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WWARN facilitates a number of collaborative Study Groups to undertake individual patient data meta-analyses to answer specific research questions about malaria drug resistance. Gathering data sets from multiple studies increases sample sizes, so that trends or sub-population effects can be identified with greater certainty. Working together and combining data from different regions and populations is improving our understanding of drug resistance and strengthening global efforts to control and eventually eliminate malaria.

Vivax Haematology Study Group

Analysis of the consequences of symptomatic Plasmodium vivax infections on anaemia before and after antimalarial treatment 

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ACT Malaria and Malnutrition Study Group

A pooled analysis that assessed the effect of various nutritional indicators in treatment outcome in children aged 6-59 months treated with artemisinin based combination therapies for uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria.
This group has published a first manuscript: Complex interactions between malaria and malnutrition: a systematic literature review. Das D et al. BMC Medicine. 2018 Oct 29;16(1):186. Read this news article summarising the results.

Ivermectin Exposure in Small Children Study Group

The Ivermectin Exposure in Small Children Study Group aims to assess safety profile of ivermectin exposure in children less than 15 kilograms

Clinical Trials Methodology Study Group for P. falciparum

This Study Group is exploring key study design and analytical factors which affects derived clinical efficacy of antimalarials. 
Statistical analyses have commenced and preliminary results of ongoing analyses will be shared at EDCTP Forum 2016 (Lusaka, Zambia) and ASTMH 2016 (Atlanta, USA). Publications are expected in 2018.

Subpatent Malaria and Pregnancy Outcome Study Group

The Subpatent Malaria and Pregnancy Outcome Study Group aims to explore the relationship between subpatent Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection and pregnancy outcome

Molecular Markers of Resistance in West Africa Study Group

This Study Group aims to bring together and explore the latest evidence on the prevalence of molecular markers associated with antimalarial drug resistance in West African Countries.

AS-MQ Dose Impact Study Group

A pooled analysis assessing the effect of mg/kg dosing strategies on the risk of treatment failure in patients treated with the currently recommended dose of artesunate-mefloquine (AS-MQ).
Research groups with relevant data have been contacted with data collection and curation still ongoing. Analysis will start in late 2016 and drafting publication in expected in 2018.

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Low-dose Primaquine Efficacy and Safety Study Groups

Pooled analyses of the efficacy and safety of single low-dose primaquine to interrupt P. falciparum malaria transmission.
Data collection has closed and curation is ongoing. Analysis and draft publications are planned for circulation to the Group by the June of 2017.

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AS-AQ Post-Treatment Prophylaxis Study Group

Modelling the protective effect of Artesunate-Amodiaquine (AS-AQ)
A pooled analysis to assess the post-treatment prophylactic effect of artesunate-amodiaquine (AS-AQ). The group is quantifying the duration of post-treatment prophylaxis mediated by AS-AQ and how it depends on host factors such as .
The Study Group closed in January 2014. The AS-AQ Post-Treatment Prophylaxis Study Group manuscript is currently being finalised and will be submitted soon.

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AS-AQ Dose Impact Study Group

Effect of AS-AQ mg/kg dosing strategies on the risk of treatment failure
A pooled analysis to assess the impact of weight adjusted (mg/kg) dose variations of artesunate-amodiaquine (AS-AQ) on therapeutic efficacy of both drugs combined. The Study Group assessed if the dose of amodiaquine administered to the patients was a risk factor for recrudescence(recurrence of symptoms). The results are expected to be published in the BMC Medicine at the end of March 2015.
The study group closed in March 2013. The paper was published in March 2015. 
Publiction details: 
The Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) AS-AQ Study Group. The effect of dosing strategies on the therapeutic efficacy of artesunate-amodiaquine for uncomplicated malaria: a meta-analysis of individual patient data. BMC Medicine 2015 13:66. Published 31 March 2015 doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0301-z.

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Parasite Clearance Study Group

Parasite clearance after treatment with an artemisinin monotherapy or ACT
This Study Group characterises parasite clearance stratified by location, treatment and time and to find optimal restricted sampling schemes for clearance estimation and provides baseline information on parasite clearance.
The latest study, ‘Baseline parasite clearance data in uncomplicated falciparum malaria after treatment with an artemisinin derivative alone or in combination’, has been submitted to Malaria Journal and is currently under review.
Related publications:
Flegg JA, Guerin PJ, Nosten F et al. Optimal sampling designs for estimation of Plasmodium falciparum clearance rates in patients treated with artemisinin derivatives. Malaria Journal, 2013. Doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-12-411.  PMID: 24225303
WWARN Parasite Clearance Study Group ‘Baseline data of parasite clearance in patients with falciparum malaria treated with an artemisinin derivative: an individual patient data meta-analysis’ Published in Malaria Journal 2015. DOI:10.1186/s12936-015-0874-1

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AS-AQ/AL Molecular Marker Study Group

Role of candidate molecular markers of lumefantrine and amodiaquine resistance
The Artesunate-Amodiaquine/Artemether Lumefantrine (AS-AQ/AL) Molecular Marker Study Group demonstrated that if patients are infected with malaria parasites that carry particular mutations in genes pfcrt and pfmdr1, they are at higher risk of treatment failure after artemether-lumefantrine (AL).
Related publications:
Venkatesan M, et al. Polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum Chloroquine Resistance Transporter and Multidrug Resistance 1 Genes: Parasite Risk Factors that Affect Treatment Outcomes for P. falciparum Malaria after Artemether-Lumefantrine and Artesunate-Amodiaquine.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Oct;91(4):833-43. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0031. 

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