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Research Priorities for Neglected Infectious Diseases (NIDs) and Zoonoses in Africa.

Project Information

Objectives:-Identify and prioritise research gaps in neglected infectious diseases (NIDs) and zoonoses with a major impact on public health in Africa; -Discuss research gaps that can be addressed through collaborative research at the regional and/or international level; -Identify new modalities for involvement of industry, and particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in NID and zoonoses research; -Discuss how different research initiatives can work together to optimise resources – overview of existing regional networks and initiatives.

Project Date: 
09/01/2010 to 10/05/2022
Type of Project: 
Research Area: 
Health Research
South Africa
McGill University Project Leader Information
Project Leader: 

Momar Ndao

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Primary Position
Faculty of Medicine
McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 
During the past few years increased awareness of parasitic infections has led to newly recognized parasites, emerging pathogens, and bioterrorism considerations; the fields of diagnostic medical parasitology, treatment and vaccines are undergoing dramatic change. My laboratory has interests in 1) diagnosis of parasitic diseases 2) the study of host-parasite interactions; 3) screening drugs to be used as therapies for protozoan parasitic disease; 4) developing vaccines to prevent parasitic diseases and 5) applying proteomic technology to discover biomarkers for infectious diseases.
  • Laboratory Director- NRCP at National Reference Centre for Parasitology (NRCP)/McGill University Tropical Diseases Centre
  • Assistant Profesor at McGill University- Department of Medicine
Selected Publications: 

Plourde M, Coelho A, Keynan Y, Larios OE, Ndao M, Ruest A, Roy G, Rubinstein E, Ouellette M.
Genetic polymorphisms and drug susceptibility in four isolates of Leishmania tropica obtained from Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012 Jan;6(1):e1463. Epub 2012 Jan 17.

Sampasa-Kanyinga H, Lévesque B, Anassour-Laouan-Sidi E, Côté S, Serhir B, Ward BJ, Libman MD, Drebot MA, Ndao M, Dewailly E.
Zoonotic Infections in Native Communities of James Bay, Canada. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2012 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Ndao M.
Biomarker discovery in serum/plasma using surface enhanced laser desorption ionization time of flight (SELDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;818:67-79.

Kassa FA, Shio MT, Bellemare MJ, Faye B, Ndao M, Olivier M.
New inflammation-related biomarkers during malaria infection. PLoS One. 2011;6(10):e26495. Epub 2011 Oct 20.

Amos FF, Ndao M, Ponce CB, Evans JS.
A C-RING-like domain participates in protein self-assembly and mineral nucleation. Biochemistry. 2011 Oct 18;50(41):8880-7. Epub 2011 Sep 26.

Principal Investigator
Non-McGill Partners
Marleen Boelaert