Ebola is a deadly virus that was co-discovered in 1976 by ITM researchers Guido van der Groen and Peter Piot at the time of the first known outbreak in Yambuku, Zaire.
The ITM made a name for itself during subsequent epidemics as well. For example, Dr Bob Colebunders helped combat the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in Kikwit (Zaire). During the unprecedented epidemic in West Africa (2014-2015), Prof. Johan Van Griensven coordinated a large-scale European research project on the treatment of Ebola, Prof. Kevin Ariën (head of virology) ensured that the disease could be diagnosed in Antwerp, and ITM physician Erika Vlieghe acted as Belgium’s national Ebola coordinator.