Scientific progress in the fields of tropical medicine and international health is at the heart of ITM’s academic mission. Our research activities range from basic to operational research and, ultimately, all aim to tackle important health challenges. We focus particularly on low-resource settings and vulnerable populations.

Our research ambitions

Laurens Liesenborghs during the mpox outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Researching (re-)emerging infections and outbreaks


Designing sustainable health systems and strategies


Taking on antimicrobial resistance


Accelerating disease elimination



The activities of our three scientific departments are centered around Pathogens, Patients and Populations.



Our 194 scientists all have their own fields of expertise and pursuits. They can count on support from our administrative and technical staff.



We host a large number of international reference laboratories.

Research themes

Over the past decades, the institute was able to build in-depth knowledge in several key areas.

Research projects

Through our involvement in various projects, we contribute to fundamental scientific research and capacity strengthening in the world.

Vietnam_NIMPE officer collecting blood samples in a village in Ninh Thuan province

Partnerships around the world

ITM works with 24 partners across three continents. We conduct joint research, develop joint course curricula and offer mobility grants to staff, to name but a few initiatives.

Discover our extensive international network


Discover 30.000 books and e-books on tropical medicine and international health.

Research portal

Discover everything there is to know about the research areas, publications and projects of our scientists and researchers.


Datahub offers a selection of open access materials developed at ITM and elsewhere which you can use for research and training.