Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Parasitic Helminths and Zoonoses - From Basic to Applied Research

Jorge Morales-Montor

National Autonomous University of Mexico

A pioneering researcher in host-parasite interactions, particularly the neuroimmuneendocrine network. Dr. Morales-Montor is appointed as head of the Laboratory of Neuroimmunoendocrine Interactions, is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the American Association of Immunologist,s and the President of the Mexican Society of Parasitology and the Mexican Society of Neuroimmunoendocrinology.


Víctor Hugo Del Río-Araiza

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr. Del Río Araiza's research interests include veterinary parasitology and parasitic diseases and is in charge of the laboratory of Endocrine-Immune Interactions in Parasitic Diseases. He is a member of the Mexican Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and of the Mexican Society of Neuroimmunoendocrinology.

Romel Hernández Bello

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Dr. Hernandez-Bello's research interests range within molecular parasitology, immunoendocrinology, and immunomodulation. He is currently developing scientific research on molecular proteins of helminth parasites which are implicated in the immunomodulation against cancer.


Host-Parasite Networks Mechanisms of Infection Zoonosis Antibodies Immune Evasion Molecular Networks Drug Targets Transcriptomics Proteomics of Helminths Parasite Biology Anti-helminthic Drugs Vaccine Development

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About the book

In the 21st century, infection with helminths still threatens human health in both developing and developed countries. The World Health Organization recently reported that infectious diseases are directly responsible for 15% of all deaths worldwide, making them a challenging area of investigation. In addition to bacteria and viruses, eukaryotic parasites, specifically, helminths also produce a large range of symptoms that can lead to disfiguring, debilitating, and lethal diseases. Among them, the helminth Schistosoma mansoni which is responsible for schistosomiasis is the highest cause of death by helminths. Other relevant eukaryotic parasites that significantly contribute to morbidity and mortality worldwide include Filarial worms, Echinococcus and Taenia. Antiparasitic drugs are available, but the existence of adverse effects and resistance events may jeopardize the efficient control of these infectious diseases. Moreover, no vaccines currently exist. Genome sequence analysis and multi-omics strategies mainly based on transcriptomics and proteomics have contributed a lot to extending our knowledge of helminths biology, virulence, and host-interactions. However, it is the computational integration of multi-omics data that will help us elucidate the molecular networks supporting these living systems, providing key elements for the development of more effective prevention, prophylaxis, diagnosis, and treatment.

In this book, we therefore aim to present the current landscape of helminths research that threaten human and other animal of veterinary importance health. We aim to bring together recent studies performed in helminth parasites, to gain new insights about parasite biology, host-parasite interactions, and potential targets for the development of novel drugs or vaccines. We welcome chapters, on host-helminths interactions, immune response to helminths, molecular biology of helminths, helminths omics, basic biology of helminths and their detection, diagnostics and drug development in research. Thus, this book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in helminths research, featuring an easy-to-follow, vignette-based format that focuses on the most important evidence-based developments in this critically important area of research.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 21st 2021

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Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: October 19th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: December 18th 2021

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Review results due: March 8th 2022

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Expected publication date: May 7th 2022

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About the editor

Jorge Morales-Montor

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr. Jorge Morales-Montor was recognized with the Lola and Igo Flisser PUIS Award for best graduate thesis at the national level in the field of ​​parasitology. He received a fellowship from the Fogarty Foundation to perform postdoctoral research stay at the University of Georgia. He has 153 journal articles to his credit. He has also edited several books and published more than fifty-five book chapters. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Latin American Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine. He has received more than thirty-five awards and has supervised numerous bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. students. Dr. Morales-Montor is the past president of the Mexican Society of Parasitology.

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