It's always a good idea to keep current with the latest issues and advances in parasitology.
Interesting Current Opinions
- “Malaria: The 500,00 Year Old ‘Fever’ That Won’t Die” interview with Sonia Shah, NPR's Fresh Air from WHYY, July 20, 2010.
- Does Focus on Bed Nets Tangle Malaria Message? by Jaclyn Schiff, Shots: NPR's Health Blog, May 6, 2010
- Cutting Trees in the Amazon Triggers a Jump in Malaria by Chao Deng, Shots: NPR's Health Blog, June 16, 2010
- Modern Humans Wore Clothing Way Back (body lice as a parasite) by Thomas Maugh II, Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2011
Web Sites Relevant to Parasitology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Parasites
"For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people."
Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
"The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is an advocacy initiative dedicated to raising the awareness, political will, and funding necessary to control and eliminate the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)--a group of disabling, disfiguring, and deadly diseases affecting more than 1.4 billion people worldwide living on less than $1.25 a day."
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO has a variety of programs for parasites, neglected tropical or zoonotic diseases, and public health. "WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends."
"The Carter Center ... was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy and human rights; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production."
The American Society of Parasitologists
"The American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) is a diverse group of over 1500 scientists from industry, government, and academia who are interested in the study and teaching of Parasitology. Founded in 1924, ASP members have contributed not only to the development of parasitology as a discipline, but also to primary research in systematics, medicine, molecular biology, immunology, physiology, ecology, biochemistry, behavior, and more."
Key Journals / book series
Advances in Parasitology (print book series)
QH 547 .A244, Hesburgh Library general collection
"The policy of the editors of Advances in Parasitology is to include reviews from any aspect of parasitology, and the high standard of individual papers have resulted in this series of volumes becoming an indispensable source for students, teachers, and research workers."
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
"PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases is the first open-access journal devoted to the world's most neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), such as elephantiasis, river blindness, leprosy, hookworm, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The journal publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed research on all scientific, medical, and public-health aspects of these forgotten diseases affecting the world's forgotten people."
Trends in Parasitology (Cell Press)
"The urgency of the need to control devastating disease motivates current research in parasitology within a diversity of disciplines from molecular biology to ecology. Trends in Parasitology aims to provide a point of access for communication between workers in all disciplines, both in the field and laboratory. Trends in Parasitology has become a highly regarded review journal of international importance. This reflects the truly global significance of medical and veterinary parasites."
Here are two general biology/science journals you might also want to browse:
"Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions."
"The world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary."