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Parasitic Worms: Life Stories is a Course

Parasitic Worms: Life Stories

Ended Apr 8, 2019

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Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 25 - Apr 8, 2019


6 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are extraordinarily common, infecting a large proportion of the world's population. The diseases are neglected because they affect the poorest people on the planet; because wealthy countries are largely unaffected; because they are fundamentally difficult to research; and because they tend to cause ill-health rather than death. NTDs include the diseases caused by the parasitic worms whipworm, hookworm, schistosomes, tapeworms, roundworms and guinea worm. Education has a key role to play in reducing the prevalence and associated ill health caused by these worms. This course describes the six parasitic worms in detail and explains how we get infected.


  • You will be able to describe six common parasitic worms in terms of their life cycles, how common they are and where they exist.
  • You will be able to describe the main symptoms of disease caused by each worm, and main control strategies.
  • You will be able to describe the routes of infection and discuss possible approaches to prevent infection.

Target Audience: Lifelong learners and communities living in areas of the world where parasitic worms are endemic.

Course is offered by the University of Manchester.

Course Instructors

Kathryn Else

Kathryn Else


Kathryn gained her PhD in immunity to Trichuriasis in 1989 at the University of Nottingham. She pursued her interest in neglected tropical diseases, and specifically whipworm infection at the University of Manchester, as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. Read More.

She is currently a Professor of Immunology at Manchester where she leads a research group exploring aspects of host-parasite interactions and teaches parasitology and advanced parasitology to second and third year undergraduate students.

Chloe Agius


Chloe is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Manchester. She has specialised in parasitology during their time at the University.