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Watch "The Enduring Search for Malaria Vaccines": a MasterClass with Prof. Stephen Hoffman - Sanaria Inc.

June 3, 2021 - 10:02 -- Sanaria Inc.

Watch below the recording of the MasterClass "The Enduring Search for Malaria Vaccines" with Sanaria's Chief Executive and Scientific Officer Prof Stephen Hoffman.

Ifakara MasterClasses in Public Health Research & Practice. Episode XXV: Thursday, June 3rd 2021.



  1. The transformational power of vaccines against infectious diseases
  2. The long history of malaria vaccine R&D
  3. Basic principles of immunology & vaccinology
  4. Updates on WHO roadmap for malaria vaccines & the some selected candidates
  5. Indepth review of Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite vaccines (PfSPZ)
  6. Integrating vaccines in malaria control/elimination strategies
  7. Capacity building, personal experiences and mentorship
  8. Essential Partnerships [& Leadership]//The International PfSPZ Consortium
  9. New opportunities for scaling up vaccine research in malaria endemic countries

Hosted by Fredros Okumu (Ifakara), Dr. Sheila Ogoma (CHAI) & Dr. Ally Olotu (Ifakara)


About Stephen Hoffman

Stephen L. Hoffman MD, DTMH, DSc (hon), FASTMH, FIDSA, FAAAS, FAAM, CAPT, MC, USN (RET)
Chief Executive and Scientific Officer Sanaria Inc.

Dr. Hoffman has over 30 years of experience building and managing large, successful research and development programs. From 1987-2001 he was malaria program director, Naval Medical Research Center, where his team were leaders in subunit malaria vaccine development and sequencing the Plasmodium falciparum genome and published the first studies in the world showing DNA vaccines elicited killer T cells in humans. In 2001 he joined Celera Genomics as Sr. VP biologics and created a program to utilize genomics and proteomics to produce biopharmaceuticals, begin the field of personalized (precision) medicine, and sequence the genome of the mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. He has held several professorships, chairs or serves on multiple advisory boards, is past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, authored > 465 scientific publications, and has > 60 patents. He is the most highly cited author in the world for scientific papers on malaria published between 1995 and 2005, was listed as the third most influential person in the world vaccine industry in 2015 when he received the Vaccine Industry Excellence Award for Best Biotech CEO. He received his BA from Penn, MD from Cornell, and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and did residency training at UC San Diego. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine in 2004, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2016.

(Left to right) Hoffman getting an experimental malaria vaccine at Walter Reed; on a motorcycle in Bali with his son Alexander, now Sanaria’s general counsel; and on an African safari with his wife and collaborator, Kim Lee Sim. Photographs courtesy of Stephen Hoffman.