Spielmann has been head of the "Malaria" research group at BNITM since 2010 and during this time carried out a number of internationally acclaimed studies on the cell biology of malaria parasites. This includes initial work on artemisinin resistance, which was published last year by the renowned journal "Science" (Birnbaum & Scharf et al., Science 2020).
ERC Advanced Grants are awarded to established top researchers with an outstanding scientific track record and an excellent research project. The project "MalArt" will be funded for a period of five years.
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The ERC Advanced Grant
The European Research Council awards ERC Advanced Grants to established, active, top-level researchers with an outstanding scientific track record who wish to explore new areas of research. The last ten years prior to application are decisive for the evaluation of the scientific performance. As a basis for the evaluation, the ERC considers - depending on the discipline in different weighting - the publications as first author in leading international journals, (translated) monographs, patents, presentations at international conferences, research expeditions, the organization of international conferences as well as (inter)national science awards and academy memberships of the applicant. Further information: www.eubuero.de/erc-adg.htm
The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is Germany's largest institution for research, care and teaching in the field of tropical and emerging infectious diseases. Current research focuses on malaria, hemorrhagic fever viruses, immunology, epidemiology and clinic of tropical infections as well as mechanisms of virus transmission by mosquitoes. For handling highly pathogenic viruses and infected insects, the institute has laboratories of the highest biological safety level (BSL4) and a safety insectarium (BSL3). BNITM includes the national reference center for the detection of all tropical infectious agents and the WHO collaborating center for arboviruses and hemorrhagic fever viruses. Together with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and the University of Kumasi, it operates a modern research and training center in the West African rainforest, which is also available to external working groups.