The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research was recently awarded funding and approval to test the ability of hookworms to confer a health advantage. There are numerous epidemiological studies showing links between helminth (worm) infections and a reduction in many immune mediated diseases.
The initial trial will determine the type and standard of hookworm to be used in future clinical trials.
For more information about the study and about volunteering - click here.
Prof Graham LeGros and Mali Camberis, who will lead the study (photo from Malaghan Institute)