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This Week in Parasitism

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This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a podcast about eukaryotic parasites started by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. Daniel Griffin, MD joined the team in January 2015 and added not only his expertise in infectious diseases, but began a new feature of TWiP, the case study. Each week Daniel presents the symptoms and signs of an interesting case that he has investigated during his work, without identifying the infectious agent. Listeners are encouraged to send in their guesses to this weekly infectious disease mystery. We call this new change 'TWiP reboot'.

The TWiP trio strives for an informal yet informative conversation about parasites which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background. As science Professors at Columbia University, Dickson and Vincent have directed research laboratories focused on parasites and viruses. Their enthusiasm for teaching inspired them to reach beyond the classroom with new media. TWiP is for everyone who wants to learn about parasites in a relaxing way.

Music used on TWiP is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.

 

TWiP 37: Dracunculiasis

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of Dracunculus medinensis, the filarial nematode that causes dracunculiasis, or Guinea worm disease.

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TWiP 36: Trichuris and microbes plan a hatch

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Vincent and Dickson review how gut bacteria help establish T. muris in the large intestine of mice.

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TWiP 35: Malaria control with David Fidock

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Vincent and Dickson discuss control of malaria with their Columbia University colleague David Fidock.

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TWiP 34: Up against the Wolbachia

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Vincent and Dickson discuss control of malaria and filariasis with the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia.

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TWiP 33: Hide and seek

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Vincent and Dickson review an in silico pipeline for identifying molecular mimicry candidate proteins in the genomes of parasites, and catch up on listener email.

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TWiP 32: Evasive trypanosomes and schistosomes

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Vincent and Dickson discuss immune evasion by the cruzain protease of T. cruzi, and novel tetraspanin antigens of S. japonicum.

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TWiP 31 - A malaria vaccine

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Vincent and Dickson discuss the promising results of a phase III trial of a malaria vaccine in African children.

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TWiP 30: Global infectious disease control with Charles Knirsch

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Vincent and Dickson have a broad-ranging conversation with Charles Knirsch of Pfizer, Inc. about how public-private partnerships can function to control and eliminate infectious diseases.

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TWiP 29: Neglected tropical diseases with Peter Hotez

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Vincent and Dickson converse with Peter Hotez about global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical diseases.

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      TWiP 28: Medical entomology with Robert W. Gwadz

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      Vincent and Dickson discuss medical entomology with Robert W. Gwadz, Assistant Chief of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research at NIAID.

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