The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic/bacterial diseases that cause substantial morbidity for more than one billion people globally. Affecting the world’s poorest people, NTDs cause severe disability, hinder growth, productivity and cognitive development, and often end in death; children are disproportionately affected. Asia is a NTD hot spot claiming some of the highest infection rates in the world, second only to that of sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately one-third of the world’s parasitic worm infestations occur in this region. Our laboratory focuses on understanding the biology and epidemiology of NTDs caused by parasitic worm infections due to the Schistosoma bloodflukes (schistosomiasis), the Echinococcus (hydatid) tapeworms (echinococcosis) and soil transmitted helminthiases – diseases of the world’s poorest people that result both in major suffering and economic loss.
Our laboratory has research projects suitable for PhD study in:
- schistosomiasis epidemiology, surveillance and response with a focus in China
- schistosomiasis vaccine development/deployment
- epidemiological studies and research to eliminate echinococcosis in China through integrated control approaches
- ‘Magic Glasses’ Asia: Testing a video-based health educational intervention package for its impact on intestinal parasitic worm incidence, knowledge and hygiene behaviour in primary school children in Asia.
This research is supported by project and program grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, UBS Optimus Foundation of Switzerland, The Australian Infectious Disease Centre and the Chinese Government.
- Suitable for PhD students only.