Parr to lead science outreach discussion: "Do new strains of malaria don invisibility cloaks?"

TRUtalks is a science outreach event dedicated to fostering bridges of communication and trust between scientists and voting age adults within the local community, and make science more accessible to people. TRUtalks serves as a forum by which scientists can exchange ideas with the general public while dispelling myths, misunderstandings, or common misconceptions in popular scientific topics that receive substantial media coverage. Importantly, we hope to inspire an appreciation of scientific inquiry and convey the importance of tax payer-based research funding to everyone’s daily lives.

When Aug 28, 2017
from 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where TRU deli and wine
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-966-1190
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This upcoming Monday, August 28th, we will be joined with Dr. Jonathan Parr from the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine, who specializes in Malaria and how a new strain seems to have evolved an invisibility cloak.

"Malaria deaths dropped dramatically over the past decade, due in part to improved diagnostic and treatment options. Throughout Africa, the diagnosis of malaria and treatment decisions are increasingly dependent on the results of malaria rapid diagnostic tests. However, malaria parasites with a genetic mutation that allows them to escape detection by these rapid tests have recently been reported. We performed a nationwide survey for these parasites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and explored whether evolutionary selection favoring “diagnostic resistant” parasites was present."

As always, TRU deli & wine serves $4 pints and awesome food!

Lastly, TRUtalks is supported by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) through an outreach grant. Please visit their websites

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