Founded: 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The redeLEISH Network brings together leishmaniasis experts in Latin America to increase collaboration and maximize existing resources and expertise in areas where serious gaps exist.
The network promotes the sharing of information on treatment, diagnosis, and development of clinical trial design for cutaneous leishmaniasis. It also enables the exchange of technical and scientific knowledge among participants, and it contributes to the implementation of strategic policies and research priorities. Through the mapping of possible research centers and the implementation of training in Good Clinical Practice, redeLEISH also strengthens institutional capacity for clinical research.
redeLEISH comprises more than 130 representatives from over 60 institutions in 8 Latin American countries [Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Venezuela].
A web forum facilitates the exchange of information and technical discussions to support the implementation of clinical trials in the region. It was created in 2015 as a virtual tool to integrate its members and to promote dialogue among them, as well as to update the progress and implementation of clinical trials, provide documents and publication sharing and generate discussions on the challenges in the development of and access to treatments for CL. Contact Mady Barbeitas: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Launch of a manifesto, signed by 143 investigators and civil society representatives, for mucocutaneous leishmaniasis to raise the awareness of the scientific community and policy makers of the urgent need for more research for this very neglected form of leishmaniasis.
- Co-organization of the ‘Brazilian Patients Forum against Infectious and Neglected Diseases’ during the 53rd Brazilian Congress of Tropical Medicine (MedTrop).
- In coordination with TDR/WHO, supported efforts on the harmonization of criteria for clinical trials in cutaneous leishmaniasis and conducted a systematic review to assess therapeutic response and relapse rates.
- Completion of a collaborative research project of species identification conducted in Pará, Mato Grosso, and Acre (Brazil), and preliminary results presented during annual meeting.
- INFOLEISH, the network’s first newsletter was launched in May
- Originally created as a Brazilian network of investigators, in 2015, redeLEISH was extended to include reference centres and experts from other Latin American countries.
- The second meeting was held in Medellin, Colombia, with the collaboration of PECET (Program for the Study and Control of Tropical Diseases/ University of Antioquia), and Ruta N Medellin. This meeting had more than 65 representatives from 35 institutions, among them 17 reference centers from 8 countries (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico), representatives of PAHO, TDR/WHO, FIOCRUZ, and of the Colombian and Brazilian Ministries of Health to identify the capacity of clinical research in Latin America and to consolidate the framework of collaborative projects. Furthermore, the agenda included a discussion towards the target product profile of a rapid diagnostic test for CL.
- A Webforum was created, to act as a virtual platform that could serve as a real space to share experiences in leishmaniasis.