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Learn more about parasites and how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.

Parasites comics

Learn about research that is carried out on a selection of parasites both in Glasgow and in endemic areas. The comics make the science and research accessible to a wide range of audiences. 

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Parasite cross-stitch patterns

A series of parasite images that can be cross-stitched! These designs feature parasites being studied at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow. There are also designs to illustrate some of the complex life cycles of these organisms, and some of the equipment we used to study them in the lab.


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Designed by PHD student Lauren Carruthers @ParasiteXStitch


A fun way to engage pupils with the immune system. Schools can request or download a resource pack which includes the Supercytes card game and supporting materials. 

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Malaria lifecycle films

These short films on the malaria lifecycle looks at the stages within the human host. Produced by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research in Australia. 

Sand Fly Dissection Film

Medical entomologist Dr Hector Diaz Albiter talks about his research into leishmania and provides a close-up of its vector, the sand fly. 

Kissing Bug Film

Medical entomologist Dr Hector Diaz Albiter talks about his research into Chagas disease and provides a close-up of its vector, the 'kissing bug’. 

Parasites Ted Talks

Insight into the neurological effects of certain parasites in this TED talk and animation, providing an excellent resource for memorable science stories. 

Scottish Encounter with Tropical Disease 

Scotland has a long history of carrying out research in parasitology and has led the way in pioneering research. This booklet illuminates some of the men and women that revolutionised the study of these organisms. 

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Parasites exhibition

These resources were produced as part of the interactive exhibition, Parasites: Battle for Survival which ran at the National Museum of Scotland from 6 December 2019 to 19 April 2020.

School children exploring Parasites exhibition © Neil Hannah

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