Research to target neglected infectious diseases in Brazil
Thursday, 17 March 2016
In recent weeks, we have focused on four new research projects at Oxford Brookes which have received grants from the Newton Fund.
In this latest update we look at the UK-Brazil
Neglected Infectious Diseases Partnership,
being conducted by researchers from the University’s Department of
Biological and Medical Sciences.
The project’s Principle Investigator Dr Sue Vaughan
explains: “The Medical Research Council invited applications to the UK-Brazil
Neglected Infectious Diseases Partnership call as part of the Newton Fund. This
initiative provides funding for collaborative research projects focussed on
neglected infectious diseases in Brazil.
“The funders were specifically looking for proposals
that targeted biomedical, social and/or economic research studies in neglected
infectious diseases that place a significant burden upon the poorest and most
vulnerable in Brazilian society.
“A grant worth £324K, split between Oxford Brookes
and the University of Oxford with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro was
awarded for collaboration working on two closely related neglected tropical disease
parasites - Trypanosoma cruzi and T. brucei.
“The collaborative project is designed to share
expertise on microscopy and develop molecular biology tools whilst asking
specific structure and function questions on the role of the flagellar pocket
“I will coordinate researcher visits between the UK
and Brazil over a three year period and organise a mini symposium which will
bring together all research groups and other international researchers in 2017.”
Research undertaken as part of the Newton Fund aims
to support science and innovation partnerships which promote the economic
development and welfare of targeted developing countries.
The funding is a further example of Oxford Brookes
supporting its strategic goal of being “committed to international and
world-leading research that is exploited and disseminated for the benefit of
Professor Linda King, Pro Vice
Chancellor Research & Global Partnerships, commented: “The strength of
research at Oxford Brookes continues to grow and is increasingly global in its
scope. We’re growing our international collaborations which are having an
increasing impact around the world and I look forward to following the progress
of this project.”
We’ll continue to update on progress
of the four projects - further information on research at Oxford Brookes is
available at www.brookes.ac.uk/research