Close your doors for a tropical parasite


About the research

Every year 300,000 people - as many as the number of inhabitants of Antwerp - contract the tropical disease Leishmaniasis. Still, chances are that you have never heard of the Leishmania parasite, because this deadly disease gets little attention. So Lieselotte Van Bockstal (UAntwerp- FWO) decided to devote her entire doctorate to it.

Lieselotte Van Bockstal
FWO - UAntwerpen

Being born on World Animal Day, crazy about animals and nature Lieselotte Van Bockstal started her studies Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University. Especially the infectious, zoonotic diseases, which can be transmitted between humans and animals got her interest. Therefore she did not hesitate to start a PhD in Parasitology at the University of Antwerp. Her research focusses on the odd Leishmania parasite causing a deadly disease in dogs and humans. More specific, she is looking for new treatment options because resistance is a major problem in the few current therapies. In this way Lieselotte wants to contribute to the “one health” approach, where multiple disciplines work together to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment.

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