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Chagas disease is a debilitating and often fatal disease resulting from infection with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The infection affects up to 20 million people in Mexico, Central America, and South America, making Chagas disease the highest impact infectious disease in Latin America. In addition to being a disease of poverty, Chagas disease is also poverty-promoting in striking hardest in young adults. Chagas disease has recently gained some notoriety in the United States due to both endogenous ("home-grown") and imported cases, prompting concern about the safety of blood and organ/tissue donations. Although 2009 marks the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of Chagas disease, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this infection are all highly inadequate.  The battle against Chagas disease begins with information and education.    More about Chagas Disease

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Laboratorio de Parasitología Molecular
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogota DC, Colombia

Our group’s research into Chagas’ disease has been focused on three main areas: the immune response to the parasite, the diagnosis and the intestinal microbiota of insect vectors transmitting the disease.

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Recent Studies

High-Throughput Screening Platform for Natural Product-Based Drug Discovery Against 3 Neglected Tropical Diseases: Human African Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis, and Chagas Disease.
Annang F, Pérez-Moreno G, García-Hernández R, Cordon-Obras C, Martín J, Tormo JR, Rodríguez L, de Pedro N, Gómez-Pérez V, Valente M, Reyes F, Genilloud O, Vicente F, Castanys S, Ruiz-Pérez LM, Navarro M, Gamarro F, González-Pacanowska D

Eco-Epidemiology of Chagas Disease in an Endemic Area of Colombia: Risk Factor Estimation, Trypanosoma cruzi Characterization and Identification of Blood-Meal Sources in Bugs.
Peña-García VH, Gómez-Palacio AM, Triana-Chávez O, Mejía-Jaramillo AM

Screening for Imported Diseases in an Immigrant Population: Experience from a Teaching Hospital in Barcelona, Spain.
Bocanegra C, Salvador F, Sulleiro E, Sánchez-Montalvá A, Pahissa A, Molina I

Platelet activation and apoptosis modulate monocyte inflammatory responses in dengue.
Hottz ED, Medeiros-de-Moraes IM, Vieira-de-Abreu A, de Assis EF, Vals-de-Souza R, Castro-Faria-Neto HC, Weyrich AS, Zimmerman GA, Bozza FA, Bozza PT

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