Posts Tagged ‘river blindness’

USF College of Public Health named WHO-designated center of excellence to combat river blindness

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The new collaborating center will focus on diagnostics needed to verify progress toward global elimination of the disabling parasitic infection onchocerciasis TAMPA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has designated the University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Department of Global Health as the world’s only Collaborating […]

Two COPH faculty awarded 2017 Outstanding Research Achievement Awards

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The USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Thomas Unnasch, USF Health distinguished professor, chair of global health and interim chair of environmental and occupational health, and Dr. Amy Alman, assistant professor of epidemiology, are among 17 faculty members from across the USF System with the 2017 Outstanding Research Achievement Awards. The ceremony was held in […]

Dr. Thomas Unnasch appointed chair of WHO committee

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The USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Thomas Unnasch, distinguished university health professor, has been appointed chair of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Onchocerciasis Technical Advisory Sub-Committee.  Unnasch is chair of the Department of Global Health and interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. The role of the sub-committee is to review and report […]

Dr. Thomas Unnasch receives $2.6M NIH grant to examine river blindness

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USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Thomas Unnasch, chair of the Department of Global Health and distinguished university health professor, has been awarded an R01 grant for more than $2.6 million from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to combat onchocerciasis in Africa. Onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness, is an eye […]

Dr. Ben Jacob takes the offensive to slash river blindness [VIDEO]

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“When you see the kids who have nothing, it changes you,” said Dr. Ben Jacob, “and when you see the ones who are blind on top of it, it changes you even more.  You come back to your American life here, you cruise around town, go to McDonald’s, whatever, but you can’t help thinking about […]

Dr. Thomsas Unnasch played a role in Ecuador’s elimination of river blindness

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Major health organizations around the world are celebrating the elimination of river blindness in Ecuador, the second Latin American nation to announce the milestone. Dr. Thomas Unnasch, chair of the Department of Global Health at the USF College of Public Health, has been involved with numerous organizations in a long fight to eliminate the disease. […]

Dr. Thomas Unnasch explains the science behind river blindness

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Thomas Unnasch, PhD, chair of the Department of Global Health at the USF College of Public Health, recently discussed his work to eliminate river blindness with The Carter Center. The segment titled “Making it Happen” focused on “The Science Behind Eliminating River Blindness.”   Related stories: One of world’s leading experts on river blindness calls […]