General Aims


Rickettsial research efforts aim to:

  1. To define the burden of rickettsial diseases, its impact on public health and economy and to promote better understanding of their epidemiology and ecology
  2. To improve diagnostics - a central aim for a treatable disease - including evaluation and further development of the next generation of epidemiological and diagnostic tools and to assist with improving accessible, accurate and affordable rapid diagnostics
  3. To characterize these pathogens, based on strains, antigens and genome sequences – feeding into pathogen biology, genomics, diagnostics and vaccine research
  4. To characterise the natural human immune response, as a platform to build towards vaccine development, including development of a suitable animal model
  5. To evaluate and optimise the current and potential future treatment and preventive measures