Benno Kreuels, MD, is a senior physician at the I. Medical Clinic and Polyclinic, Section of Tropical Medicine, at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and head of clinical training at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine. After completing his medical studies, he trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, followed by clinical activities in Hamburg and, at the same time, the implementation of many projects on infectious diseases in Africa. Dr Kreuels worked for several years as a senior physician at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. He has carried out extensive activities in endemic areas, especially in Ghana, and has published his findings in a total of over 50 publications in high-ranking journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Blood. His work has focused particularly on the epidemiology of malaria in Africa and the impact of malaria on child development. He has been able to differentiate the influence of genetic and environmental factors.