Special Issue "Recent Advances in Malaria Diagnosis"

A special issue of Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418). This special issue belongs to the section "Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Weng Kung Peng
Guest Editor
Precision Medicine – Engineering Group, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
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Dr. Maria Isabel Veiga
Guest Editor
Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Medicine, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: malaria; Plasmodium falciparum; antimalarial drugs; resistance; epidemiology; diagnostics; molecular markers; hemozoin; drug transporters

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of Diagnostics, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript to our Special Issue entitled “Recent Advances in Malaria Diagnosis”.

Malaria is a major public health concern which continues to claim the lives of more than 435,000 people each year. The challenges with antimalarial drug resistance and detection of low parasitaemia form an immediate barrier to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ending malaria epidemics by the fast-approaching deadline of 2030. With the increasing human mobility (e.g., travel, migration), the threat of resurgence in traditionally non-endemic countries (e.g., United States, Europe) remains high.

This Special Issue discusses the recent advances of emerging technologies/methodologies in malaria diagnostics. Submissions can be original research articles, reviews, or commentaries/perspectives.

Dr. Weng Kung Peng
Dr. Maria Isabel Veiga
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diagnostics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Malaria
  • Diagnostic
  • Asymptomatic
  • Sensitive
  • Specific

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Name: Amine El Moutaouakil
EMail: [email protected]
Tentative Title: Graphene device for Malaria diagnostics

Name: Michael Oluwaseun Dada
EMail: [email protected]
Tentative Title: Computational Approaches to Malaria Diagnostics Using Bloch NMR Flow Equation and Machine Learning

Name: Andre Alves
EMail: [email protected]
Tentative Title: Probing into hemozoin

Name: Maria Isabel Veiga
EMail: [email protected]
Tentative Title:

Name: Michael Oluwaseun Dada
EMail: [email protected]
Tentative Title: an review paper

Name: Purushottam Joshi; Weng Kung Peng
EMail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Tentative Title: Superparamagnetism in hemozoin – One too many, or double-edged sword? From technology to field test
Abstract: The identification hemozoin during Plasmodioum growth cycle present a unique opportunities as biomarkers for (rapid) diagnosis and plays vital role in the discovery of anti-malarial drugs. Hemozoin an inorganic nanocrytallines rich in magnetism and optical properties, in which magnetic-based technologies (e.g., nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry), and optical-based technologies (e.g., magnetic deposition microscopy, third harmonic generation imaging, fluorescent study of cell microarray chips and photoacoustic flowmeter). More advances techniques which include the combinatory properties is the magneto-optical detection using polarized light. In this review paper we critically reviewed the recent advances in technologies developed for malaria diagnosis based on magnetic and optical properties of hemozoin. We present (dis)advantages and opportunities/challenges to speed up the process of technology demonstration and actual field implementation.

Name: Ulrika Morris; Berit Aydin Schmidt
EMail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Tentative title: The point of care and field applicability of Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) for malaria diagnostics

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