Potentially Game-Changing Research for Treating Onchocerciasis has Started in Ghana

The DOLF project, a collaboration of partners from Africa, Asia, the U.S. and Europe, has secured a new grant of 2.1 Million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This grant will fund a clinical trial of a new treatment for onchocerciasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms that is also known as River […]

Introduction – Global Health Research Program Manager

The DOLF project is pleased to announce that Rachel Bick has joined our team as Global Health Research Project Manager Rachel brings international experience in global health and a strong academic background to this role. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Public Health […]

Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) released their fifth progress report on the London Declaration on NTDs. The report describes the progress made toward achieving the goals set out by the London Declaration toward the control, elimination, and eradication of 10 NTDs. DOLF research on a more effective triple drug combination for lymphatic filariasis […]

Merck announces expansion of the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP)

Today Merck announced an expansion of the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP) to reach up to an additional 100 million people per year through 2025 to support the expansion of triple-drug therapy as part of the global effort to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF). DOLF research showed that adding ivermectin to diethylcarbamazine and albendazole can accelerate the […]

DOLF Making an Impact

Earlier today WHO published new guidelines for alternative MDA regimens for LF in the Weekly Epidemiological Record. The new guidelines recommend: • Triple drug therapy (IDA) for use in countries using diethylcarbamazine + albendazole (DA) in special settings• Annual ivermectin + albendazole (IA) rather than biannual IA in countries endemic for LF and onchocerciasis, except […]

DOLF Scientists Test New Scanner for Measuring Leg Swelling due to Filariasis

In March of 2017, DOLF researchers, Ramakrishna Rao and Philip Budge traveled to Galle, Sri Lanka to test a new portable scanner with the potential to revolutionize the measurement of limbs affected by lymphatic filariasis (LF). The scanner, which is produced by the Atlanta-based startup, LymphaTech, uses infrared scanning technology similar to that found in […]

DOLF Team Attends NTD Summit, Present IDA Results

Donors, endemic countries, researchers and program managers came together at the NTD Summit in Geneva, Switzerland between April 19-22 to celebrate progress and set a path towards meeting the 2020 goals for eliminating neglected tropical diseases.  Five members of the DOLF team attended the NTD Summit to share important results with the NTD community. The […]

Triple-drug Safety Study Reaches Important Milestone

The DOLF project celebrated an important milestone on February 9th. Our Community Based Safety Study of 2-drug vs. 3-drug Therapy for Lymphatic Filariasis completed enrolling and treating 10,000 participants in each of the treatment arms. This achieves the primary objective of the study: measuring the treatment related adverse events following treatment with the 3-drug combination […]

6th DOLF Technical Advisory Team Meeting: April 5th – 6th, 2016 – Geneva, Switzerland

The 6th Annual DOLF Meeting was convened in Geneva, Switzerland and generously hosted by the World Health Organization. Members of the Technical Advisory Team (TAT), DOLF researchers, and scientific collaborators, met on April 5 – 6 to review progress of the DOLF project and to discuss strategic issues for DOLF and for elimination programs for […]

Summer Fieldwork

July 31, 2015 This summer the DOLF team has been busy collecting data from three of our study sites. Washington University in St. Louis investigator, Dr. Peter Fischer, and project manager for operations, Joshua Bogus, were in Côte d’Ivoire for the beginning of the first annual follow-up surveys. For two weeks in June, they joined […]

Recently Published Research from the DOLF Project

April 30, 2015 Conventional Parasitology and DNA-based Diagnostic Methods for Onchocerciasis Elimination Programmes Commonly used methods of diagnosing Onchocerca vululus infections (microscopic detection of microfilaria in skin snips and nodule palpation) are insensitive. Improved methods are needed for monitoring and evaluation of onchocerciasis elimination programs and for clinical diagnosis.This paper reports on the development and […]

DOLF Scientist Present Research Advances at the GAELF Meeting in Addis Ababa

January 30, 2015 The 8th biennial meeting of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF 8) was held in December 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The DOLF team was invited to present important findings at a special session dedicated to operational research. Health ministers and policy experts heard from Drs. Gary Weil and Peter […]

Three papers have recently published findings from the DOLF Project

January 9, 2015   Filarial Antigenemia and Loa loa Night Blood Microfilaremia in an Area Without Bancroftian Filariasis in the Democratic Republic of Congo Elimination of lymphatic filariasis from areas co-endemic for loiasis is a problem, because ivermectin cannot be safely used for mass drug administration. In this study from the Orientale region of the […]

Introduction – Global Health Project Manager for Operations

  Dear Friends and Colleagues: The DOLF project is pleased to announce that Joshua Bogus has joined our team as Global Health Project Manager for Operations. Joshua brings a strong academic background and highly relevant work experience to the project. He holds a Bachelor of International Relations degree from Stanford University and a Master of […]

The DOLF Project Progress Announcement

The DOLF Project (supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) is conducting community MDA studies and clinical trials that aim to optimize treatments for elimination of lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. With 11 field studies in 8 countries in Africa and in the Asian-Pacific region, we are studying the value of accelerated MDA in different […]

2nd DOLF Meeting-19th September 2011-Geneva, Switzerland

DOLF Champions WHO Onchocerciasis Statue Dolf Champions     Left Photo: Lead DOLF Members: Gary Weil, Juerg Utzinger, Michel Boussinesq, Peter Fischer, Chris King, Sebastien Pion, Charles Mackenzie Middle Photo: WHO Onchocerciasis Statue Right Photo: Lead DOLF Members: Charles Mackenzie, Gary Weil, Juerg Utzinger, Chris King, Sebastien Pion The DOLF Champions met with Technical Advisory […]

1st DOLF Meeting: October 11-14th, St. Louis, MO-USA

Top row: Eric Ottesen, Phillip Miller, Peter Fischer, Alex Debrah, Ron Don, Achim Hoerauf, Tom Kanyok, Julie Jacobson, Chris King, Kerstin Fischer, Tania Supali, Sabine Mand, Charles Mackenzie, Dan Goldberg, Kapa Ramaiah, Rao Ramakrishna, Andrew Majewski, Dao-Jun Jiang. Bottom row: Gary Weil, Amy Rush, Yao Sodahlon, Eddie Thomsen, Manasseh Baea, Fatorma Bolay, Amy Klion, Wilma […]