Faculty of Medicine, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (University of Dakar), Senegal
The University of Dakar is one of the largest universities in Africa, with over 50,000 students. It has active medical and science faculties. The Department of Parasitology has four professors and five associate professors, and currently hosts about 10 PhD students from the Faculties of Medicine or Science.
The main focus of research in the department is malaria. The department has clinical trials sites at Hôpital Roi Baudoin to the north of Dakar, and field site at Ker Socé to the south. The department has strong links with several international organisations, including WHO, USAID, UNICEF, IRD and LSHTM. The department is currently hosting a large trial of intermittent preventive treatment in children supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The vision of the department is to become a centre of excellence in malaria research and training, with a strong postgraduate program that serves as a model for other countries in Africa.
Malaria research activities
The parasitology research activities currently being undertaken include:
Molecular approaches to investigating P. falciparum resistance and mapping of drug resistance
Pathogenesis mechanisms, malaria susceptibility, clinical characterization of malaria, severe malaria, malaria in pregnancy
Parasitic interaction with malaria; coinfections with schistosomes and helminths
Malaria drug development; clinical assays
In vitro evaluation of medicinal plants for malaria activity
In vitro drug activity evaluation; Deli test, Dapi, radioisotopic methods
Diagnostic strategies for malaria; serodiagnostic, rapid diagnostic tests
Malaria and the environment; sociology, geography and economics analysis
Preventive strategies in malaria (IPTi, IPTc, IPTp); efficacy and safety studies, immunology studies and studies on the cost effectiveness of strategies
Home based management of malaria
Epidemiology and surveillance of malaria
Preparation for vaccine trials
The entomology research activities currently being undertaken include:
Genetic studies of Anopheles gambiae complex
Bioecology and vectorial capacities of M and S molecular forms of An. gambiae s.s.
The genetics of Anopheles funestus populations and their vectorial capacity
Vector control (IRS, ITNs); testing the efficacy of insecticides