February 19, 2013 | Research News
New rabies vaccine could reduce cost, risk
Researchers at the University of Georgia used a common dog disease-canine parainfluenza-to build a new vaccine to protect humans and animals from the rabies virus. Developers hope the new treatment will reduce costs and increase accessibility to a vaccine for a disease that currently kills 55,000 people a year, according to the World Health Organization.
January 22, 2013 | Research News
UGA awarded $1.1 million to speed detection of emerging flu strains
The words "laser beam" often conjure up images of high-powered energy weapons or concert light shows, but lasers have many other applications and fighting the deadliest types of flu may soon be added to the list.
January 17, 2013 | Events on Campus
Malaria expert to deliver Ritter lecture at UGA
A leading researcher on Plasmodium falciparum-the causative agent of the most severe form of malaria in humans-will share his insights at the annual Ritter Lecture Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. in room 404B of the biological sciences building at the University of Georgia.
January 17, 2013 | Research News
Fighting sleep: UGA discovery may lead to new treatments for deadly sleeping sickness
While its common name may make it sound almost whimsical, sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis, is in reality a potentially fatal parasitic infection that has ravaged populations in sub-Saharan Africa for decades, and it continues to infect thousands of people every year.
January 15, 2013 | Events on Campus
AIDS expert to speak at ‘Voices from the Vanguard’ series
Dr. José Esparza, an internationally recognized expert on HIV and AIDS, vaccine development and global health, will discuss his search for an AIDS vaccine as part of the "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture series Feb. 11 in the University of Georgia Chapel.
January 8, 2013 | Research News
Parasitic worms may help treat diseases associated with obesity
On the list of undesirable medical conditions, a parasitic worm infection surely ranks fairly high. Although modern pharmaceuticals have made them less of a threat in some areas, these organisms are still a major cause of disease and disability throughout much of the developing world.
December 12, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers find algal ancestor is key to how deadly pathogens proliferate
Long ago, when life on Earth was in its infancy, a group of small single-celled algae propelled themselves through the vast prehistoric ocean by beating whip like tails called flagella. It's a relatively unremarkable tale, except that now, more than 800 million years later, these organisms have evolved into parasites that threaten human health, and their algal past in the ocean may be the key to stopping them.
November 27, 2012 | General News
Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at UGA-Gwinnett Campus
Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt-the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 92,000 individuals lost to AIDS-will be on view through Dec. 4 at the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville.
November 27, 2012 | Research News
Man’s best friend: Common canine virus may lead to new vaccines for deadly human diseases
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a virus commonly found in dogs may serve as the foundation for the next great breakthrough in human vaccine development.
November 21, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers to develop new diagnostic test for deadly parasitic disease
Researchers at the University of Georgia will soon begin a study designed to identify new ways of determining treatment efficacy in Chagas disease, a potentially fatal tropical disease that infects approximately 8 million people worldwide and is the leading parasitic killer in the Americas.
November 20, 2012 | Research News
Ecologists at UGA link evolution to the speed of rabies virus emergence in new bat species
The number of genetic mutations that follow host shifts in rabies virus impacts the speed of disease emergence in new host species, according to new research by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
November 19, 2012 | Research News
UGA partners with Emory, Georgia Tech and CDC Foundation on malaria research center
The University of Georgia, an internationally recognized leader in tropical and emerging global diseases and bioinformatics, will partner with other Georgia institutions to establish a comprehensive center that will study the systems biology of nonhuman primate and human malaria.
November 8, 2012 | Research News
People with natural immunity to HIV may serve as basis for new vaccine
Despite urgent need and tremendous scientific effort, researchers have yet to discover a vaccine for HIV that adequately protects humans from infection. But some people don't need one. For reasons not completely understood, there are individuals who have developed a natural immunity to the virus without any medical intervention.
October 25, 2012 | Research News
Tamiflu doesn’t offer relief promised, says UGA study
For the nearly 62 million Americans infected with influenza each year, oseltamivir, commonly called Tamiflu, promises to offer relief. New research from the University of Georgia finds the medication may not have all of the benefits flu sufferers and doctors are hoping for.
October 24, 2012 | General News
Growing “braaains”: New UGA seminar uses zombies to teach about infectious diseases
Ah, the humble zombie, bereft of all emotion save for an insatiable lust for human flesh. These nightmarish ghouls have recently gone from horror movie cannon fodder to virtual pop icons, shuffling and groaning their way onto television shows, novels, video games and toy markets. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have gotten in on the fun with its own tongue-in-cheek Web page dedicated to educating the public about zombie preparedness.