Coming soon Exhibition National Museum of Scotland

Parasites: Battle for Survival

6 Dec 2019 - 19 Apr 2020

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3

Free

The exhibition will explore the fight to eliminate five tropical diseases and the role of research taking place in Scotland to do this.

Malaria, Guinea Worm, Sleeping Sickness, Schistosomiasis and Leishmaniasis affect 1 in 18 people in the world. These five parasitic diseases are among a range which the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate, some as soon as 2020.

Scottish institutions – the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at the University of DundeeWellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh – are at the forefront of these efforts.

Presented in partnership with these universities, this exhibition will explore the history of Scottish involvement in identifying and treating tropical disease and highlight the research currently taking place in Scotland, and across the globe, to eliminate them.

  • Tsetse fly trap. Photo © University of Glasgow.

    Tsetse fly trap. Photo © University of Glasgow.
  • Tsetse fly trap. Photo © University of Glasgow.

    Tsetse fly trap. Photo © University of Glasgow.
  • Diagnosing sleeping sickness. Photo © University of Glasgow.

    Diagnosing sleeping sickness. Photo © University of Glasgow.
  • Clinic at Malawi Hospital. Photo © University of Glasgow.

    Clinic at Malawi Hospital.  Photo © University of Glasgow.
  • Testing for diseases. Photo © University of Glasgow.

    Testing for diseases.  Photo © University of Glasgow.
  • Mosquito. Photo © Sinclair Stammers and Aidan O’Donnell.

    Mosquito. Photo © Sinclair Stammers and Aidan O’Donnell.

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Header image: 'Trypanosoma brucei brucei' by Gull Lab, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. Credit: Gull Lab courtesy of Sue VaughanCC BY

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