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At the Grand Challenges event in Berlin in October 2018, panellists on A Virtuous Cycle: Data Science to Fight Malaria, discussed the issues around increasing the value and use of data in the battle to fight malaria and other infectious diseases. Panellists included moderator, Trevor Mundel (President, Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation); Deirdre Hollingsworth (Senior Group Leader, Big Data Institute, University of Oxford); Chris Murray (Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation); Nicola Mulder (Professor, Head of Computational Biology Group, University of Cape Town); Fredros Okumu (Director of Science, Ifakara Health Institute).