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Monsters Inside Me

From the Interactive Movie Database: "A teenage dance instructor is suddenly stopped in her tracks by unbearable abdominal pain and vomiting. Tests find a mysterious mass in her colon that turns out be made of decaying Anisakis simplex worms that she became infected with by eating sushi. A middle-aged banker gets seizures from Taenia solium that he picked up from traveling to his home country of Haiti, a developing nation harboring lots of parasites. In 1981, a scientist is infected with onchocerciasis and becomes the first person to take ivermectin."
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Judy Sakanari's medical parasitology course at UC Berkeley (IB 116 Medical Parasitology)

This is an intensive 6-week summer session course covering medically important helminthic and protozoan parasites that cause morbidity and mortality worldwide. Students learn about the epidemiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of the infections as well as the ecology and evolution of the host-parasite relationship.

A Vimeo video of the Worminator and our worm assay

The worm assay video imaging system, “The Worminator,” can be applied to the study of many macroparasites as well as other micro- and macroscopic organisms. We have developed a low-cost and simple visual imaging system to automate and quantify screening entire plates based on parasite movement. 
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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry UCSF

From their mission statement: "

Research in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry focuses on understanding fundamental biochemical mechanisms underlying health and disease, which are key to developing new and more effective diagnostics and medications. The department’s basic research not only identifies new drug targets for small molecule drugs, it also develops the tools and methods to discover such targets and therapies and to more rapidly determine their efficacy and safety at the molecular level, thus improving the efficiency of the drug discovery process and potentially leading to improved therapeutics".

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American Society of Parasitologists

Founded in 1924, the American Society of Parasitologists comprises a diverse group of scientists from academia, industry, and government involved in the study and teaching of the scientific discipline of parasitology.
Northern California Parasitologists

Northern California Parasitologists

The Northern California Parasitologists is a loose affiliation of students and professionals who are interested in medical, veterinary and plant Parasitology.

Bill Sullivan Lab, UCSC

This lab explores the molecular and cellular interactions between the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia and its insect and nematode hosts. Wolbachia also maintains a symbiotic relationship with pathogenic filarial nematodes, such as Brugia malayi, and is the causative agent of Elephantiasis and Riverblindness, diseases afflicting 150 million people globally. In addition to exploring Wolbachia-host interactions, they have developed high-throughput screening procedures to identify potentanti-Wolbachia compounds to be used in combating these diseases.


Meguro Museum of Parasitology

Meguro Museum of Parasitology, Tokyo

The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a small medical museum  in central Tokyo, Japan. The museum is devoted to parasites and the science of parasitology, and was founded in 1953 by Dr. Satoru Kamegai, moving to its present location in 1993. The two-story exhibition space provides an educational overview of the diversity of parasites in the natural world and their life cycles. The second floor exhibition space has an emphasis on parasites in humans and their effects (including the nematode, the trematode, and the tapeworm. On display are 300 preserved specimens, including an 8.8 metres (29 ft)-long Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense tapeworm. The research library contains 60,000 parasite specimens, as well as 50,000 papers and 5,000 books on parasitology.

CDC Parasites

Parasite page at Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally
Bohart Entomology Museum

Bohart Entomology Museum, UC Davis

The Bohart Museum of Entomology was founded in 1946 on the campus of the University of California, Davis. The museum is currently the seventh largest insect collection in North America with more than seven million specimens of terrestrial and freshwater arthropods. At least 90% of these holdings are insects. The collection is worldwide in scope with the Western Hemisphere, Indonesia, and Australasia particularly well represented.

Kevin Lafferty Group at Marine Science Institute, UCSB and EEMB (Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at UCSB)

His lab studies the ecology of parasites. In this capacity, He is a member of the ecological parasitology group at UC Santa Barbara (http://www.lifesci.ucsb.edu/eemb/labs/kuris/)). He works on conservation biology issues, including research to guide the protection and recovery of the endangered tidewater goby, black abalone, southern sea otter, and western snowy plover. In addition, he studies the effect of fishing on marine communities. He uses a variety of approaches, including field surveys, lab and field experiments, meta-analysis, mathematical modeling, and network (foodweb) analysis. Common systems of study are local estuaries, beaches, and kelp forests but include coral reefs and arctic lakes.
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Parasitology (Ed Young TED talk)

Science writer Ed Yong delves into the hidden world of parasites. He describes how parasites, once inside a host's body, become masters in the craft of manipulation.






parasite rex

Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer

Rats, Lice and History, Hans Zinnsner