme involving around 800 staff working across a number of countries in east Africa. For the last 22 years he has lived in Kenya where as well as being director of the KEMRI Wellcome programme he is the scientific team leader of the KEMRI centre in Kilifi.

Professor Marsh has a broad interest in clinical, epidemiological and immunological aspects of malaria and has authored or coauthored over 400 publications on different aspects of malaria. The research team he leads has made major contributions across these fields and works closely with national and international policy makers. Professor Marsh has a particular interest in developing and strengthening research capacity and scientific leadership in Africa.

As well as leading the KWTRP Kevin Marsh is also professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and is a member of a number of international advisory committees relating to malaria and to global health research. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded the Prince Mahidol prize for medicine in 2010.

Last updated: 15 December 2011

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