January 22, 2015 | General News
Noted infectious disease researcher Ted Ross to join UGA as GRA Eminent Scholar
One of the nation's leading infectious disease researchers is joining the University of Georgia as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.
January 13, 2015 | Research News
New model predicts Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be ended by June
The Ebola epidemic in Liberia could likely be eliminated by June 2015 if the current high rate of hospitalization and vigilance can be maintained, according to a new model developed by ecologists at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University.
January 13, 2015 | Research News
Gates grant supports UGA’s continued fight against infectious disease
The University of Georgia Research Foundation has received an additional $710,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its research into the elimination of schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions of people throughout most of Africa and some of Asia, the Middle East and the Americas to include studies on control and elimination of intestinal worms that infect almost 2 billion people globally.
January 8, 2015 | Research News
Not a win-win: Treating for worms helps animals survive, then spread infectious diseases
Parasitic worms, which infect millions of people and animals around the world, have been shown to influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa found that de-worming drastically improved an animal's chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis—but with the consequence of increasing the spread of tuberculosis in the population.
January 7, 2015 | Events on Campus
UGA School of Law to host Ebola panel covering domestic and international issues
The University of Georgia School of Law's Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy will host a panel discussion on domestic and international issues relating to the Ebola virus on Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall on North Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
December 18, 2014 | Research News
Building on big data, UPenn and UGA awarded $23.4 million pathogen genomics database contract
A genome database team led by University of Pennsylvania and University of Georgia scientists has been awarded a new contract from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease worth $4.3 million in 2014-2015. Assuming annual renewal, this five-year award is expected to total $23.4 million.
December 15, 2014 | Research News
UGA, Emory collaborate to leverage strengths in infectious disease research
The University of Georgia and Emory University are strengthening their collaborations to elevate the position of the Atlanta-Athens corridor as a national hub for infectious disease research.
November 10, 2014 | Research News
UGA scientists receive $3 million NIH grant to develop infectious disease outbreak warning system
John Drake, an associate professor in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will use a five-year, $3.18 million grant to develop an early warning system that could help public health officials prepare for—and possibly prevent—infectious disease outbreaks.
November 4, 2014 | Research News
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine receives Gates Foundation grant to study norovirus
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ralph A. Tripp, a professor of infectious diseases, will lead a team in pursuit of innovative global health and development research on norovirus.
October 23, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers discover route for potential Chagas disease animal vaccine
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered a new way to direct a vaccine to the parasite that causes Chagas disease, a leading cause of death among young to middle-age adults in areas of South America where it is endemic.
October 16, 2014 | Events on Campus
Journalist from The Washington Post to speak about Ebola crisis
Todd C. Frankel, a reporter with The Washington Post, will discuss the challenges reporters face in covering the emerging Ebola crisis during a talk Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia Chapel.
September 17, 2014 | Research News
ARMC, UGA College of Public Health to host ‘A Conversation about Ebola’ Sept. 25
As awareness spreads and questions continue about recent Ebola outbreaks in Africa, as well as increased focus on the treatment of some patients with the virus in Atlanta, the University of Georgia College of Public Health and Athens Regional Medical Center are partnering to hold a community forum to discuss the infectious disease and any potential local impacts.
September 4, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers to use $1.1 million NIH grant to study drug therapies for elephantiasis
Researchers from the University of Georgia have been awarded a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how two commonly administered drug combinations work to remove larvae from the bloodstream of people infected with lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis.
July 22, 2014 | Research News
New model helps explain how human-provided food resources promote or reduce wildlife disease
Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. University of Georgia ecologists have developed a new mathematical model to tease apart the processes that help explain why. Their research, which has implications for public health and wildlife conservation, appears in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
June 4, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers receive $1.8 million grant to fight deadly parasite
Researchers at the University of Georgia recently received a five-year $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis.