July 20, 2012 | Research News
UGA researcher honored for life sciences research
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Daniel Colley has been awarded the 2012 Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist Award for his research in tropical medicine and parasitology. Colley has focused for more than 40 years on the immunology of schistosomiasis, a debilitating chronic worm disease that affects 240 million people worldwide, most in the developing world.
July 19, 2012 | Research News
Overuse of deworming drugs led to widespread resistance among parasites
A long forgotten foe is beginning to reemerge on pastures and meadows around the world, and farmers are finding that they have no way to combat it. Parasitic worms infecting cows, sheep, goats and horses are becoming resistant to the drugs used to kill them, and if changes are not made in how the few remaining drugs that still work are used, there may be no way left to fight the growing threat, according to Ray Kaplan, a University of Georgia professor in the department of infectious diseases.
June 15, 2012 | Research News
UGA study may lead to more effective rabies control strategies
A new study of rabies in vampire bats in Peru has found that culling bats—a common rabies control strategy—does not reduce rates of rabies exposure in bat colonies and may even be counterproductive. The findings may eventually help public health and agriculture officials in Peru develop more effective methods for preventing rabies infections in humans and livestock. The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on June 13, was conducted by a team of scientists from the U.S. and Peru led by Daniel Streicker, a postdoctoral associate in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology.
June 13, 2012 | Research News
UGA researcher developing new vaccine to fight resurging mumps virus
Mumps may seem like a disease of a bygone era to many people in the U.S. who, thanks to immunization programs, have been spared the fever, aches and characteristic swollen jawline of the once common viral infection. Biao He, a University of Georgia professor of infectious diseases and a Georgia Research Alliance distinguished investigator in the College of Veterinary Medicine, worries that a new strain of the virus is spreading, and it could lead to the widespread reintroduction of mumps. Now, thanks in part a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, He and his team are working on a new vaccine to stop it.
June 5, 2012 | Research News
UGA researcher receives NSF CAREER Award to study evolution of cellular signaling
When people don't communicate effectively, relationships suffer and entire organizations can fail. When cells don't communicate effectively, disease and sometimes death follows.
May 18, 2012 | Research News
Hitting parasites where they hurt: New research shows promise in the fight against toxoplasmosis
Toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world. In the U.S. it is estimated that more than 22 percent of the population 12 years and older have been infected with toxoplasma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
May 18, 2012 | Research News
Hitting snooze on the molecular clock: Rabies evolves slower in hibernating bats
The rate at which the rabies virus evolves in bats may depend heavily upon the ecological traits of its hosts, according to researchers at the University of Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Their study, published May 17 in the journal PLoS Pathogens, found that the host's geographical location was the most accurate predictor of the viral rate of evolution. Rabies viruses in tropical and sub-tropical bat species evolved nearly four times faster than viral variants in bats in temperate regions.
May 10, 2012 | Research News
Malaria discoveries could pave way for new therapies
Half the world's population is at risk for contracting malaria. The deadly disease, spread by hungry mosquitoes that bite humans for their blood meals, affects more than 200 million people each year, and many people-mostly children-die.
May 1, 2012 | Research News
UGA researcher receives $2.82 million grant to track tuberculosis transmissions in Africa
Christopher Whalen, the Ernest Corn Professor of Epidemiology in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has received a five-year, $2.82 million grant to understand how tuberculosis is transmitted in urban environments in Africa.
April 9, 2012 | Research News
Black flies may have a purpose after all
Black flies drink blood and spread disease such as river blindness-creating misery with their presence. A University of Georgia study, however, proves that the pesky insects can be useful.
April 6, 2012 | Events on Campus
UGA Voices lecture series concludes with wildlife’s role in health pandemics
An international ecology expert with a passion for wildlife and life in the bush will deliver this year's final Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture on April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel.
March 26, 2012 | Events on Campus
One Health mini-symposium to focus on climate change, infectious disease
On April 3, experts from the University of Georgia, Emory University and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom will spend the afternoon sharing their One Health perspectives on how a changing climate might impact the incidence of infectious diseases in both people and animals around the globe.
March 16, 2012 | Events on Campus
African meningitis enemy is next UGA Voices lecturer
A public health visionary who has spent the past 10 years developing an effective and inexpensive meningitis vaccine for Africa will deliver the next Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture on March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel.
February 16, 2012 | Research News
UGA animal vaccine may slow deadly spread of Chagas disease
Chagas disease is the single most common cause of congestive heart failure and sudden death in the world. The devastating parasitic infection affects millions of people throughout Central and South America. But as global travel increases, it's becoming a greater threat in the United States and Europe as well.
February 15, 2012 | Events on Campus
Leading cause of blindness topic of next UGA Voices Lecture
Trachoma starts off looking like ordinary pink eye or conjunctivitis. But left untreated, this bacterial infection causes eyes to ooze, lids to swell and sometimes turn inside out, and leads to permanent scarring that blinds millions of people every year.