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. Dr. Judd Walson, principal investigator of the project and vice chair and professor in the Department of Global Health at the UW, which bridges the University of Washington 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.
The project, launched in 2016, is a collaboration between the UW and the Natural History Museum London, where it has been housed for the last four years. DeWorm3 researchers have been testing the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil transmitted helminths, or parasitic worms, using intense mass drug administration strategies.
“Following the successful completion of the first phase of the study by the Natural History Museum, we are excited to be leading the surveillance and assessment phases of this very important trial,” says Dr. Walson, also a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the UW and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.
“This next phase of the study will leverage the incredible expertise in clinical trials and in implementation science that we have here in the Department of Global Health. This study has the potential to impact the health of literally billions of individuals in some of the most impoverished communities on the planet and we are thrilled to be leading a project from here at the UW,” he says.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 20