54. Pathogenesis of Cerebral Malaria
Session: Symposium: Pathogenesis of Central Nervous System Infection
Thursday, October 20, 2011: 2:00 PM
Room: 253ABC

Dan Milner Jr., MD, Blantyre Malaria Project, Blantyre, Malawi; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Danny A. Milner, Jr. MD, MSc FCAP, is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and in the department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health; a Pathologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital serving as Assistant Medical Director in Microbiology and Infectious Disease Pathologist in Anatomic Pathology; and an Honorary Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Dr. Milner received his B.S. in Chemistry from Birmingham-Southern College (1995) and his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine (2000). He trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2004) and in Medical Microbiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005). He received his masters of science in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health (2010). As a member of Prof. Dyann Wirth’s laboratory at the Harvard School of Public health, he has work with a consortium to develop a haplotype map of Plasmodium falciparum, a project undertaken with the Broad Institute. Using this map as well as sequencing and new technologies, he is exploring field samples from pediatric cerebral malaria patients in Malawi to determine parasite genetic markers of disease through an NIH K23 award which began in 2007. He is a senior scientist in the Wirth lab and creates and maintains collaborations with the malaria community, has developed and collaborated on overseas projects in Senegal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Uganda, and performs quality assurance for human subjects’ research. As a consultant pathologist for the Blantyre Malaria Project, he is involved in quantification of cerebral sequestration and a range of sub-projects on histopathology in conjunction with Brigham and Women’s pathology residents, fellows, and students. He also explores the relationships of viral infection and cancer in collaboration with Dr. Steve Kamiza (University of Malawi College of Medicine) and collaborators at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Channing Labs. Closer to home, he is actively involved in numerous collaborative projects with Brigham and Women’s Hospital clinicians related to a range of infectious disease topics as well as development of clinical diagnostics.

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