organised a successful session @ ECTMIH 2017

The session was titled: "Training on neglected tropical diseases: Are you brave or crazy?" Six PhD students presented perspectives about research training on NTDs, including three EuroLeish fellows: Aya Hefnawy, Bruno Bremer Hinckel, and Temmy Sunyoto.

17 octubre 2017

Conducting research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is challenging. NTDs are usually underfunded and may be a risky bet as a long-term career compared to other tropical diseases. But some young researchers still chose to enroll training programs on NTDs. Are they brave or crazy? In this session we heard the experience of young researchers currently being trained on NTDs: why did they decide to work on NTDs? Will they continue working on NTDs? At the end of the session participants debated on strategies to attract students, and further NTDs training and research.


The session was coordinated by Albert Picado, ISGlobal / FIND, and Núria Casamitjana from ISGlobal in Barcelona.




Temmy Sunyoto

1Dept. of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; 2Médecins sans Frontières Campaign for Access to Medicines, Geneva, Switzerland

Bruno Bremer Hinckel

1Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium; 2Coris BioConcept, Gembloux, Belgium

Aya Hefnawy

Institute of Tropical Medicine

María del Mar Castro Noriega

1Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM), Cali, Colombia;  2 EDCTP/TDR Fellow, European Vaccine Initiative, Heidelberg, Germany

Victoria Macleod Austin

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

Raquel Gonçalves

University of Warwick


Three of the panelists are EuroLeish fellows: Aya Hefnawy, Bruno Bremer Hinckel, and Temmy Sunyoto.