Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT)

IHMT is a NOVA University Lisbon (UNL) Unit, with a strong research and development component recently congregated in a new R&D FCT Centre – GHTM (Global Health and Tropical Medicine). During 2014, GHTM was submitted for evaluation to the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and obtained a classification of Excellent. GHTM brings together researchers with a track record in Tropical Medicine and International/Global Health and aims at tackling neglected and emerging diseases under a multidisciplinary approach and covering aspects from basic biomedical research to public health policies. IHMT has been at the forefront of research on tropical diseases, often within networks and partnership projects, warranting IHMT a strong international presence.

Over the past 5 years, our research team was involved in 79 funded projects, 71% led by IHMT. FCT has been the major funder but other national and international sources represent 39% of the budget. GHTM relatively small scientific team (48 Full time equivalent doctorates - ETI), have been able to obtain an average of 1.1M€/year of competitive funding. From 2010-14 IHMT published 75 books/book chapters and 591 research papers in indexed international journals: 2.5 articles/ETI/year with an average Impact Factor of 3.034 (ranging from 0.3-33.1). IHMT facilities include accredited animal house, insectaries, BSL3 labs and a network of collaborative field laboratories and access to cutting edge equipment through an extensive network of national and international collaborations.

Euroleish.net involvement: lead by Dr. Isabel Mauricio, IHMT is in charge of secondments for for projects 1.1 (selection of growth of strains, production of some transgenics) and 1.3 (genotype studies on relapses).


Projects

1.1 Models of chronicity, sequestration, treatment response and recrudescence

Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), Lisboa, Portugal - Microsens Diagnostic Ltd., London, United Kingdom - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom

1.3 Novel models for the development of treatments for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT), Lisboa, Portugal - Pharmidex Pharmaceutical Services Ltd., London, United Kingdom - University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, United Kingdom