Campus News

Defeating disease

Their foe is tiny, but their charge is huge: controlling, and eventually eliminating schistosomiasis, a debilitating disease caused by flatworms that affects more than 200 million people worldwide. Partners in the Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation came from around the globe to the University of Georgia for a four-day meeting late last month to forge consensus on carrying out their charge over the next four years. Funded by an $18.7 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Georgia Research Foundation, SCORE aims to develop and evaluate treatment strategies and tools that can be used by partner countries to defeat the disease, which is second only to malaria as the most devastating parasitic disease in tropical countries.