Tag: parasites

Horse and donkey sleeping sickness: investigating equine central nervous system trypanosomosis in The Gambia

It is hard to envisage the world without technology, one in which we are still reliant on working animals for transport and agriculture. Yet, in those parts of the Global South where mechanisation is largely absent, millions of horses and donkeys remain heavily relied upon. However, across Sub-Saharan Africa an unrelenting parasitic disease—trypanosomosis—besets these working animals, with a particularly severe […]

Where the wild things are

Parasitic diseases represent a pressing issue for human health and conservation. While lab studies have provided exquisite detail on host-parasite interactions they often lack whole organism or ecological context. Here Paulina Pontifes, a recent graduate from our Masters programme in Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology introduces us to the emerging field of wild immunology and tells us why […]

Episode 28 – At war with worms: an interview with nematode parasitologist Collette Britton

Globally around one billion people are infected by parasitic nematodes, and their impact on livestock can be devastating. For millennia, parasites and hosts have been locked in an evolutionary war, an arms race with ever changing goal posts. However, scientists are using modern technology to bring new weapons to the fore. Here, Naturally Speaker James Burgon talks to Dr Collette […]

The path of most resistance

Lurking in the digestive tracts of grazing livestock, parasitic nematodes exact a brutal toll on agriculture. For a long time they have been treated and controlled with a group of drugs known as anthelmintics. However, many of these drugs no longer work effectively because the parasites have developed resistance to them. Here, post-doctoral researcher Dr Roz Laing tells us about […]

Episode 19 – Ecology of Ageing and Immunity, Interview with Mark Haussmann and Simon Babayan

In this instalment of Naturally Speaking Shorts we present a double-interview as Shaun Killen chats with Prof Mark Haussmann (Bucknell University) and Dr Simon Babayan (University of Glasgow). Mark studies the physiological and ecological factors underlying ageing in animals, while Simon studies how ecology interacts with the mechanics of the immune system in wild and laboratory animals. Why do some animal […]