Click to return to the VINSE homepage

David Wright & Rick Haselton - Gates Foundation Award recipients

Grand Challenges Explorations fosters creative projects that show great promise to improve the health of people in the developing world. Initial grants are awarded two times a year, and successful projects have the opportunity to receive additional funding of $1 million or more.

On October 21, 2009, the Gates Foundation announced that 76 new global health projects received Grand Challenges Explorations grants.

Project: "Coffee Ring Stain" Diagnostics for Malaria
Drs. Wright and Haselton of Vanderbilt University in the U.S. will develop a new low-cost diagnostic tool in which a droplet of malaria-infected blood deposited on a glass slide will, based on fluid dynamics, leave a ring-like pattern as the blood evaporates. The slide will be prepared with a solution that will interact with a particular protein of the malaria parasite to visualize this "coffee ring stain," allowing for easy interpretation and ready diagnosis.

See Full Press Release
See all Grand Challenges Awards
See Gates Foundation

Vanderbilt University