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Honorary Degree Recipient Receives Nobel Prize for work with Ivermection

Dr. William C. Campbell, D.Sc.'07, (pictured at right with Professor Roger Prichard at Macdonald Convocation in 2007) is the co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Together with Dr. Satoshi Omura, Dr. Campbell was honoured for discovering “therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases.” They discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases.

William Campbell received an Honorary Degree at Macdonald in May of 2007.

Read news release. Read Nobel Prize Committee Press Release. Read Dr. Campbell's Convocation Address.


The Institute of Parasitology is one of the oldest recognized centres of interdisciplinary research in Canada. We focus on parasitic organisms, the relationship with their host and the means to limit the impact of parasitic disease on heath and wellbeing.

The Institute of Parasitology is part of the Quebec Centre for Host Parasite Interaction (CHPI), funded by the FQRNT régroupement strategique program and is one of the longest standing research centres of its type, beginning in 1973. The CHPI supports the interaction of more than 30 research labs throughout Quebec that focus on parasite research.

The Institute maintains a close working relationship with the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases, the McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance, the Montreal General Hospital Research Clinic, the Faculties of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, and Science of McGill University. 

We host an active Graduate Research program with students from Canada and around the world at the MSc and PhD level. An MSc degree typically can be completed in 2 years and a PhD in 5 years. Students wishing to apply for a graduate student position should review the information on our programs and the application procedures here.

Visit the different sections of the website to find information on our Research Labs, Graduate Application procedures, our weekly Seminar Series, our Research Facilities and Equipment and more ...

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Institute of Parasitology
Macdonald Campus
McGill University
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste Anne de Bellevue
H9X 3V9

Tel: (514) 398-7722

Fax: (514) 398-7857


Graduate Student Positions

Jeff Xia Two positions are available for highly motivated students who are interested in pursuing Master or PhD degrees in the areas of bioinformatics and molecular parasitology. Please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references tojeff [dot] xia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Graduate%20Student%20Position) ( Jeff Xia)