World Community Grid is pleased to announce the launch of the GO Fight Against Malaria project.
Malaria is one of the one of the three deadliest infectious diseases on earth and is caused by parasites that infect both humans and animals. Half of the entire human population is at risk: in 2006, 247 million people became infected with malaria. Of the nearly one million deaths caused by malaria each year, 85% of those are children.
The researchers at The Scripps Research Institute, are running the GO Fight Against Malaria project on World Community Grid to evaluate millions of candidate compounds to advance the search for new drugs that can cure patients who are infected with multi-drug-resistant mutant “superbugs” of malaria.
Please join us and donate your unused computer time to help search for new drugs to treat this severe and neglected disease!
For more information about this exciting project, please go to the Research overview on our website.
- To view Alex Perryman's blog about this project on Citizen IBM, please click here.
- To view Robin Willner's blog about this project on Smarter Planet, please click here.
- To view the IBM press release, please click here.
- To view The Scripps Research Institute press release, please click here.
Participation in the GO Fight Against Malaria project
GO Fight Against Malaria is the nineteenth research project to be launched on World Community Grid and one of ten projects currently running on World Community Grid. The other nine research projects are:
- Drug Search for Leishmaniasis (launched August, 2011
- Computing for Clean Water (launched August, 2010)
- The Clean Energy Project – Phase 2 (launched June, 2010)
- Discover Dengue Drugs – Together – Phase 2 (launched February, 2010)
- Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy – Phase 2 (launched May, 2009)
- Help Fight Childhood Cancer (launched March, 2009)
- Help Conquer Cancer (launched November, 2007)
- Human Proteome Folding - Phase 2 (launched July, 2006)
- FightAIDS@Home (launched November, 2005)
For more detailed information and FAQs about each of these projects, please click on the Research button in the upper navigation bar. We thank all of our members for their valuable contributions to the projects to date and hope you will continue to help us process those, as well as this latest project.
Because there are ten research projects running on World Community Grid, your grid agent could receive work units from any of the projects depending on your Project profile. If you prefer, you may elect to focus your computer's time only on particular projects. To do so, press the My Grid button in the upper navigation bar and select My Projects or click here. Work is sent only to machines which meet minimum system requirements set for a particular project. To read more specifics on the system requirements for the GO Fight Against Malaria project and the other projects, click here.
If a member contributes a minimum of 14 days of CPU Run Time to this project, they will receive a GO Fight Against Malaria project badge on their member statistics page and next to their member name when they post in the forums. There is a different badge for each research project and beta testing. To read more about badges, click here.
In addition to providing information about this project, we have created a forum for discussions about the GO Fight Against Malaria project. To participate in this forum, please press the Forums button in the upper navigation bar or click here. Only forum authors with the title “FightAIDS@Home/GO Fight Against Malaria Scientist" are authorized to comment as representatives of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
If you have any questions, World Community Grid provides you with four methods of obtaining assistance: (1) Review the FAQs found in the Help section of the website; (2) Review the forums to see if anyone has asked/answered the question that you have; (3) Ask the question in World Community Grid's GO Fight Against Malaria project forum found here and a Community Advisor or a more experienced member will provide an answer; or (4) Send an email to the support desk from the Contact Us link found at the bottom of every page of the website (except in the forums).
We thank you for contributing to the GO Fight Against Malaria project.