Unlocking the Mysteries of Cerebral Malaria

“It’s gut-wrenching when children die from malaria, but what keeps us going is that we are making progress against this Voldemort of parasites. It’s an elusive quarry, but have it cornered.” Dr. Terrie Taylor describes her 28+ years of research on cerebral malaria in children in Malawi. A new MRI machine there helped unlock mysteries and now she is working on new medical interventions. It’s an important problem, but it’s solvable, she says, with continued research and clinical trials.

Following Swarthmore College and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Taylor studied at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and then joined the faculty of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Because of the generous and sustained support provided by MSU, Dr. Taylor has been able to spend six months each year in Malawi. While there, she is actively involved in patient care on the Paediatric Research Ward. Each year, she hosts 24 Michigan State medical students on clinical tropical medicine electives in her home, the “MSU House”. She returns to Michigan State for six months of teaching (July – December).