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Imagine living in a world where anytime someone was infected by a parasite it would make headline news globally.
This ideal inspires Brock University medical microbiologist Ana Sanchez in her infectious diseases research. While the headlines may not come soon, she says, what matters now is controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that currently affect one billion people on the planet.
Sanchez is a panelist in a Nov. 26 forum held by Research Matters, an Ontario-wide initiative to raise the profile of university research. She and four researchers from other provincial universities will be addressing the question: “What Matters Now?” in a forum to be held in London, Ont., starting from 6 p.m.
Sanchez is an internationally renowned infectious diseases expert, who studies the impacts of parasites - roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, to name a few - on the human body. Her research has assisted the World Health Organization and other global health initiatives.