What's eating you?

Date: -
Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

What's eating you? Combating the global threat of parasitic diseases

Parasites are everywhere and are an enormous health burden on people

Speaker: Professor David Rollinson, Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical Laboratories, the Natural History Museum

Friday 18th October 2013, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.

Parasites are everywhere and are an enormous health burden on people, particularly those in poor and remote rural areas. Malaria still accounts for over 660,000 deaths each year and neglected tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, river blindness and soil transmitted helminths threaten at least I billion people. The most heavily infected populations are African and multiple infections are common. The intricacies of parasite life cycles make them difficult to control. The interplay between parasites and their hosts provide remarkable examples of evolution. There is growing optimism that we can control and even eliminate some of the world’s most deadly diseases. The talk will show how international organizations, foundations, governments and pharmaceutical companies are joining forces to improve the lives of the millions of people at risk. An example is the biology and control of schistosomiasis (bilharzia) in sub-Saharan Africa and recent research in Senegal and Zanzibar. The question remains “How can we free the world’s poorest populations from parasitic infections?”

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

INVERTEBRATES AND US – the good the bad and the ugly
Free Lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

Invertebrates provide us with “ecological services” that many take for granted: they pollinate many of our crops, turn waste materials into fertile soil, provide food for birds and other animals, and assist us to control pests. But some invertebrates pose problems: they may themselves be pests in agriculture, or parasites on us. Invertebrates are easily ignored. This lecture series outlines the vital roles that invertebrates play in our lives.

Image: Natural History Museum Picture Library (I)A

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