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In 2015-2016, IPH and ITM researchers engaged with professional filmmaker Lode Desmet. The resulting ‘Health in All’ documentary makes a case for a 'Health in All' approach, starting from the realities and needs as voiced by members of tribal communities.

ITM is looking for the causes of fever during travel to the tropics. Over the next two years, Dr. Ralph Huits and his colleagues will follow thousands of volunteers before, during and after their trips to Africa, Asia and Latin America. The ITM study is the first of its kind worldwide.

Op 5 juni 1981 berichtte het Amerikaanse CDC over een groep van 5 mannen die een aantal ongewone infecties kregen, wat wees op een immuunprobleem. Na verloop van tijd kreeg de ziekte de naam 'aids', oftewel 'acquired immune deficiency syndrome', wat staat voor 'verworven immuundeficiëntiesyndroom'. ITG-onderzoekster Marie Laga vertelt in een interview van De Redactie over de huidige epidemie, de wetenschappelijke vorderingen en de uitdagingen die ons nog wachten om de epidemie te bestrijden.

A molecular diagnostic test for the Ebola Zaire virus which was co-developed by Biocartis NV, Janssen Diagnostics and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp has received Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Patrick Soentjens and Dr. Ula Maniewski are jointly coordinating the activities of the ITM’s travel clinic. They explain what travellers to Brazil should be aware of.

The discovery of penicillin has led to a sharp decline of syphilis around the world, except in Africa. In a new study, Prof. Chris Kenyon of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) describes the different rates of decline of syphilis around the world.

Only very few scientists have the opportunity to make a drastic improvement in the chances of survival of thousands of patients all over the world. ITM researcher Dr Armand Van Deun is one such scientist. On 12 May 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced a combination of medicines developed by Van Deun as a standard treatment for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

The 13th International Meeting Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases (MEEGID XIII) is the leading conference on molecular evolution of all pathogens, including viruses, pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites and prions.

ITM is starting a new campaign to coincide with World Malaria Day (25 April). The campaign will inform people from malaria-infected regions about the risks of malaria when they go back and visit their native country. ITM physicians have noticed that travellers of African origin frequently underestimate the danger of contracting malaria.

Head of ITM’s Unit of Malariology Anna Rosanas is no lab rat. Originally from Catalunya, Spain, the dedicated scientist sees life through both the microscopic lens of a molecular biologist with a background in genetics and the bird’s eye view of an epidemiologist.

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