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Parasitic Worms: Life Stories

Started Feb 27, 2017

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Course Date:

Feb 27 - Apr 3, 2017


5 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:





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 and roundworms. Education has a key role to play in reducing the prevalence and associated ill health caused by these worms. This course describes the five parasitic worms in detail and explains how we get infected.


  • To gain an understanding of how each parasitic worm infects people.
  • To understand how infection can be prevented.
  • To explore the global health importance of each parasite.

Target Audience: General public; communities living in areas where parasites are common; people interested in global health.

Course is offered by the University of Manchester.

Course Instructors

Kathryn Else

Kathryn Else


Kathryn earned her Ph.D. in immunity to the gut dwelling parasitic worm Trichuris (whipworm) in 1989 at the University of Nottingham. She pursued her interest in Neglected Tropical Diseases, and specifically whipworm infection at the University of Manchester and 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.

Emma Kate Daniel

Emma Maynard, Kate Assheton and Daniel Courchee


Emma, Kate and Danny are current or previous, final year undergraduate students at the University of Manchester. All have specialised in parasitology during their time studying at Manchester.