‘DeWorm3’ has a new collection in PLOS NTDs on interrupting transmission of soil transmitted helminths (STH)

The DeWorm3 collection provides evidence and methods within the STH elimination landscape.

Breaking the transmission of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections may require community-wide mass drug administration (MDA) over the standard approach targeted at pre-school and school age children, according to ongoing research presented as part of the DeWorm3 Project, led by the Natural History Museum in London.

Judd Walson, Principal Investigator of the DeWorm3 Project and Associate Professor at the University of Washington (USA), together with colleagues from DeWorm3 global partner network, present a PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases collection focused on interrupting the transmission of soil transmitted helminths (STH). The collection provides new evidence regarding the scientific rationale for transmission interruption, epidemiological background information, feasibility modelling, and new methodological approaches that could be applied in areas where STH targets have transitioned from control to elimination.

The full collection can be accessed here http://collections.plos.org/deworm3

Find out more about DeWorm3 at NHM: www.nhm.ac.uk/deworm3

Resources available from ‘Silent Signal’, a biomedical science communication project

Silent Signal is a Wellcome-Trust-funded biomedical science communication project. As part of the project’s legacy, a bank of free resources is available for those working in STEM outreach and education.

All the activities are curriculum linked, free to download and available to everyone.  The resources complement six digital films, covering a wide range of biomedical themes that are applicable to parasitology. In particular AfterGlow deals with Malaria and Battle of Blister deals with inflammation, while Immune Craft explores immune learning, function and memory.  The activities include curiosity-driven tabletop exercises to introduce the topics and promote informal learning, and then a lead discussion to promote debate into the cultural, societal and ethical considerations of biomedical research.

All the project information can be found at silentsignal.org and the educational resources can be found here.