FWO Bilateral Project

VUB – Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences (Hangzhou, China)

At the VUB, the laboratory of Immunology has been working for several years on the development of diagnostic tools for various parasitic infections. One of these infections affecting mainly cattle and buffalo’s is called Trypanosome evansi, and is present in large parts of South –East China. Combining the knowledge on this parasite that existed at the Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, Hangzhou, with the VUB knowledge on diagnostic development allowed us in 2013 to start up a joined research project. To date, researchers from both VUB and ZAMS have visited each other’s research facilities several times, spending several months working side by side. The last visit of the China representatives to Brussels took place on September 4th-9th, and a joined workshop on trypanosomiasis was organized in Brussels on September 6th 2014. In September 2014, joined field work has been executed in China, involving an IWT postdoctoral fellow from the VUB.

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