Organisation profile

Introduction

The focus of the unit lies on zoonotic helminthiasis, such as taeniasis/cysticercosis, fascioliasis, fish-borne trematodiasis, trichinellosis. It studies the factors that drive parasite interactions with their human/animal/intermediate hosts and the environment, by conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal epidemiological studies, thereby using parasitological, serological and molecular tools. The unit of veterinary helmintology compares situations in different epidemiological and geographical settings. It is evaluating control and elimination strategies for T. solium in different epidemiological settings.

The laboratory is National Reference Centre for diagnosis of trichinellosis and other parasite zoonoses.

The Unit is led by Pierre Dorny.

 

Main research topics

  • Develop, evaluate and validate specific tools (parasitological, serological and molecular) for diagnosis of taeniosis/cysticercosis, which will help to better understand transmission patterns, monitor interventions and assist in individual diagnosis and disease management.
  • Document on the impact of cysticercosis on public health.
  • Study transmission dynamics of taeniosis/cysticercosis in various epidemiological situations.
  • Design, implement and monitor intervention studies of taeniosis/cysticercosis.
  • Strengthen the interaction of our research and clinical aspects of cysticercosis.
  • Study the epidemiology of emerging parasitic zoonoses.
  • Assist in diagnosis, research and monitoring of parasitic zoonoses in developing countries.

Contact information

Nationalestraat 155
2000
Antwerpen
Belgium
Nationalestraat 155
2000
Antwerpen
Belgium
  • Phone: +32(0)32476394

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