Dr. James Hewitson

Monday, September 23 2019 at 7:30PM

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Dr. James Hewitson

What's the talk about?

More than 1/4 of the global population are infected with a parasitic worm. These large pathogens range from a few millimetres in length to more than a metre, and can be thread-like creatures or finger thick. They can live in many of our organs, such as intestines, blood and even eyes. We will talk about some of the different diseases these parasites cause, the current approaches to stopping infection, and how likely this is to succeed. At the same time, it is becoming apparent that infection with worms may actually be beneficial in some situations, so we will also discuss how “helminth therapy” could help reduce allergies and autoimmunity.