Tuesday, January 25, 2011

$1 M grant to McGill scientist for parasite fight

CBCNews.ca, Monday, January 24, 2011:

Parasitic disease treatment research received a $1-million Canadian grant on Monday aimed at tackling the serious global health issue.

McGill University scientist Timothy Geary's investigation focus on parasitic worms, or helminths, which live inside the body.

Geary is working with African scientists in Cape Town and Botswana to conduct the research.

More than 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the world's population, suffer from so-called neglected tropical diseases.

Some of the diseases are considered neglected because the victims lack a political voice and rarely affect travellers, according to the World Health Organization.

The diseases cause disfigurement, disability and death in the developing world. Read more>>

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