Neglected tropical diseases

Prof. Rodrigo Correa De Oliveira

Prof. Rodrigo Correa De Oliveira

Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Pesquisas René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ in Belo Horizonte, Brasil.

He graduated in 1980 in biology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brasil, received his Master degree in biochemistry from the same institution in 1981 and his Ph.D. in immunology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1985.

He has dedicated significant part of his work to the understanding of the immune response to Schistosoma mansoni infection both in experimental models and in humans. Upon return to Brasil in 1985 he focused mostly on the understanding of the human immune response to S. mansoni, Trypanosoma cruzi, Ascaris lumbricoides and hookworm infections. More recently established a research program on canine leishmaniasis.

His interests include, besides studies on the mechanisms of the immune response on development of resistance, different clinical forms of diseases and vaccines, nutrition, socio-economic and behavior, health education, population genetics and geographic positioning and information that evolved into a multi-institutional program.

He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 1998 and has also received several awards. Other activities include supervision of a large number of Ph.D., master and post-doctoral fellows, was the President of the Brazilian Society of Immunology and has participated as a member and chair of TDR/WHO committees.