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 [...]

PhD or No PhD: Two Pathways to Success

June 26th, 2017|Blog|

One of the features of IDRI is the variety of jobs and career paths we have – from operations to quality control to formulations to preclinical work to drug hunting. Each performs a vital role in building an organization able [...]

Mankind vs. Microbes: What Keeps You Up at Night?

June 8th, 2017|Blog|

“I did it to keep you safe.” Lynda Stuart, MD, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shared a memory from her childhood in the Caribbean: After being immunized for BCG (the vaccine given in some part of the world [...]

Leishmaniasis Coming Out of the Shadows

May 31st, 2017|Blog|

Every four years, representatives from across the world come together at World Leish, the World Congress on Leishmaniais. Last week approximately 1,500 delegates from over 70 countries converged upon Toledo, Spain for the 6th iteration of this international conference, which focuses [...]

Dutch Lottery Helps Leprosy Patients in Indonesia

April 11th, 2017|Blog|

Learning about the leprosy project. Who says no long-term good comes out of winning a lottery? In fact, with funding from the Dutch lottery the Netherlands Leprosy Relief organization, now has a project underway in Indonesia to [...]

Celebrating Female Scientists Who Inspire Us

March 8th, 2017|Blog|

Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day and this year saw the launch of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb. 11). Also, this year saw multiple Oscar nominations for Hidden Figures, which celebrates the previously unrecognized [...]

An Orwellian Dystopia and a Terrible Disease

February 3rd, 2017|Blog|

Recent events have led to a large increase in the sales (and possibly reading) of "1984" by George Orwell with his highly charged description of a dystopia set in the future. Orwell wrote a number of books that have remained powerful [...]

Leprosy: Final Steps Remain

January 28th, 2017|Blog|

The road to visit leprosy patients in the Philippines can be arduous. As the last Sunday of the first month of 2017 arrives, World Leprosy Day serves as a reminder that this ‘ancient’ disease still exists. By [...]

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