In addition to infecting the blood, trypanosomes (the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness) can lie dormant in the skin. This could be an important source of infection and explain why we have so far failed to eradicate this important disease.
Research carried out at the WTCMP by former colleagues Professor Jeremy Mottram and Dr Elmarie Myburgh has contributed to an important development in the treatment of leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness and Chagas disease. The results have just been published in a paper in the journal Nature.
This inaugural session is currently taking place in Bern Switzerland and will have participants from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.