First Starworms Results presented at the ASTMH

In the beginning of November, the Starworms team attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Health in Baltimore (USA). During this 4-day meeting, we presented some of our findings through oral presentations during a scientific symposium chaired by Bruno Levecke. Other results were presented during the different poster sessions. You can listen and experience the presentations again by clicking on the respective links provided below.


  1. How to ensure the efficacy of drugs in soil-transmitted helminth control programs? by Bruno Levecke (Ghent University)
  2. Comparison of 4 diagnostic tools for the assessment of drug efficacy of a single dose albendazole against soil-transmitted helminths by Johnny Vlaminck (Ghent University)
  3. Molecular diagnosis for benzimidazole resistance-associated SNPs in human soil-transmitted helminths By Roger Prichard (McGill University)


  1. The comparison of preservation and DNA extraction methods for the molecular detection and quantification of soil-transmitted helminth infection in stool (Ayana et al.)
  2. Optimizing FECPAKG2 for the quantification of soil-transmitted helminth eggs in human stool (Ayana et al.)
  3. First international external quality assessment of nucleic acid amplification tests for the detection of soil-transmitted helminths – the study protocol (Cools et al.)
  4. ParaDesign 2.0: an improved E-tool to identify the most cost-effective survey design to monitor deworming programs targeting soil-transmitted helminthiasis (Levecke et al.)
  5. ParaDrug: an E-tool to analyze and report drug efficacy data in preventive chemotherapy programs targeting schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (Levecke et al.)

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