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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) infect more than one-billion of the poorest people in the world, yet only a tiny fraction of all drug discovery efforts is focused on this. There is little sharing of data across labs working in this area, leading to duplication of effort and precious time and money wasted. We are piloting a new data sharing model for NTD drug discovery that will help speed treatments for these diseases that disable and kill so many.
This project will help fund a robust online collaboration platform that will be used to share data among other scientists under an umbrella of confidentiality.
This platform will provide a safe and secure place for researchers to work toward fighting diseases such as African Sleeping Sickness, Chagas disease, malaria, and leishmaniasis.
Although tremendous advances have been made in our understanding and treatment of disease, major challenges remain in improving health for populations in the developing world. That's where Associate Professor Michael Pollastri comes in. Prof. Pollastri's primary research focus is on discovery of new therapeutics for neglected tropical diseases, using a “parachute” or “repurposing” approach. He has the support of the College of Science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.