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MSU Research History: Cause of Cerebral Malaria Fatalities

2015 – Terrie Taylor, University Distinguished Professor, Tropical Medicine,
Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, and her team publish their discovery about what causes children to die of cerebral malaria. In this deadliest form of the disease, Taylor finds that the brain becomes so swollen it is forced out through the bottom of the skull and compresses the brain stem. This pressure causes the children to stop breathing and die.

Terrie Taylor

Terrie Taylor

Taylor, has spent six months of the year in the African nation of Malawi beginning in 1986, conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children.

Source: MSU Today – “MSU Docotors’ Discovery of How Malaria Kills Children Leads to Life-Saving Treatments,” and “Brain Swelling and Death in Children with Cerebral Malaria,” Karl B. Seydel, M.D., Ph.D., Samuel D. Kampondeni, M.B., Ch.B., Clarissa Valim, M.D., D.Sc., Michael J. Potchen, M.D., Danny A. Milner, M.D., Francis W. Muwalo, A.D.I.T., Gretchen L. Birbeck, M.D., William G. Bradley, M.D., Ph.D., Lindsay L. Fox, M.D., Simon J. Glover, F.R.C.Ophth., Colleen A. Hammond, A.S., Robert S. Heyderman, F.R.C.P., Ph.D., Cowles A. Chilingulo, B.Sc., Malcolm E. Molyneux, F.Med.Sci., and Terrie E. Taylor, D.O.; N Engl J Med 2015; 372:1126-1137. March 19, 2015 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1400116 New England Journal of Medicine.

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