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

Malaria, Guinea Worm, Sleeping Sickness, Schistosomiasis and Leishmaniasis are among those diseases described as neglected because they remain major epidemic diseases in many countries. These five are among a range of diseases which World Health Organisation is aiming to eradicate, some as soon as 2020. 

Scottish institutions – the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at the University of Dundee, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, 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.

  • Tsetse fly trap. Photo © University of Glasgow.

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

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

    Tsetse fly trap. Photo © University of Glasgow.
  • Experimental work with tsetse flies (University of Glasgow).

    Experimental work with tsetse flies (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 Vaughan. CC BY

Exhibition information

When

6 Dec 2019 - 19 Apr 2020

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh - Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3

How much

Free

Access

There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. Click here to find more information.

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