A profile of research on the parasitic trypanosomatids and the diseases they cause

PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2022 Jan 13;16(1):e0010040. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0010040. eCollection 2022 Jan.


The parasitic trypanosomatids cause lethal and debilitating diseases, the leishmaniases, Chagas disease, and the African trypanosomiases, with major impacts on human and animal health. Sustained research has borne fruit by assisting efforts to reduce the burden of disease and by improving our understanding of fundamental molecular and cell biology. But where has the research primarily been conducted, and which research areas have received the most attention? These questions are addressed below using publication and citation data from the past few decades.

Publication types

  • Review

Grant support

Work in DH’s laboratory is supported by an Investigator Award (217105/Z/19/Z) and a Centre Award (203134/Z/16/Z), both from the Wellcome Trust. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.