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MSU researcher awarded $2 million to tackle parasitic tropical diseases
Date:2/4/2010

he World Health Organization's goal of eradicating filarial diseases a reality."

MSU, Washington University, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and McGill University in Montreal are all working on projects with funding from the grant and together form the Filariasis University Consortium. In addition to the work Mackenzie is doing at MSU with cooperation from McGill, the overall grant will fund two other projects:

*Researchers at Washington University will test the costs and benefits of twice-yearly mass drug administration versus the currently standard annual treatment. The project will include two regions in equatorial Africa where persons with lymphatic filariasis also may be infected with another filarial worm that previously prevented mass drug administration programs from occurring. MSU along with its Tanzanian colleagues will be part of these field trials.

*Scientists at Case Western will conduct two clinical trials of different treatments for lymphatic filariasis and one trial of new treatments for onchocerciasis. The scientists will take existing drugs and give them in different doses and combinations to see if they are more effective than current treatments.


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Contact: Jason Cody
codyja@msu.edu
517-432-0924
Michigan State University
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