Yale, Kenyan scientists renew collaboration on tsetse fly research
President Salovey and Serap Aksoy, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, took part in a signing ceremony with the Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization and Kenyan Wildlife Service to continue an existing collaboration in the biomedical sciences in the area of vector biology.
Fogarty supports new infectious disease research training grants
Fogarty has awarded six new grants totaling $5.6 million to support new and ongoing infectious disease research training in five low- and middle-income countries. Funding from Fogarty's Global Infectious Disease Research Training program will enhance the efforts of grantees to build human capacity and conduct research on diseases that are endemic in their home countries. The five-year awards will fund new and ongoing projects in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Kenya and Pakistan.Source: Fogarty International Center
A Scourge of Rural Africa, the Tsetse Fly, is Genetically Deciphered in an International Scientific Collaboration
An international team of researchers led by the Yale School of Public Health has successfully sequenced the genetic code of the tsetse fly, opening the door to scientific breakthroughs that could reduce or end the scourge of African sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa.
Breakthrough discovery opens new avenues for blocking transmission of African sleeping sickness
Scientists at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine have for the first time replicated in a laboratory setting the process of becoming infectious that occurs in the parasite that causes trypanosomiasis, more commonly known as African sleeping sickness.
Looming Health Threat Posed by Invasive Mosquito Species
European countries along the Mediterranean Basin and in other parts of the continent are facing their greatest threat from mosquito-borne diseases in nearly 50 years with the introduction of an invasive, aggressive species from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
How Do You Stop the Tsetse Fly from Transmitting Sleeping Sickness? A Host Protein May Provide the Answer
Human African Trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is one of the deadlier diseases in sub–Saharan Africa. It is caused by the African trypanosome parasite and is transmitted to humans through the bite of a tsetse fly. Few methods currently exist to combat this tropical disease that afflicts tens of thousands of people annually and also attacks livestock, preventing many rural poor from achieving even subsistence–level farming.
Genetic Clues to Sodalis Deepens Knowledge of Bacterial Diseases
By sequencing the genome of the symbiotic bacterium Sodalis, which lives off the major disease-transmitting insect, the tsetse fly, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have come a step closer to understanding how microbial pathogens cause disease.
Using Lessons from HIV to Treat Hepatitis C
A new study demonstrates how public health strategies aimed at improving HIV treatment outcomes can be used to better care for patients with another viral infection, hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a deadly blood-borne disease that causes liver inflammation and scarring.
FDA says new COVID-19 vaccines will protect against current strains
EG.5, nicknamed Eris after the Greek goddess of chaos who indirectly started the Trojan War, makes up approximately 20.6% of current infections, while FL 1.5.1 comprises 13.3%. Both are Omicron variants. “The two strains, EG.5 and XBB.1.5, are not identical, but they're pretty close,” said Scott Roberts, an infectious disease specialist for Yale Medicine. “My strong suspicion is that, given the genetic similarities, there will still be a good degree of protection from the booster."Source: Washington Examiner
Yale School of Medicine researchers work to develop vaccine on more tick, mosquito-borne illnesses
As more tick and mosquito-borne illness cases crop up in the U.S., researchers at Yale School of Medicine are looking to make a vaccine that will target those diseases. Most vaccines available to us usually target a pathogen or microbe, but there are many infectious diseases that are transmitted by vectors.Source: Newsbreak
Overdose Preventers Seek Fewer Lives Lost
The Yale Community Health Care Van and Connecticut Harm Reduction Alliance Van both offer clean syringes, test strips, HIV and Hepatitis C screenings, and naloxone kits — contact or find out more about those organizations here and here.Source: New Haven Independent