How do we catch infections?

Friday 14 November – Sunday 16 November 2014
10.00am-5.00pm (Fri/Sat)
10.00am-3.00pm (Sun)

Museum Gardens
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PA

Suitable for:
All ages

Exhibit description

The team

From The University of Manchester:

- Dr Sheena Cruickshank
- Professor Kathryn Else

The science behind the exhibit

Globally, the biggest killer of people under 50 is infection and yet, informed by our outreach work with UK immigrants from across the world (Africa, Asia, Iraq, Iran, China, Egypt, Malaysia), many people are unaware of how infections are transmitted. Research at the University of Manchester focuses on the biology and immune response to four common parasites- Toxoplasma, whipworm (Trichuris), malaria and schistosomes. We will focus on explaining how people catch these infections, the global significance of these infections (in terms of prevalence and effects on global health and economy), and how they can be prevented.

What to expect

- Videos of infection routes of common parasites to man (life cycle) and their significance in the world
- Make giant jigsaws of infection transmission routes (parasite life cycle)
- Make interactive parasite themed art (Rangoli)
- Build an interactive feedback electronic “wall”
- Contribute to an infection themed book

News and updates

Follow them on Twitter: @MancImmunoGroup and @Sheencr

www.mig.ls.manchester.ac.uk

Links to articles, podcasts and resources: www.mig.ls.manchester.ac.uk/impact/resources

An article on their outreach: www.britishscienceassociation.org/blog/worm-wagon

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