Dr Didier Ménard
Dr Didier Ménard is the head of the Malaria Molecular Epidemiology Unit, Institut Pasteur in Cambodia. Since 2003, its research has focused at improving our understanding on the epidemiological features of malaria endemicity in order to help policy makers to conduct elimination plans (in Africa, in Central Africa Republic and Madagascar and in South east Asia, in Cambodia), and especially on antimalarial drug resistance (Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax parasites) and associations between the human host and susceptibility to malaria. He has published more than 100 scientific articles. Recently, his most important finding has been to be involved in the discovery of mutations in the K13 propeller domain gene as a molecular marker of Plasmodium falciparum artemisinin resistance (Ariey et al, Nature 2014; Straimer et al, Science 2014).