Implementing Novel Strategies for Education and Chagas Testing (INSECT)
We are excited to announce the awarding of a 5-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to co-PIs Dr. Natasha Hochberg (BMC/BUSM/BUSPH) and Maja Carrion, MPH (BU-Sargent) and Dr. David Hamer (BMC/BUSM/BUSPH) as co-investigator to study Chagas disease. Chagas disease, a vector-borne infection caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is endemic to Mexico, Central and South America. An estimated 100 million people are at risk for the disease, 8-10 million people worldwide are infected, and there are around 300,000 cases in the US. The award is part of the funding opportunity: Reducing The Burden Of Parasitic Infections In The United States Through Evidence-Based Prevention And Control Activities. The project, titled Implementing Novel Strategies for Education and Chagas Testing (INSECT), will focus on improving healthcare provider knowledge and awareness about Chagas disease across the United States. The team will also roll out screening programs for at-risk populations, including a focus on women of childbearing age to prevent congenital transmission.