Research to target neglected infectious diseases in Brazil

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Newton Fund logo 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 in pathogenicity.

“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 our communities.”

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/