Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES EVP: New Solutions for Global Control of Parasitic Infections: The Case of Schistosomiasis

A man collects water from a river in Senegal

Seeking Disease Solutions in Nature »

January 24, 2018

New program aims to pioneer cost-effective ecological solutions to disease.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

robotic swimmer

Mystery of Tropical Human Parasite Swimming Solved »

October 31, 2016

Stanford bioengineers combined live observation, mathematical insights and robots to reveal the movement of parasitic larvae that cause schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions of people worldwide...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

A man holds two African prawns while a child watches

Ecological Solution More Effective at Combatting Disease Than Drugs Alone »

July 22, 2016

Study upends status quo for combatting schistosomiasis, which affects 250 million people worldwide. Spread of parasitic disease curbed more effectively with ecological intervention than drug treatment alone.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Microscopic view of schistosoma mansoni cercaria, parasite that carries a potentially deadly disease

Disease-Carrying Parasite May Have Achilles Heel »

December 17, 2015

Stanford researchers find infected snails are more appealing to their natural predators

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Moving shrimp to river test site in Senegal, West Africa

A Natural Solution to Spread of Deadly Disease  »

July 20, 2015

Stanford researchers find the humble river prawn, a natural predator of parasite-carrying snails, is effective at curbing spread of Schistosomiasis in West Africa; larger initiative on nature and public health planned

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A freshwater prawn - natural enemy of a disease parasite-carrying snail

Little Prawn, Big Data »

April 30, 2015

Promising natural solution for disease uses mobile data to track spread 

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By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

freshwater prawn

Prawn vs. Snail: Nature’s Role in Fighting Disease »

November 25, 2013

Little crustacean could play big part in stopping spread of parasitic infection

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment