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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 flair 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 scienfitic research in America, to the discovery of ivermecting and its global impact.

This is a public project of the Royal Irish Academy supported by the RDS in collaboration with Irish Aid and Sightsavers Ireland.