Topic: infectious diseases

Tracking a duo of deadly diseases

June 30, 2015 -- Should we be worried about Lassa fever, the hemorrhagic fever that recently killed a New Jersey man? How is it different from Ebola? Computational biologist Pardis Sabeti—recently named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator for 2015—studies the genetics…

New target identified for inhibiting malaria parasite invasion

For immediate release: June 25, 2015 Boston, MA ─ A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that a malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells. Human calcineurin…

Improved safeguards needed at biosafety labs

More needs to be done to improve safety and public accountability at the nation’s high-containment biosafety laboratories that work with deadly viruses and bacteria, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard…

Tackling malaria using the art of deception

May 27, 2015 — Francisco Cai could have parlayed his Stanford computer science degrees into opportunities developing a smartphone app or increasing a website’s ad revenues. Instead, he sought out a way to use his formidable coding skills to tackle problems affecting…

Understanding the social context of Ebola

April 10, 2015 — Theresa Betancourt, ScD ’03, associate professor of child health and human rights, directs the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Global Health and Population. She has…

Dealing with parents’ mistrust of vaccines

As the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to make headlines and fuel public debate, health professionals seek more effective ways to convince parents who mistrust vaccines to get their children vaccinated, according to Barry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan…