The Problem of Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness)

Center for Infection and Immunity Distinguished Lecture Series
August 24, 2012
11:00AM-12:00PM

Mailman School of Public Health (Allan Rosenfield Bldg)
722 W. 168th Street
8th Floor Auditorium 

The Problem of Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness)

Peter G. E. Kennedy, CBE, MD, PhD
Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Glasgow University, Scotland, UK
Professor & Burton Chair of Neurology

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is one of the world’s most neglected diseases, with nearly sixty million people in sub-Saharan Africa at risk. 

Dr. Kennedy is an award-winning clinician-scientist of neurovirology specializing in human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and viral infections of the nervous system. In addition to his many distinctions, he has served as President of the International Society of Neurovirology (2004-9) and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to clinical science in 2010.  He currently holds the Burton Chair of Neurology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

This talk will provide an update on clinical presentation, neuropathogenesis, and recent therapeutic advances for African sleeping sickness.    

Part 1. History & Background Of Human African Trypanosomiasis

Part 2. Pathogenesis and Treatment For Human African Trypanosomiasis

Part 3. Models and Novel Treatments For Human African Trypanosomiasis

Part 4. Additional Novel Treatments For Human African Trypanosomiasis