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Understanding parasites: Professor Andy Waters

Understanding parasites: Professor Andy Waters

Issued: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:07:00 BST

At Glasgow’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, scientists collaborate to investigate malaria parasites, toxoplasma, human and livestock-infective trypanosomes, and the leishmanias that can afflict humans.

‘We look at the intrinsic molecular and cell biology of the parasite itself and increasingly, we look at the relationship between the parasite and its host and the parasite and its vector in an attempt to understand the complexities of those interactions,’ explains Professor Andy Waters, Wellcome Trust principal research fellow and the centre’s director. ‘We hope that our findings might be exploited to develop drugs, vaccines or other methods of preventing parasite success.’

The centre brings together seven principal investigators and a community of researchers. It is one of only eight UK centres of excellence funded by the Wellcome Trust and the only one focused on parasitology.

‘We have collaborations both within and outside of the centre, and partnerships that extend into Africa, where we have ongoing relationships and actively funded grants from the Wellcome Trust and other agencies,’ says Professor Waters.

Current projects include linking African laboratories with Glasgow in order to compare different populations of trypanosome parasites from different regions.

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