The Importance of Diagnostics in Eliminating Diseases

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Join Us for Health For All Humanity!

Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases (DDTD) invites you to join us on October 13, 2018 at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers for our San Diego Health For All Humanity night, in support of discovery of new treatments and diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases. Your emcee for the evening will be veteran journalist, Kenny Goldberg, reporter for KPBS, the NPR and PBS affiliate in San Diego. During his more than 20 years at KPBS, Kenny’s radio and television work garnered six Golden Mic awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award, two Emmy nominations, and numerous other honors.He was also awarded fellowships from the New York Times Foundation, the National Press Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation.


We are proud to announce our Scientific Lifetime Achievement Awardrecipient is distinguished professor and Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California at San Diego, Dr. James McKerrow, Ph.D., M.D. Dr. McKerrow leads a consortium of scientists dedicated to the discovery and development of new drugs for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This consortium, the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases, is a division within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC, San Diego. He has co-authored more than a dozen book chapters, published more than 250 articles and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and symposia. Dr. McKerrow will be recognized for his many years dedicated to research of NTDs.

OUR MISSION: To Discover New Treatments and Diagnostics for Diseases that Affect Vulnerable Populations


Loasis and the Antibody Rapid Test

Loiasis, also known as African eye worm, is a disease caused by the parasitic worm Loa loa. Loiasis affects over 10 million people, predominantly in forested areas of West and Central Africa. 

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River Blindness


Onchocerciasis, or River Blindness, is a neglected disease (NTD) caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. Up to 18 million people are infected, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Lymphatic Filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis (LF) affects 40 million individuals in 73 countries stretching from Africa to Asia.  LF is an infection caused mainly by the filarial worms Wucheria bancrofti and Brugia malayii.

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Other Efforts

We seek to reduce health inequity within local communities by providing a portfolio of low-cost rapid diagnostic tests developed specifically for homeless individuals and people living in precarious conditions.

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At DDTD, we embrace the ideal of eliminating diseases that do not belong to the 21st century. The first step towards eliminating a disease is the ability to detect it.