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About the institute

Tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and inadequate health care affect the lives of billions of people worldwide.

Global Science for Health Worldwide

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp strives for continuous advancement of science and health, focusing on innovative research, advanced education, professional services and capacity strengthening of our partner institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

For us, scientific excellence and societal impact are two sides of the same coin.

Our ambitions

Dedication beyond borders

The mission and key values are at the foundation of all ITM's activities and endeavours.

Our mission and values
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Become a healthtropist!

Our mission is to deliver science for worldwide health, an endeavour to which you can contribute as well. Help us face the many health challenges in the world.

Discover how

ITM throughout time

The Institute for Tropical Medicine was established over a century ago. It all started with the training of doctors and nurses to work in the DRC; now we are internationally renowned in the fields of education, medicine, science and world health.


Our buildings

We pursue our noble goals from two protected monuments, an Art Deco gem complemented with a 17th century monastery.


Paintings by Allard L'Olivier

The paintings in the Institute of Tropical Medicine were done by Fernand Allard L'Olivier (or 'FALO', the acronym by which Allard L'Olivier signed his paintings). They were made for the 1930 World's Fair in Antwerp before residing in ITM.


Creating space for groundbreaking exchange

Every year, we organise a multi-day scientific colloquium about a topic in the field of tropical medicine and international health (care).

(Re)visit our colloquia


You need to make an appointment at our clinic to receive medical advice, but there are a few other ways you can get in touch.


Are you a journalist and would you like to get in touch with one of our experts? Our Belgian and international doctors and scientists are happy to share their expertise.