Current research

Current studies (and organisations) include -

  • To what extent is podoconiosis a public health problem in Guatemala and Costa Rica?  (Centro de Estudios en Salud, Universidad del Valle, Guatemala and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK). Funded by the University of Sussex.
     
  • The Global Atlas of Podoconiosis (Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK, and the Institute of Health Metrics & Evaluation, Seattle, USA. Funded by the Wellcome Trust.
     
  • Doxycycline for treatment of non-filarial LE due to podoconiosis - a randomized, placebo controlled pilot trial. (University of Buea, Cameroon and Universitätsklinikum, Bonn, Germany). Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
     
  • Co-endemicity of trachoma, cataract and podoconiosis in northern Ethiopia. (Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK). Funded by the Association of Physicians, UK.
     
  • Macrophage responses to endemic and non-endemic soils. (Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK).
     
  • Validation of a combined geo-epidemiological approach to sampling for a geo-chemical disease. (University of Buea, Cameroon, Natural History Museum, London, UK, Imperial College London, UK and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK). Funded by the Wellcome Trust.
     
  • Impact of podoconiosis on food security. (Debre Markos University, Ethiopia).
     
  • Intimate partner violence among podoconiosis patients. (Debre Markos University, Ethiopia, and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK).
     
  • Investigation into vasoendothelial growth factor levels in podoconiosis and lymphatic filariasis patients (University of Buea, Cameroon).
     
  • Enhancing Ethiopian youths' literacy about the gene x environment contributions to health using the context of podoconiosis (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Mossy Foot International, Ethiopia, Emory University, USA and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK). Funded by H3Africa.
     
  • GoLBeT [Gojjam Lymphoedema Best practice Trial]: A study of the effectiveness of treatment for podoconiosis, Randomised controlled trial of podoconiosis treatment in northern Ethiopia. Funded by the MRC/DfID/Wellcome Trust Joint Global Health Trials Initiative.
     
  • Exploring the socio-ethical dilemmas around use of an ‘abandoned’ podoconiosis archive. (Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK).
     
  • Discovering podoconiosis susceptibility genes (Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Ethiopia, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK, University of Buea, Cameroon, and National Institutes of Health, USA). Funded by the UK MRC.

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