Major Deworming Project Receives Additional $5 Million from Gates Foundation, Moves to the UW (UW School of Public Health - Quotes Judd Walson)

DeWorm3, a multi-country project researching the control and elimination of parasitic worms, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will now be hosted by the University of Washington. Judd Walson, principal investigator of the project and vice chair and professor in the Department of Global Health at the UW, which bridges the Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has received a new, nearly $5 million grant from the foundation to oversee the transition and lead the project into its next phase.

Global Health Professor Receives Grant to Investigate Innovative Detection Methods to Eliminate Intestinal Worm Infections

Judd Walson, a University of Washington professor of Global Health, Medicine, and Pediatrics, recently received $621,029 in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a research grant focused on the development of a molecular diagnostic platform for the detection of soil transmitted helminths (STH), commonly known as parasitic worms. Investigators will use these methods to support a large, multi-country, randomized trial evaluating the feasibility of interrupting STH transmission through expanded mass drug administration.

The Seattle Times: Putting an End to Intestinal Worms

By University of Washington

For two billion people around the planet, anemia, weakness and malaise are part of daily life.

These symptoms are part of living with soil-transmitted helminths – more commonly known as intestinal worms – that inhabit victims’ bellies, sapping their nutrients and stunting their physical and cognitive development.