Tropical Disease Cooperative Research Network

Infectious diseases are the second cause of morbi-mortality in the world and the leading one in developing countries. Furthermore, these diseases, known as tropical diseases and the majority of which are parasitary, are the cause of poverty and underdevelopment in those countries.

World expenditure on health research has increased notably over recent years, up from 30 billion US dollars in 1986 to the current figure of 105.9. The paradox is that 90% of this money is spent on health problems that affect less than 10% of the world’s population (10/90 gap).

The WHO’s Tropical Disease Research Programme (TDR) has catalogued eight priority diseases neglected by the pharmaceutical industry, which therefore does not invest in their research: malaria, trypanosomiasis (African or Sleeping Sickness and American or Chagas Disease), schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, leprosy and – since 2000- tuberculosis and dengue.

The initiative to develop a Tropical Disease Cooperative Research (RICET) emerged in keeping with this line in 2002. It seeks to research these pathologies, traditionally linked to low-income countries and which have also begun to be present in the Spanish National Health System (SNS) as a result of increased international mobility.

RICET has managed to bring together outstanding researchers specialised in Tropical Medicine and Neglected or Forgotten Diseases. RICET’s main objective is to support the SNS in the diagnostics, treatment and control of neglected and tropical diseases, by means of research and training.Synergies are thus fostered between the different research groups, by facilitating the use of shared resources and associated staff, which provides an added value to the research.

The RICEToperates by means of:

  1. a cooperative research project between the different Groups and Centres that comprise the Strategic Plan or Network divided into Programmes,
  2. an infrastructure network to share the required research resources,
  3. an Animal Experimentation Platform and
  4. Research Centres in low-income tropical countries, set up by RICET research groups and their international associates.

The specific objectives of the RICET Research Programme include improving diagnostics, looking for new therapeutic formulae both at a pharmaceutical-chemical level and when developing new vaccines and immunotherapies, studying and recommending control measures, and furthering the study of the relationships between the etiological agent of the disease, host and, where applicable, the vectors that transmit them.

The established basic research lines are:

  1. Diagnostics, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  2. Host-parasite interactions and Pathophysiology
  3. Studies on vectors and reservoirs
  4. Therapeutic/Resistance (use of genomics, proteomics, pharma-genomics and pharma-proteomics)
  5. Vaccines and Immunotherapy
  6. Control.

Activities

El ébola a debate

El ébola en particular y las enfermedades tropicales en general han copado el contenido de la edición de "España vuelta y vuelta" que RNE ha realizado este viernes desde Tenerife con ocasión de la clausura del Campus África. [mas..]
CAMPUS AFRICA 2014

La Fundación Canaria para el Control de las enfermedades Tropicales y la RICET organizaron del 26 de septiembre al 10 de octubre el CAMPUSAFRICA 2014, un foro de reflexión especializada sobre los retos sanitarios, medioambientales, socioeconómicos, políticos y culturales del continente africano en el marco de la globalización. [mas..]
Virus importados

La reunión Extraordinaria SEMTSI organizada junto con el Centro Nacional de Medicina Tropical, bajo el título: "Estado actual de la emergencia de enfermedades virales importadas" tendrá lugar en la Escuela Nacional de Sanidad del Instituto de Salud Carlos III, el próximo Viernes 14 de Noviembre a las 17.00 horas. Una vez finalizada la reunión se celebrará la ASAMBLEA GENERAL de socios SEMTSI donde se tendrán que renovar cargos de Junta Directiva de la Sociedad. [mas..]
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News and Assemblies

El Ébola

Todas las dudas y preguntas sobre el ébola contestadas por el Comité Especial para la Gestión del Ébola: Esta página web nos informa sobre la enfermedad, sus formas de transmisión y la situación actualizada del ébola en España. Además, responde a las 25 preguntas más frecuentes sobre este virus. [mas..]
La esquistosomiasis, la malaria y el dengue saltan a Europa

En la III Reunión Científica de la Red de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales (Ricet), celebrada esta semana en Madrid, los expertos en Medicina Tropical se han hecho eco de la preocupación de los Centros Europeos de Control de las Enfermedades (ECDC) por los recientes brotes de estas enfermedades en distintos países europeos. [mas..]
Abierto el plazo de inscripción

IX Reunión SEMTSI 2014. Madrid. 13 de Junio de 2014. “Helmintiasis aquí y allá: Buscando soluciones de forma conjunta”. [mas..]
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