Science Inspires Series: Bouchat to Present on River Blindness, September 14

Posted on 9/5/2017 3:14:51 PM

Person afflicted with River Blindness being led past a hutThe College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and IUP’s Chapter of Sigma Xi invite you to this semester’s first presentation of the Science Inspires Series. Rachelle “Shelly” Bouchat from the Mathematics Department will begin the semester’s Science Inspires Series with a presentation titled “Using Mathematics to Model the Treatment of River Blindness.”

The talk is scheduled for September 14, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall, Room 247. 


River Blindness is a disease that has a huge economic impact in sub-Saharan Africa. It is spread through the transmission of microfilaria through the bite of a black fly. There is a known treatment, through the drug Ivermectin, that is provided free of charge by Merck & Co. through the Mectizan Donation Program.

This talk features research that uses mathematical modeling to investigate the minimum treatment standards to achieve eventual eradication.