by Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics and the University Professor of Biology at Baylor University.

I spent many of my teenage years living in Malawi, enjoying swimming in beautiful Lake Malawi. Wind on to age 30, and I was struggling to get pregnant. Eventually, following illness, I was diagnosed with schistosomiasis by a consultant and colleague at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Sm-TSP-2 Schistosomiasis Vaccine Begins

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 3, 2015 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) today released an update on a Phase 1 clinical trial of its vaccine candidate to prevent intestinal schistosomiasis, Sm-TSP-2/Alhydrogel®. Schistosomiasis is one of the most pervasive neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affecting the world’s poorest communities. The Sabin PDP is based at the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas.