The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has made Professor Peter Kremsner, Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Tübingen, an Honorary International Fellow. With this, it recognises Prof Kremsner and his research team’s achievements in malaria research. At the DZIF, Peter Kremsner is Coordinator of the research field “Malaria”.
Each year, the ASTMH designates Honorary International Fellows to five non-U.S. researchers who have made eminent contributions to a particular aspect of tropical medicine or hygiene. In early 2017, the tropical disease specialists in Tübingen conducted a clinical phase I test which showed that a vaccination method they had developed leads to 100 percent malaria protection. Malaria is one of the most dangerous infectious diseases worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 214 million people contracted malaria in 2015 alone. The infection caused approximately 438,000 deaths, 90 percent of which were in Africa. Almost three quarters of the fatal cases are children under the age of five.