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 [...]

IDRI’s 5th Annual Gift Guide for Geeks

December 19th, 2016|Blog|

Haven’t had time to shop for a holiday gift for the geek on your list? Never fear – IDRI scientists have stepped in again to help you find the perfect present for your favorite geek. We’re pleased to share with [...]

The Role of a Mentor: Paying It Forward

December 6th, 2016|Blog|

As a young girl growing up in Trinidad, it was easy to fall through the cracks. At a time when boys were encouraged to pursue science and girls were politely pushed in other directions, I could have easily missed out [...]

The Role Rainier Beer Played in IDRI’s Founding

August 22nd, 2016|Blog|

NOTE: This month, IDRI is celebrating its 23rd anniversary. The photo below shows founder Steve Reed, with a small sign pointing to the original IDRI site, sandwiched between a video store and a pizza joint on Nickerson Street in Seattle. [...]

The Brexit Impact on Science

July 1st, 2016|Blog|

I don’t normally write about politics, but last week something momentous happened in my home country that intersects with the world of science. It has been a week since the United Kingdom voted in favor of “Brexit” - a surprise result [...]

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