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Number 17 Spring 2009 UUGGAA CCAAPPSSUULLEE
 

Summary: Number 17 Spring 2009
UUGGAA CCAAPPSSUULLEE
DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
Dan Colley to direct $18.7 million grant to combat schistosomiasis
Microbiologist and Immunologist Dan Colley has researched the
tropical disease schistosomiasis for almost 40 years; now he will
use all his experience to direct the third largest grant in the
history of UGA to thwart this debilitating and sometimes deadly
disease. The parasitic disease affects over 200 million people
around the world and is caused by several species of flatworms
of the genus Schistosoma. The disease is most common in
Africa and to a lesser extent in Asia and South America. The
worms damage internal organs and impair physical and
cognitive development in children. The grant was awarded from
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of their Global
Health initiative. The award is designed to explore the best
ways to identify, control, and perhaps eliminate the disease. The research is broad-based and
designed to not only answer strategic questions concerning the ways to most efficiently control
schistosomiasis, but to ensure future control programs focus on efficiency, efficacy, and
sustainability. The work is expected to provide critical tools to permit control of the disease in

  

Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

 

Collections: Biotechnology