Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) is one of the world’s leading institutes for training, research and assistance in tropical human and veterinary medicine and health care in developing countries.The Department of Biomedical Sciences focus on the pathogen including vectors and animal reservoirs. Their main expertise lies in the microbiology and parasitology, molecular biology and epidemiology, immunology and ecology of tropical infectious diseases. Their field of action covers on one side the fundamental and translational laboratory research, and on the other side the biological, ecological and molecular aspects of the transmission and population dynamics of the pathogens, their intermediate hosts and reservoirs in the field. The research strives to better understand the biological, ecological and pathological processes; to translate these processes into new biomedical applications;to develop interventions to control vectors and animal reservoirs.