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The 2015 Dubois-Brigué Award for Tropical Pathology, awarded every five years by the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, went to ITM’s Prof. Stijn Deborggraeve for his ground-breaking research on African sleeping sickness. Prof. Deborggraeve was honoured for his achievements in the development of a new generation of diagnostic tests for sleeping sickness. The tests detect the genetic material of the parasite in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid of patients.

Kimberly Bouckaert received the Dubois-Brigué Scholarship, which will cover the final year of her doctoral thesis. The ITM and University of Ghent PhD student is investigating how seasonal changes in eating habits, physical activity and malaria infections influence infant growth in pregnant mothers in Burkina Faso.