Neglected tropical diseases

Dr Frank O. Richards Jr

Dr. Richards is the Director of the river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and malaria programmes at The Carter Center. An expert in parasitic and tropical diseases, he has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa.

Dr Richards spent 23 years with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he focused on parasitic disease control and eradication. He is the recipient of many awards, including the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's Bailey K. Ashford Medal.

He has also authored or co-authored more than 180 articles, letters, and chapters and holds faculty appointments in the School of Public Health and School of Medicine at Emory University.