Reporting on Another “L” Disease

June 13th, 2018|Blog|

When I write, it's often about leprosy, but there's another "L" disease that deserves attention: leishmaniaisis, caused by the bite of a sandfly. Like leprosy, it's categorized by the World Health Organization as a neglected tropical disease or NTD. Together, the [...]

Time for Summer (Science) Reading!

May 22nd, 2018|Blog|

With Memorial Day here, summer is just around the corner. It’s time to kick back, enjoy the sunbreaks and read! We polled IDRI to see what people are reading (and what they’d recommend) from the science perspective. Chris Fox recommends “The [...]

The World’s Most Dangerous Creature

April 25th, 2018|Blog|

When asked about the deadliest creatures in the world, thoughts often turn to sharks, snakes or even lions. But the list is topped by a tiny, buzzing insect that packs a powerful punch: the mosquito, which transmits parasites that cause [...]

Dan Stinchcomb: The Passing of a Global Health Leader

March 14th, 2018|Blog|

The world lost a tremendous advocate for global health with the passing of Dan Stinchcomb, PhD, IDRI’s Chief Scientific Officer, who died Feb. 21 after a brief illness. In a short time, he made a tremendous impact on IDRI’s work [...]

Here’s One Thing to Do on Sunday

January 26th, 2018|Blog|

As World Leprosy Day rolls around this year on Sunday, Jan. 28, we have much to be excited about from the scientific standpoint. In October, IDRI announced that our promising leprosy vaccine candidate – the first vaccine developed specifically for [...]

IDRI’s 6th annual Geek Gift Guide

December 6th, 2017|Blog|

The clock is ticking; the pressure is on. It’s time to buy holiday gifts! The question is: what are you going to get your favorite geek? As a scientific organization, IDRI is full of self-proclaimed geeks who have a few [...]

TB and Antimicrobial Resistance Go Hand-in-Hand

November 13th, 2017|Blog|

Every year the World Health Organization releases its global report on tuberculosis. For the past few years, this has provided sobering reading. Tuberculosis is the biggest killer among infectious diseases, surpassing both AIDS and malaria. In 2016, there were 1.7 [...]

Hurricane Harvey Highlights Need for Vaccines

August 31st, 2017|Blog|

When a natural disaster – like Hurricane Harvey – hits, one of the immediate effects is often flooding. As waters rise, people and animals are in danger and become displaced. With the onslaught of rain during Harvey, contact with water [...]

Chagas Disease: The Kiss of Death?

August 9th, 2017|Blog|

It’s sometimes called “the kiss of death.” American trypanosomiasis, more commonly known as Chagas disease, is classified as one of the 10 most important neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s caused by the bite of a [...]

True Detective: Diagnosing the Hard to Detect

July 11th, 2017|Blog|

Over the years, IDRI has developed expertise in diagnosing the hard to detect – from leprosy, which was determined based on hard-to-recognize clinical symptoms, to leishmaniasis, which previously utilized painful procedures including aspirating liver or spleen tissue. Malaria also has [...]

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