Welcome to the Edinburgh Malaria Groups page

The Edinburgh Malaria Groups are based in the Institutes of Immunology and Infection Research and Evolutionary Biology.

Malaria is a debilitating and potentially fatal illness, caused by Plasmodium parasite infection. Malaria parasites are transmitted between humans by the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes.


Malaria and Edinburgh have a long association. This was marked most notably by the announcement by Patrick Manson (a Scotsman), at a meeting of the British Medical Association in Edinburgh in July 1898, of the discovery by Ronald Ross (also a Scotsman) of the mosquito cycle of the malaria parasite. The Nobel Prize awarded in 1902 to Ross for this discovery is now displayed in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.