This thematic volume provides authoritative, up-to-date reviews addressing recent advances as well as an overview for the research and clinical communities on the endemic infection of Chagas disease. Lead researchers discuss epidemiology and control measures as well as various diagnosis techniques, treatments, and therapies currently being used. The text includes a history of Chagas disease and an outlook for the next century.


Key Features

  • Informs and updates on all the latest developments in the field
  • Contributions from leading authorities and industry experts


Researchers in parasitology, tropical medicine and entomology.

Table of Contents

Series Editors



Epidemiology of American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas Disease)

1.1. Historical Background

1.2. Mechanisms of Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi

1.3. Epizootiology of Trypanosoma cruzi

1.4. Epidemiology of Human Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in the Endemic Countries

1.5. Epidemiology of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in the United States

1.6. Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in Non-Endemic Countries Other than the United States

1.7. Perspectives on the Control of Chagas Disease

Acute and Congenital Chagas Disease

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Acute Phase

2.3. Clinical and Diagnostic Aspects of Congenital Trypanosoma cruzi Infection

2.4. Antitrypanosomal Drug Treatment

2.5. Epidemiology of Congenital Chagas Disease

2.6. Approaches to the Control of Congenital Chagas Disease

2.7. Conclusions

Cell-Based Therapy in Chagas Disease

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Cell Therapy in Cardiac Diseases

3.3. Cell Therapy in Chagas Disease

3.4. Clinical Trials

3.5. Future Perspectives for Cell-Based Therapies in Chagas Disease

Targeting Trypanosoma cruzi Sterol 14α-Demethylase (CYP51)

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Sterol Biosynthesis

4.3. Potential Drug Targets in the Pathway

4.4. Trypanosoma cruzi Sterol 14α-Demethylase (CYP51)

4.5. Inhibitors of Trypanosoma cruzi CYP51

4.6. Structural Basis for CYP51 Druggability

4.7. Anti-Parasitic Effects of CYP51 Inhibition in Trypanosoma cruzi


Experimental Chemotherapy and Approaches to Drug Discovery for Trypanosoma cruzi Infection

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Compound Selection

5.3. In Vitro Efficacy Testing

5.4. Toxicity Testing

5.5. In Vivo Efficacy Testing

5.6. Testing for Drug-Like Propertie


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About the serial-volume-editors

Herbert Tanowitz

Affiliations and Expertise

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Louis M. Weiss

Louis M. Weiss M.D., M.P.H is Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases) and Professor of Pathology (Division of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine) of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Dr. Weiss received his M.D. and M.P.H degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in 1982. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following this fellowship, he joined the faculty at Einstein where he is currently a Professor of Pathology and Medicine. His laboratory group has an active research program on parasitic diseases with a research focus on Toxoplasma gondii, the Microsporidia and Trypanosoma cruzi. Dr. Weiss is the author of over 200 publications and the editor of 3 books on parasitology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Weiss is the Co-Director of the Einstein Global Health Center.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, U.S.A.

About the series-volume-editor


"One is struck by the quality and scholarship of the various chapters and the obviously efficient editing."
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