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When infection won't quit

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] TB, AIDS, and malaria are finding new ways to resist treatment Recent headlines paint an insidious trend in infectious disease. In San Francisco, 60 percent of new HIV infections are drug resistant. In Europe and the U.S., a deadly new form of tuberculosis —…

Chasing epidemics in real time

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] As the AIDS epidemic tragically demonstrated, public health has usually been a step behind infections on the run. But today, with sophisticated molecular and communications tools, practitioners can virtually keep up stride for stride with emerging epidemics. In…

The hard science of saving lives

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Understanding the basic biology of infectious disease has been a constant at HSPH since its inception. “We’re one of the few schools of public health that has integrated laboratory science and more classical public health disciplines, such as…

Unlocking the secrets of drug resistance in malaria parasites

[ Fall 2011 ] New Gene Search Tool Opens “Endless Possibilities” During a half-century of global efforts to conquer malaria, scientists have developed a series of antimalarial drugs, only to see them defanged, one by one, by the shape-shifting parasite’s ability to…

New molecular target for malaria control identified

Blocking egg development in malaria mosquito could reduce transmission of the disease For immediate release: October 29, 2013 Boston, MA – A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Perugia (UNIPG) researchers has shown that egg…

Blocking malaria parasites

May 2010 -- In a paper published in the May 14 edition of the journal Science, Harvard School of Public Health researchers Manoj Duraisingh and Jeffrey Dvorin succeeded in locking malaria parasites within infected blood cells, potentially containing the disease's spread. Click…

Why Public Health? Nicanor Obaldia Rodriguez

April 2011 -- In our new series "Why Public Health?" we ask Harvard School of Public Health students to talk about why they chose to enter the field. Above, Nicanor Obaldia Rodriguez, a doctoral student from Panama, says he hopes to establish…

Using cell phone data to curb the spread of malaria

For immediate release: Thursday, October 11, 2012 Boston, MA — New research that combines cell phone data from 15 million people in Kenya with detailed information on the regional incidence of malaria has revealed, on the largest scale so far, how human…

Researchers identify genes causing antimalarial drug resistance

For immediate release: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Boston, MA -- Using a pair of powerful genome-search techniques, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University, and the Broad Institute have identified several genes that may be implicated in the…