A scientist from QIMR Berghofer awarded by a national research funding body

QIMR Berghofer Principal Scientist Professor Don McManus received a Peter Doherty (Leadership) Fellowship from the National Board of Health and Medical Research (NHMRC).

The award – which honors Australia’s Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC – goes to the top-ranked nomination in the Leadership category of the NHMRC Research Grants program the previous year.

Professor McManus’ study is entitled “A World Without Worms: Overcoming Parasitic Helminths Through Comprehensive Integrated Control”. It will use an arsenal of diagnostic tools and public health measures, combined with effective surveillance measures, to try to eliminate schistosomiasis and other neglected tropical diseases from Asia and Africa and return these diseases. persistent in history.

Professor McManus is the head of the molecular parasitology laboratory at QIMR Berghofer. He has dedicated his career to the prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases, and in particular the parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis, echinococcosis and soil-borne worms.

He said he was touched and honored to be recognized by the NHMRC, which has supported his research in Australia for more than 30 years.

“I am very grateful to the National Board of Health and Medical Research for supporting this research,” said Professor McManus.

“Neglected tropical diseases remain a major public health problem in many parts of Asia and Africa and can seriously affect the growth and development of children.

“Through this project, we will continue our work to reduce the infection rates of neglected tropical diseases around the world. “

Professor McManus is part of a team that has designed and implemented highly successful public health campaigns to reduce parasitic worm infections in rural areas of China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

He published 680 scientific papers during his 50-year career. A number of these studies have helped shape policy and practice and have resulted in improved treatment and control of parasitic infections in parts of Asia and Africa.

Professor McManus led the tropical health program at QIMR Berghofer for over 20 years. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health Sciences and Medicine and the Royal Society of Biology in the United Kingdom. In 2018, he received the prestigious Sornchai Looareesuwan Medal for his distinguished achievements in tropical medicine research.

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