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How do we catch infections?

How do we catch infections? The University of Manchester
Dr Joanne Pennock (left), Dr Sheena Cruickshank (centre) and Professor Kathyrn Else (right) holding samples of worm parasites. Image: Mark Waugh, The University of Manchester

The team

From The University of Manchester:

  • Dr Sheena Cruickshank
  • Professor Kathryn Else

The science behind the exhibit

Globally, the biggest killer of people under 50 is infection and yet, informed by our outreach work with UK immigrants from across the world (Africa, Asia, Iraq, Iran, China, Egypt, Malaysia), many people are unaware of how infections are transmitted. Research at the University of Manchester focuses on the biology and immune response to four common parasites- Toxoplasma, whipworm (Trichuris), malaria and schistosomes. We will focus on explaining how people catch these infections, the global significance of these infections (in terms of prevalence and effects on global health and economy), and how they can be prevented.

About the exhibit

  • Videos of infection routes of common parasites to man (life cycle) and their significance in the world
  • Make giant jigsaws of infection transmission routes (parasite life cycle)
  • Make interactive parasite themed art (Rangoli)
  • Build an interactive feedback electronic "wall"
  • Contribute to an infection themed book

Video

Dr Sheena Cruickshank, medical science- immunology, infection and parasites  

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Video

Nematodes: Masters of the Universe  

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Images

These images are protected by copyright law and may be used with acknowledgement.

How do we catch infections?

Copyright: Uta Rossler, Richard Grencis and Toby Starborg, The University of Manchester Whipworm larvae in the gut. The image was taken using electron microscopy 

Copyright: Uta Rossler, Richard Grencis and Toby Starborg, The University of Manchester

Copyright: Professor Grencis, The University of Manchester Villagers in Ecuador 

The water is contaminated with raw sewage. Villagers wash themselves, cook and drink with this water.

Copyright: Professor Grencis, The University of Manchester