June 5, 2015 | Honors & Awards
Going mobile: UGA grad student to use international fellowship to develop HIV medication reminder
Dr. Jane Mutanga-Mutembo, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been awarded the 2015-2016 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship.
May 21, 2015 | Research News
Tpl2 enzyme may be target for treating autoimmune diseases
New research at the University of Georgia has found that the presence of Tpl2—an enzyme that regulates inflammation—controls the activation of T cells during colitis, an autoimmune disease that occurs when the inner lining of the colon is inflamed.
May 18, 2015 | Research News
UGA study pinpoints the likeliest rodent sources of future human infectious diseases
Researchers at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans. Their study, which includes maps showing potential future disease hot spots, appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
May 15, 2015 | Events on Campus
UGA to host international conference on ecology, evolution of infectious diseases
More than 350 scientists from around the world will gather in Athens from May 26-29 when the University of Georgia hosts the 13th annual Conference on the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases.
May 14, 2015 | Research News
UGA research finds geckos resistant to antibiotics, may pose risk to pet owners
Tokay geckos harbor bacteria that are resistant to a number of antibiotics, making them a health concern for pet owners, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers.
March 27, 2015 | Events on Campus
President’s Malaria Initiative coordinator to speak April 14 at UGA
Rear Adm. R. Timothy Ziemer oversaw the reduction of worldwide malaria deaths by 40 percent over the last decade as the U.S. global malaria coordinator. He will speak on the malaria fight April 14 at 4 p.m. in Masters Hall of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
March 9, 2015 | Research News
UGA study finds norovirus symptoms last an average of 44 hours
Norovirus infections—sometimes known as the stomach flu—typically last for the same amount of time, independent of age or the type of norovirus a person is infected with, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Public Health, Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the journal Epidemiology and Infection.
February 24, 2015 | Research News
UGA researchers discover new clues for treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Researchers at the University of Georgia have identified a previously unknown process that many bacteria, including those that cause disease in humans, use to survive. Their discovery could lead to new therapies for bacterial infections like MRSA and tuberculosis that are resistant to current antibiotic treatments.
February 19, 2015 | Research News
UGA researchers discover potential treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a new small molecule drug that may serve as a treatment against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, a form of the disease that cannot be cured with conventional therapies. They describe their findings in a paper published recently in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters.
January 28, 2015 | Research News
UGA researchers to develop new treatment for Chagas disease
University of Georgia researchers in collaboration with Anacor Pharmaceuticals have received a $5.3 million grant from the Wellcome Trust to develop a new drug for the treatment of Chagas disease, which they hope will be ready to enter clinical trials by 2016.
January 26, 2015 | Research News
Beating the clock: UGA researchers develop new treatment for rabies
Successfully treating rabies can be a race against the clock. Those who suffer a bite from a rabid animal have a brief window of time to seek medical help before the virus takes root in the central nervous system, at which point the disease is almost invariably fatal.
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.