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About the International Leishmania Network

The establishment of an International Leishmania Network, ILN, was recommended by participants in a workshop held at the Fundação Tropical des Pesquisas e Tecnologia "André Tosello" in Campinas, Brazil in February 1992 under the auspices of PAHO and the Brazilian Research Council, CNPq. Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects many people in tropical countries. The AIDS panepidemic is showing that many more people are infected than was previously expected.

The network consists of a discussion forum and more structured topic areas presently covering the following:

  • Leishmania Taxonomy
  • Strains: Reference and Labelling
  • Leishmania Cryobanks and Collections
  • Leishmania Epidemiology
  • Leishmaniasis Control and Surveillance
  • Leishmania Genome Project
  • Searching for Literature and Sites on Leishmanisis

A list of monoclonal antibodies that react with Leishmania is presently being prepared. Monoclonal antibodies are useful for identifying Leishmania and a basic set can be obtained on request from the World Health Organization.

The organizers hope that interested people will examine the above topics and suggest* improvements, links to interesting sites and new ones. In the case of new subject areas we would like to have volunteers to look after them and keep them up to date.

*email suggestions to ILN's General Manager - Jeffrey Shaw (

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