THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
Catching the worm
William C. Campbell's quiet retirement changed abruptly when, at the age of 85, he won a Nobel Prize for his work on the discovery of ivermectin. Ivermectin has transformed the lives of millions who suffered from river blindness, and is now being investigated for possible use against COVID-19. In this exhibition, we want to give you a flavour of the story that Bill, together with Claire O'Connell, tells in his memoir Catching the worm: from his childhood in Donegal, the heights of scientific research in America, to the discovery of ivermectin and its global impact.