Parasites and Us: Eradicating tropical diseases


Public symposium to examine impact of parasitology on the human condition

The McGill Institute of Parasitology is pleased to host Parasites and Us, a symposium marking the Institute’s 75th anniversary. Internationally respected parasitologist Peter Hotez of George Washington University will deliver the public lecture, ‘The Neglected Tropical Diseases: Prospects for their Control’. Professor Hotez’s research on eradicating hookworm, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) was recently published in the journal The Scientist. At least one billion people — one sixth of the world’s population — suffer from one or more NTDs, at least 200 million of them from hookworm. Found mostly in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and other parts of the developing world, these diseases take an enormous economic and social toll.

What: Public symposium: Parasites and Us

When: August 10, 2007, 2 p.m.

Where: McGill University, Macdonald Campus Raymond Building, Room R2.046

McGill Professor Brian Ward, National Reference Centre for Parasitology, will address tropical medicine and the impact of travel on the spread of infectious diseases in the 21st century. Professor Marilyn Scott, Institute of Parasitology, will address issues of multiple infections and the complex interactions between hosts and parasites.

On the Web:
Institute of Parasitology
Hotez piece/The Scientist

Contact Information

Cynthia Lee
McGill University
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