Half the world’s population suffers from parasitic diseases that lead to illness, disability, and death. Onchocerciasis, leishmaniasis, trypsomiasis, schistosomiasis, filariasis, and malaria inflict a terrible burden on the world’s poorest people, trapping them in a cycle of illness, poverty, and despair. Until recent years, however, parasitic diseases had received scant attention and little research funding, either in the U.S. or internationally. In the early 1980s, the Foundation turned its attention to these enemies of human and economic development. It sought to strengthen the science underlying prevention by systematically applying the tools of molecular biology and genetics to parasitic diseases and the insects that transmit them.
January 13, 2015 - From The Field
A series of six virtual roundtables will explore how 21st Century innovation might accelerate progress toward the eventual eradication of nuclear weapons and the threats posed by nuclear materials. Read More
January 12, 2015 - Video
The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability. The Award is not only recognition for past leadership and success but also an investment in the organizations’ future. Watch