Welcome to OnchoNET, the onchocerciasis information repository. Onchocerciasis is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting over 18 million people. From 1985 to 2000, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation sponsored an international initiative to develop a vaccine for onchocerciasis, including the River Blindness Genome Project (RBGP) directed by Dr. Steven A. Williams (1995 to 2000).

The RBGP is currently being funded by the A. K. Watson Trust (1999-2003).

Now, the powerful research tools available on the Internet have been organized

in OnchoNET. Please click on the links below to access pages related to the listed topics.
This page was last modified on October 20 2003. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Please email me wli@smith.edu).

This site is written and maintained by Dr. Wen Li, Dr. Véronique Vouille and Dr. Steven A. Williams at the Clark Science Center, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063. This site was originally created by David Guiliano in collaboration with Dr. Cathy Steel and Dr. Steven Williams.