Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Victoria Lake Zone
Korea (KMSA) - Chungbuk University, Cheongju
Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine
Prof. Kee-seon S EOM
Porf. Kee-seon S EOM
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Victoria Lake Zone is one of the most serious endemic areas of tropical and neglected tropical diseases which threatens human beings. The goal of the project is to control urinary/intestinal schistosomiasis and intestinal helminthiasis in Victoria Lake Zone (VLZ) and inland Tanzania where those NTDs are prevalent. Subjects are Primary and Middle School students and adult community members in Mwanza City and all VLZ.
What is the aim of the project?
The project aims analyzing epidemiological data with comparative analysis among helminthiasis according to their geographic localities: inland or lake zone area between urinary and intestinal schistosomiasis as well as hookworms/helminthic diseases which will lead to establish NTDs prevention/control strategy.
What techniques and methods are used?
Analyze raw data obtained from VLZ to make tables and figures which will be used in scientific paper; molecular diagnosis using nucleotide sequences will be used for differential characterization of the disease agents.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Students participate actively in analyzing raw data collected from VLZ which contain microscopic helminth ova observation and ultrasonography of the subjected people. He/She has to perform DNA sequence analysis of the parasite materials to make differential diagnosis under supervision.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Basic concept of (neglected) tropical diseases will be lectured and lab techniques for DNA analysis as well.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Basic knowledge on infectious diseases and molecular biology. And the student should have passed General Biology.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Helminthiases of students and community members in the endemic areas of Victoria Lake Zone