New EU Grants to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases


The Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, through the Director, Prof. Achim Hörauf received 2 EU grants in collaborations with research partners from Europe, Africa and America to fight neglected tropical diseases.

Nodding Syndrome: a trans-disciplinary approach to identify the cause and decrease the incidence of river epilepsy
This aims to discover the cause of Nodding syndrome (NS) which is a neurological, incurable syndrome, currently affecting mainly children between 5 and 15 years of age in South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. The disease is found in regions where Ochorcerciasis is endemic and transmitted by the blackfly which is also the vector of filarial worm Onchorcerca volvulus.
More information available here: Horizon 2020 NSETHIO

Collaboration for innovation: Establishment of a pan-nematode drug development platform
This grant was awarded for search and test for new drugs that will eliminate or sterilize adult worms. The scientists will target soil transmitted worms and Onchocerciasis which causes river blindness. More information available here: establishment of a pan-nematode drug development platform

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 12:00

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