2.0 Course Justification                                                                                 Back

Parasites are recognised as the world's major diseases of humans including five of the WHO's top six diseases (the other being leprosy).

British scientists have been at the forefront of the understanding of parasitic tropical diseases since days of the Empire. As a result Parasitology finds a place in most British Universities. Research funding from the Government, WHO, Wellcome Trust, the Bill Gates Foundation and other charities allows British science to continue to contribute to what is essentially a third world problem.

For example:

The British Society for Parasitology   http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/ibls/II/parasitology/bsp/public_html/

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene http://www.rstmh.org/

are two of the World's foremost parasitological Societies. The course co-ordinator is respectively a member and past Honorary General Secretary and Fellow of the above.

An additional appeal of Parasitology, as a subject to biologists medical and veterinary students alike, is that it provides a 'justifiable' subject, which crosses many technological disciplines.

Molecular Biology is just one of the disciplines involved. It is integrated with an understanding of the cell biology immunology, epidemiology and biochemistry of the parasites. This is essential in order to efficiently apply the dramatic techniques, which are now available through bio-technology.

Dr Clive Bennett E-mail: ceb@soton.ac.uk

Dr. Clive Bennett 2006