A Short (Hi)story of Malaria
Xavier Fernández-Busquets, Nanomalaria Joint Unit (IBEC/Barcelona Institute for Global Health)
Reportedly, malaria has been the killer of about half of all people who have ever lived, among which such celebrities as king Tutankhamun, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan. To commemorate the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Professor Youyou Tu, we will overview the fascinating history of this murderer disease through the small stories of its sufferers from dinosaurs to humans. From the exorbitant egos of renowned physicians to the shameful experiments in concentration camps and prisons during WWII, or from the darkest depths of malariotherapy to the shining lights leading to the discovery of some of its remedies, malaria will keep us in awe of its amazing (hi)story.