Biomedical Research Institute

The Schistosomiasis Resource Center at the Biomedical Research Institute is a unique schistosomiasis research supply laboratory funded by the NIAID (NIAID-NIH)

The SRC provides Schistosoma life cycle reagents free of charge to scientists, students, biotech and independent investigators in the U.S. and around the world.

Schistosomiasis Life Cycle

Schistosomiasis Life Cycle

Life cycle drawing courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) is an infectious disease caused by a parasitic worm. The disease is transmitted by snails living in freshwater rivers and ponds in the tropical areas of the world including Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Philippines. Researchers investigating schistosomiasis come to the BRI website to request reagents that are shipped directly from our laboratory.

A team of SRC technicians propagate and maintain several of the Schistosoma life cycles (as seen in the CDC image, above) so that we can supply you with reagents that will advance your project:

Schistosomiasis Reagents

In addition to fostering the development of schistosomiasis research, the SRC offers technical assistance to other laboratories on snail propagation and maintenance, parasite collection and animal infection protocols.

To order reagents from the Schistosomiasis Resource Center, please contact the SRC at or go to the “SR3” link on the BEI Resources website to view the catalog of reagents available for your projects.