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Five reasons the world needs parasitologists and parasitology

Recently, hundreds of research scientists gathered at Imperial College in London (my alma mater)  to share knowledge and discuss research outputs, ideas and opportunities.  Yes, it was time for the Annual Spring Meeting of the British Society for Parasitology*. For the duration of the conference, each person identified themselves with the discipline of parasitology, and…

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Tropical worms: they infect a third of the planet so why aren’t we doing more?

Mark Booth, Durham University Several years ago the international health community wanted to raise global awareness about several dozen afflictions that had previously been neglected in favour of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Scientists coined the term neglected tropical diseases to cover everything from sleeping sickness to dengue fever to leprosy, but by far the most prevalent…

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Why evolution must be at the centre of fighting parasitic infections

Why evolution must be at the centre of fighting parasitic infections Mark Booth, Durham University Neglected tropical diseases and other parasitic infections such as malaria affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the tropics and sub-tropics. Each year more than 200 million cases of malaria are recorded across the globe. In total,…

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Epidemiology Without Borders

What does this mean, you ask? I put this as the banner photo on my twitter feed @drmarkbooth to make a particular statement about the value that epidemiology offers.  Whenever I say I am epidemiologist it offers some insights into my role as a researcher, but does not indicate the depth or breadth of my…

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My tiny role in the success of a Nobel Prize winning medicine – oh wait, hang on a minute. Wrong parasite.

The 2015 Nobel Prize winners for Medicine has been awarded to the scientists who developed 2 major medicines that are now in widespread use against filarial nematodes and malaria. This award should be widely celebrated. But did you know that there is more to the story of one of the two medicines in the Nobel…

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becoming a transdisciplinarian

I got the idea for this blog after writing a few articles on linked-in and theconversation.com, as well as having undertaken a number of years researching neglected tropical diseases in the, er, tropics. During that time my own thoughts have evolved and I have found many times that significant questions remain after undertaking any one…

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