Schistosomiasis affects more than 200 million people worldwide. About 90 per cent of cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the focus of the Museum’s schistosomiasis research.

We research the biology of schistosomes and actively contribute to treatment programmes in affected regions.

The Museum is proud of its role as a World Health Organisation collaborating centre for the identification of schistosomes and their snail hosts.

  •  SCAN (Schistosomiasis Collection at the Natural History Museum)
  •  SCORE (Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation).
  • A freshwater snail, releasing  cercaria the life stage of Schistosoma mansoni that infects humans.
    What is schistosomiasis?

    Discover more about the disease, what causes it and where in the world it occurs.

  • Schistosomiasis survey
    Population genetics

    Find out how we are researching the possibility of drug resistance in schistosomes.

  • Electron micrograph of a male/female pair of adult schistosomes

    We are building a global schistosomiasis collection at the Museum facilitating essential research into this neglected tropical disease.

Research leader

Dr David Rollinson
Dr David Rollinson

Individual Merit Researcher in parasitology and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre. Research interests include schistosomes and their snail vectors. 

Super-flies and parasites blog

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    Wed, 28 May 2014 10:15:27

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