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Travel Blogging with the Leishmania Parasite

Para-site-seeing is a travel blogging portal for the Leishmania parasite, created by Jen Southern and Rod Dillon and co-commissioned with NEoN and the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research.  This travel blogging site follows the movements of parasites between humans, dogs, insects and laboratory lives, across the world and through time. The lifespan of the Leishmania parasite is entangled with the social, economic, and political situations it appears in, follow us now to see these stories unfold.

If you’re visiting Neon festival drop in to the welcome hub and activity centre in the Wellgate Shopping Centre to take a cellfie with the parasites, and upload to Instagram with the #parasiteseeing hashtag to appear on the website.

The eight Leishmania narratives are unfolding through their social media streams from 4 – 20 November; follow them now for daily updates on their travels!

@Freezr_ Cat3 on Youtube

Join us on Youtube to follow our out of body travels around the lab at the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research in Dundee. We spend most of our time in cyro, biding our time before we can ride those crazy machines. Buckle up!

@Sand_Flyer on Instagram

Prepare for boarding at gate 3 for adventures in the sand fly labs at Lancaster.

@Leishmania.we on Instagram

Hey! It’s Leah Leishmania here, travelling with my friends and family in the wild! See the sights, hear the sounds, and snuggle up for the journey of a lifespan.

@Elektra_Dominica on Instagram

Blogging for over 150 million years, stuck in a piece of amber. It’s slow going, but the views are great.

@LdBOB72 on Twitter

Ever wondered where you came from? This is our search for our ancestors and to find out why on earth we’re called LdBOB!

@Ghosthorde on Twitter

Ssssshh! Don’t tell anyone! I’m travelling undercover on this Leishmania website. Come with me and find out why.

Unleished blog @

Inspired by Dundee’s ‘two intrepid ladies’ we set out to travel around the world and through time in search of our fellow Leishmania.

Visceral Media on Facebook

Visceral Media is a group that follows how leishmaniasis is represented in news and video media. We seek out the stories that give us, Leishmania parasites, a bad name. If you find any stories out there share them with our admin Kala Azar.