Buruli ulcer

Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
University Post Office

Contact information:
Tel: +233 51 60351
Fax: +233 51 62017

KCCR is a joint venture between the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg, Germany. KCCR acts as international platform for biomedical research in tropical medicine.

Buruli ulcer research activities

KCCR in collaboration with Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (DITM, University of Munich, Germany) and Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM, Germany)

  • Evaluation of dry reagent based PCR since September 2003 (Volkswagen foundation grant AZ I-79314)
  • Implementation of diagnostic networks (central and district level) in Ghana providing conventional and molecular diagnostic tools including quality assurance for diagnosis and differential diagnosis of BU, providing laboratory confirmed incidence data (BURULICO)
  • Evaluation of an optimised concept for laboratory diagnosis of BU (BURULICO)
  • Implementation and field testing of DRB-PCRs for the differential diagnosis of BU
  • Optimisation of surgical excision by post surgical PCR assessment of excision margins (BURULICO)
  • Socio-epidemiological aspects of BU transmission
  • Assessment of insects and aquatic animals from water bodies in endemic areas

Research areas: development of methods for early diagnosis, mode of transmission, social and economic studies, other (surgery, epidemiology).

KCCR in collaboration with DITM, Department of Internal Medicine at Groningen University Medical Centre (The Netherlands), and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM, Belgium)

  • Diagnostic services for BURULICO drug trial including evaluation of punch biopsies.

Research area: development of methods for early diagnosis.

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