1,5 million euros to work on neglected tropical and poverty related diseases

30 July 2019• NEWSITEM

Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the TU Delft received 1,5 million euro to fight neglected tropical and poverty related diseases. They will work on two projects: one on smart diagnostics for malaria, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths and another on controlled human helminth infection.

In the first project titled ‘INSPiRED’ researchers from the LUMC department of Parasitology, part of Leiden University Center of Infectious Diseases, have started working with colleagues at TU Delft, CERMEL (Gabon), University of Lagos (Nigeria) and University of Ibadan (Nigeria) to develop and validate innovative diagnostic devices for poverty related parasitic infections. 

Examples are a 3D-printed frugal centrifuge, a 3D printed device that uses a smartphone and an imaging device that uses an algorithm to analyse a urine sample. All devices can easily be used by local health workers in rural areas.

Testing in real life setting

With this funding they will further develop new devices as well as take these prototypes and launch their testing in real life setting in endemic areas to strengthen the health care and through big data help policy makers to more effectively fight these diseases.

Controlled human infection model

In the second project titled ‘CHIinAfrica’ , the members of the department of Parasitology will work together with researchers in Gabon and Uganda. The Leiden researchers have pioneered a number of controlled human helminth infection models for vaccine testing. Using this grant, they will implement these models in endemic areas, where vaccines are needed.

Both projects have been funded by NWO-WOTRO through their ‘Sustainable Development Goal research initiative - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research’.  

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