A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials.
Many of these diseases cause tremendous suffering and death – yet there’s still a lack of effective tools to diagnose, treat, and prevent them.
With all the attention focussed on combating the spread of COVID-19 it’s easy to forget the other health challenges that could affect us all.
When they suck your blood they can leave behind the parasite that causes sleeping sickness.
Patrick Robert/Sygma via Getty Images
This insect’s unique reproductive biology could lead to new ways to control the species in the environment – and prevent the deadly sleeping sickness it spreads to people.
A father reads to his son while sitting under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes have undergone evolutionary changes due to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.
Georgina Goodwin and Vestergaard Frandsen
Although there have been global efforts to eliminate parasites, some parasites and vectors will have survived attack because they have evolved resistance.
Popular characters such as Sleeping Beauty illustrate our enduring interest in tales of people who sleep continuously or cannot stay awake.
Perhaps because we all need sleep, we have an enduring interest in sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, which causes a constant irrepressible need for sleep.
Modern cattle in Kenya.
Steven Goldstein, Washington University St. Louis
New research upends the previous theory that tsetse flies – and the disease they carry – were the main reason the spread of livestock domestication in Africa stalled out for a thousand years.
A pregnant female tsetse fly.
Geoffrey M. Attardo
After a decade of research, an international team decoded the genes of the tsetse fly – the transmitter of trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness. Human trypanosomiasis is a widespread tropical disease…
More neglected than ever.
Since mid-December the nascent South Sudanese state has collapsed into inter-ethnic violence, sparked by a skirmish within the country’s Presidential Guard. At least 1,000 people have been killed and around…