Parasitology Journal seeks Review Articles

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The BSP's partner journal, Parasitology, is soliciting review articles from BSP members. Reviews can be on any topic that interests you within the journal’s broad scope.  If you, or any of your parasitologist colleagues or students, have any ideas, please contact BSP councillor Dr Paul McVeigh, who is on the Editorial Board.  Deadlines are open for discussion; at the initial stage he would need only a prospective title and author.

New photography project: ‘Invisible Asia-Pacific Malaria’

People who live with malaria in the Asia-Pacific are often invisible – a new exhibition of photographs by Pearl Gan introduces us to these invisible people, giving them flesh, blood, feelings, and lives.

Most of us think of malaria as an African problem, a likely consequence of the widespread poverty, geographic isolation, chronic conflicts, and poor economic development of much of that continent. In the Asia-Pacific, in contrast, we have booming economies, hundreds of millions being lifted out of poverty, incredible transportation and telecommunications links, and relative peace and political stability. Among the 20 most powerful national economies in the influential G20, six are in the Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific schools produce students representing nations that consistently fill the top 5 rankings in abilities in mathematics, reading, and science. Despite the long march of extraordinary progress out of regional poverty and conflict, malaria in the Asia-Pacific remains a very significant public health threat and burden. Over 2 billion Asians live at risk of endemic malaria, many tens of millions are infected (perhaps as many as several hundred million) each year and tens of thousands of those do not survive (perhaps as many as several hundred thousand). We cannot be sure of those numbers because the people who live with malaria in the Asia-Pacific are invisible – the most isolated, poor, and voiceless. This exhibition is about them. Pearl Gan’s artistry introduces us to these invisible people, giving them flesh, blood, feelings, and lives.

Prof Kevin Baird, Head of the Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU) Jakarta

The Exhibition will be on from 2 to 29 September 2017 at the National Library Board, 100 Victoria Street S 188064, Singapore. You can email Pearl at asiamalariaimages@gmail.comfor more information

Photos are copyright Pearl Gan in association with Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU), Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU) and The Wellcome Trust.

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The BARC project: join Cardiff University’s Citizen Science Project!

BARC (Bag And Remove Cymru) is a Citizen Science Project, established in 2013 at Cardiff University, focussing on common soil parasites such as Toxocara.

The project aims to:

1) Assess the UK prevalence of common soil parasites, focusing on Toxocara spp. in particular;

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2) Determine whether parasite contamination levels can be reduced by anti-dog fouling campaigns;

3) Increase public awareness of the negative effects of dog fouling on the environment and to mankind.

In 2013 there were 8.5-10 million dogs in the UK, which contributes significantly to the wellbeing of dog owners. These dogs, however, produce about 1,000 tonnes of excrement each day and UK tax payers spend £22 million annually to clean up dog faeces. Humans are at risk of toxocariasis infections if infective eggs are ingested and dog fouling obviously compromises animal health. This is why it is useful to determine the prevalence of Toxocara spp. in the UK and why it is fundamental to increase the public understanding of dog fouling and its links to disease.

If you are interested in learning more about this Citizen Science project or would like to provide us with a soil sample so we can assess the level of Toxocara contamination on your doorstep please visit us here.