President Kuris, Dr. Healy, Dr. Fayer, fellow members of the Society, colleagues, and friends, it is truly a great honor to accept the 2012 Henry Baldwin Ward Medal. To join a list of 50 or so prominent parasitologists whom I have long admired as a Ward Medal recipient is a very humble experience. I sincerely thank Dr. Fayer for nominating me and Dr. Mark Eberhard and Dr. David Lindsay for supporting the nomination. I am honored to be nominated and supported by these past Ward Medalists or Eminent Parasitologist recipients. I also want to thank the Ward Medal Committee members for putting their faith in me. I hope I can live up to it.

Ron has given a very generous introduction of my career and research background. I will try not to repeat it and bore you with other details. As customarily done in previous acceptance speeches, I will...

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