Malaria Free World, a new student-led 501(c)(3) foundation that aims to raise awareness about malaria and to encourage aspiring scientists to devote their energies to eradicating the epidemic, held its kick-off event, “Malaria Meltdown,” on November 1st at Nysmith School.
Junior Kritika Singh, CEO (right), founded the organization after conducting research on malaria during her summer internship at Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Boston and attending the “Challenges in Malaria Research” conference in Oxford, England, in August. Assisting Kritika on the organization’s Core Team, along with her younger brother, Aaditya Singh, a Longfellow 8th grader, are juniors Bradford Case and William Ryu. Kritika is also President of TJ’s Global Health Initiative 8th period club.
“Malaria Meltdown” featured leaders from the field discussing cutting-edge, unpublished research. The event’s keynote speaker was the organization’s Senior Scientific Adviser, Dr. Ralph Mazitschek, who is a professor at Harvard’s Medical School and its School of Public Health, Co-Director of the Chemical Biology Platform at the Center for Systems Biology, and a Member of the Infectious Diseases Initiative at the Broad Institute. Additional distinguished speakers included Dr. Adam Ruben of Sanaria, Inc., and Dr. Sean Prigge of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (right). Allesandro Lauria, a Colorado middle school student, spoke about how his personal experiences with the disease motivated him to found the Malaria Defense Project, which provides mosquito nets to pregnant women and children.