国立感染症研究所

Department of Parasitology

The department carries out basic studies on virulence mechanisms of parasites, unique metabolic and cellular mechanisms to develop new drugs and vaccines. We also conduct a wide range of applied researches to establish epidemiological, molecular epidemiological, diagnostic, and preventive measures against infections caused by protozoan and helminthic parasites. We also receive clinical samples for diagnosis and consultations on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. We are engaged in research collaborations with various institutes and universities worldwide.

LABORATORY OF PROTOZOA
The division studies on protozoan pathogens causing water- and food-born intestinal infections, including Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidia, and Microsporidia. The laboratory also works on other protozoan infections by free-living Acanthamoeba and Negleria, and parasitic Trypanosoma, Leishmania, Plasmodium, and Toxoplasma.
LABORATORY OF PLATHELMINTHES AND NEMATODES
The division conducts researches to develop molecular and serological diagnostic methods and carries out epidemiological studies on food-borne and zoonotic helminthiases including anisakiasis, paragonimiasis, metagonimiasis, diphyllobothiriasis, taeniasis/cysticercosis, echinococcosis, baylisascariasis and toxocariasis. We also receive clinical specimens for diagnosis and classification from hospitals and institutions.
LABORATORY OF IMPORTED PARASITIC DISEASES
The division works on identification and characterization of unique cellular, biochemical, and immunological events in the parasitic infections caused by Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Entamoeba, and Schistosoma. We participate-international control programs of malaria and schistosomiasis. We also receive consultations on diagnosis and treatment of these infections from hospitals and universities.

Copyright 1998 National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan

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