In 2012, NIAID funded eight Tropical Research Medicine Centers (TMRCs) to support research on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in endemic areas. The Centers are designed to facilitate research on the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of NTDs, and to create and sustain in-country research capacity.
NTDs, such as Chagas’ disease, leishmaniasis, and schistosomiasis, are a major problem in developing countries, where they contribute significantly to the overall burden of disease. NTDS often thrive in developing nations of the world where water quality and sanitation may not be sufficient to prevent disease transmission and access to health care may be limited. NTDs cause suffering and disability to hundreds of millions of people each year, according to the World Health Organization.
Last Updated July 30, 2012
Last Reviewed July 30, 2012