Wormfree World - Finding New Cures

Raffi V. Aroian | Rita Lim | Yan Hu | Richard Lin | Arash Safavi

UC San Diego

This project was funded on:
21 January 2013
Hookworms affect the lives of more than 400,000,000 men, women and children around the world. The most effective drugs available today work only some of the time, on some of the worms. In fact, these drugs were originally developed for veterinary medicine, not for human treatment.


Budget Overview

100% of our budget will be used in the lab to test potential cure compounds.

Meet the Researcher


Raffi Aroian, founder and Chairman of the Wormfree World Institute completed his postdoctoral studies at University of California, San Francisco, where he was a Helen Hayes Whitney Fellow and a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow of the American Cancer Society. He is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at University of California San Diego, where he has been a faculty for over 15 years. He was a recipient of a New Investigators Award in Toxicological Sciences from the Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation and a Beckman Foundation Young Investigator. He has published more than 40 papers in scientific journals on roundworms.

Project Backers

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