Chagas Clinical Research Platform

Founded: 2009, Uberaba, Brazil. 376 members, representing over 100 institutions.

To support its R&D activities on Chagas disease, DNDlaunched the Chagas Clinical Research Platform (CCRP). The platform brings together partners, experts, and stakeholders to provide support for evaluation and development of new treatments for Chagas disease. The patient-centred platform aims to facilitate clinical research, provide a forum for technical discussions, develop a critical mass of expertise, and strengthen institutional research capacities. In addition, it will identifies and reviews priority needs, works towards standardization of methodology to assess drug efficacy and reviews alternatives for using current approved drugs (new schemes, doses, combination) and special scenarios (resistance).


“Enabling discussions among researchers is an important tool for the improvement of efficiency, diagnosis and treatment.”

Concepción Zúñiga Valeriano, Medical Doctor, Head of Chagas, Honduras

Chagas Platform Map

The Platform is active in:

  • Treatments & access
  • Clinical trials
  • Capacity strengthening
  • Communications



  • Three clinical trial sites were active in Bolivia to support the Phase II proofof- concept BENDITA trial (benznidazole new doses improved treatment and associations).
  • At the Chagas Platform Annual Meeting, about 270 people were trained on key areas, including: qPCR validation and quality control for diagnosis and monitoring, discovery of new drugs, congenital Chagas disease, civil society movements, new research fields and guidelines for Chagas disease, new landscape for chronic patients, integrative therapy approach.
  • The number of CCRP members grew by 23%; about 40% of new members came from non-endemic countries.
  • The annual Chagas Clinical Research Platform meeting took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the context of National Chagas Week, with 230 attendees from, among others, national programmes, patient associations, research associations, research and clinical care centres, NGOs and pharmaceutical companies.



Newsletter n°7, May 2017
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Newsletter n°6, May 2016
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Newsletter n°5, April 2016

Newsletter n°4, January 2015

Newsletter n°3, April 2013

Newsletter n°2, September 2012
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Newsletter n°1, September 2011
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