Back to Explore

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. 

Read Parasites Comics

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.

 

Download Parasites in Stitches Patterns

Designed by PHD student Lauren Carruthers @ParasiteXStitch

Supercytes

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. 

Find out more about Supercytes

 

Book into our Supercytes Teacher Training event on 31 January 

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. 

Download PDF 

Visit Parasites exhibition

Learn more about these five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in our interactive exhibition, Parasites: Battle for Survival is on display at the National Museum of Scotland from 6 December 2019 to 19 April 2020.

School children exploring Parasites exhibition © Neil Hannah

Download Parasites Teachers Notes

You may be interested in

Back to top