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Alfons RENZ

Senior lecturer - Parasitology / Entomology at Universität Tübingen | Tübingen , Germany

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Article planning, Dealing with the publishing process, Presentation planning, Proposal development, Responding to peer review, Study design, Table and figure design


Research Keywords:
Parasitology, Onchocerciasis, Entomology, Cameroon
Biography Dr. Alfons Renz studied biology and parasitology at the Tübingen University. Since 1976, he is conducting field studies on the epidemiology, transmission and control of onchocerciasis in Cameroon. Together with colleagues from Liverpool and Cameroon, he established the bovine Onchocera ochengi model in Ngaoundere, North-Cameroon. His main interest is the biology of Onchocerca parasites and their Simulium vector flies. Milestones of his research in Cameroon were the definitions of a tolerable level of onchocerciasis in 1977 (ATP 100 and ABR 1000), the design of mathematical models for onchocerciasis (1986), the development of the bovine chemotherapy model (1993), successful vaccination of cattle by a live heterologeous antigen (L3 of O. volvulus, 2001), and the discovery of the antifilarial activity of Doxycycline by killing endosymbiotic Wohlbachia (1997). Since 2008, his research focuses on excretory/secretory products of O. ochengi and their action in the cross-talk with the bovine host. For on-going work in Cameroon and a list of relevant publications, please visit our website: www.riverblindness.eu

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