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Case Western Reserve School of Medicine receives funding for healthy growth research
Date:12/5/2012

fe-threatening disease and interfere with children's ability to respond to life-saving vaccines. Case Western Reserve's research program will determine how parasitic infections in pregnant mothers affect the developing fetal immune system, how this interference is mediated and whether earlier prenatal parasitic treatment can reverse the trend. These studies are crucial to facilitate current global vaccination programs, future vaccine trials and ongoing parasite treatment and control programs.

The program relies on the considerable resources and expertise at Case Western Reserve, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and the Division of Vector Borne and Neglected Diseases of the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. The initiative is based on the group's more than 28 years of collaborative studies in the underserved coast of Kenya, where multiple parasitic infections are endemic.

King is an infectious disease specialist, epidemiologist and senior member of the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve, and the Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation at the University of Georgia. Since 1984, he has been active on parasite control and immunology research in Kenya, and has recently focused on modeling and implementation of advanced programs for schistosomiasis control and elimination. His current research focuses on identifying human and environmental ecological drivers of vector-borne parasite transmission, and the design of more effective, integrated programs for parasite control.


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Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-224-3997
Case Western Reserve University
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