Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
The Institute of Tropical Medicine (French: Institut de médecine tropicale), previously known as Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, is one of the world's most leading istitutes for training and research in tropical medicine and the organisation of health care in developing countries. Located in Antwerp, Belgium, the ITM also delivers outpatient, clinical and preventive services in tropical pathologies and sexually-transmitted diseases.
|Established||1906 - Began in Brussels and moved to Antwerp in 1931|
|Director||Dr. Marc-Alain Widdowson|
Nationalestraat 155 - B-2000 Antwerpen,
The ITM has a strong reputation in biomedical, clinical and public health research, advanced education, travel medicine and care for HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases as well as capacity-building in developing countries. Peter Piot and colleagues at the institute were the first to demonstrate that AIDS was a tropical African disease. ITM has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a reference centre for AIDS research. ITM also is a national and international reference centre for a series of diseases and pathogens (such as the Ebola virus).
At ITM, some 450 scientists and technicians do research on pathogens, patients and populations. Yearly, an average of 500 medical doctors, nurses and scientists follow advanced courses; some 120 young researchers are completing their PhD. Each year, the medical services handle around 35 000 consultations. The website www.travelhealth.be services more than 100 000 visitors a year.
More than 75% of its publications appear in the top-25% of journals in its field. (Scimago World Ranking, 2010)
ITM also carries out an extensive capacity strengthening program in developing countries, and is part of a large network of institutions in Africa, South America and Asia.
- Department of Biomedical Sciences
- Department of Clinical Sciences
- Department of Public Health