Infectious Diseases and Global Health


The global reach of Washington University extends to sub-Saharan Africa. Mark Manary, MD, the Helene B. Roberson Professor of Pediatrics, developed a revolutionary peanut butter-based therapeutic food to combat severe childhood malnutrition. A proven lifesaver with a 95 percent recovery rate, the blend has become standard treatment worldwide.


Improving health is among the world’s most pressing challenges,

and infectious diseases research has become one of the largest areas of concentration within the School of Medicine. As new diseases appear, there is an ever-greater risk of rapid transmission and spread of infection. By traveling to foreign countries to provide basic health care or by offering programs in St. Louis aimed at preventing sexually transmitted diseases, our faculty, students and staff are dedicated to making a difference — locally, nationally and globally.

Research in the gut microbiome, hospital-acquired infections, and parasitic diseases are but a few examples of the breadth and depth of our leadership. The potential to solve some of the most vexing questions of population health is growing as our research teams forge a rapid pace toward discoveries.

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