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Parasitology Group

Academic Unit: Faculty of Medicine,  Academic Corporation for the study of Tropical Pathologies

Colombian Ministry of Science

Class

A1

Call

833

Profile

OECD

Discipline

Medical and health sciences

Subdiscipline

Clinical medicine

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Strategic Focus

The Parasitology Group is committed to teaching, research, and academic extension. Its aim is to form undergraduate and graduate students endowed with critical, scientific and human competencies in the field of parasitosis. Additionally, the group seeks to engage in innovative research on the basic and clinical aspects of parasites, which promotes scientific and technological development at the service of the community.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
  • The teniasis/cysticercosis complex.
  • Environmental parasitology.
  • Opportunistic intestinal parasites.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Zero hunger Good health and well-being Clean water and sanitation

Group Coordinator

Carolina Hernández Castro, MSc.

 

Master’s Degree in Biology

Universidad de Antioquia.

Group Coordinator Email

carolina.hernandez1@udea.edu.co

Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

 

  • Ministry of Health and Social Protection.
  • National Faculty of Public Health.
  • Sanger Institute.
  • Metropolitan University (Universidad Metropolitana).

Notable Projects

  • National Survey on Intestinal Parasitism in a Primary Education Population, Colombia 2012-2014.
  • Assessment of Taenia crassiceps as an antigen source for the serological diagnosis of neurocysticercosis in Colombia.
  • Development of a specific serological test for the diagnosis of human toxocariasis, based on the creation of a chimeric protein designed from Toxocara canis pathogenic nematode-specific epitopes.

Main Research Results

 

Published Books:

  • Contexto sociodemográfico, estado nutricional y de salud e ingesta dietética de los niños que participan en el programa de complementación alimentaria alianza MANÁ-ICBF (Socio-demographic Context, Nutritional and Health Condition, and Food Intake in Children Participating in the Complementary Nutrition Program MANA-ICBF) ISBN: 9789589816.
  • NATIONAL SURVEY ON INTESTINAL PARASITISM IN A PRIMARY EDUCATION POPULATION, COLOMBIA 2012-2014. ISBN: 978-958-8903-30-9.

Patents:

  • Immunological methods for the diagnosis of avian ascaridiasis. WO2005/071414 A1.

Awards:

  • XIV National Academy of Medicine Award/AVENTIS. November, 2003.
  • Honorable mention in the research project division. XIII Aventis Competition - National Academy of Medicine. October, 2002.

Research Portafolio

  • Identification of protozoa and helminths in various biological samples.
  • Studies of Paragonimus spp.
  • Knott concentration method for microfilaria.
  • ELISA for detecting anti-Toxocara spp. IgG antibodies.
  • Western Blot for detecting anti-Taenia solium IgG antibodies.
  • Fecal matter samples for quality control.
  • Stained plaques for Apicomplexa.
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  • Direct coprological examination or by modified Ritchie concentration.
  • Modified Ziehl-Neelsen staining for intestinal Apicomplexa.
  • Quick‐Hot Gram‐Chromotrope staining for intestinal microsporidia.
  • Complete study of persistent diarrhea.
  • Graham Test or adhesive tape test for Enterobius vermicularis.
  • Coprogram/Coproscopic.
  • Occult blood testing.
  • Complete study of Strongyloides stercoralis.
 
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