Great Collaboration to Improve Diagnostics in One Health Initiated!

Experts from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut teamed-up to facilitate training for veterinarians and laboratory experts in São Tomé and Príncipe in March this year. Its thematic focus was the identification of tuberculosis pathogens in animals and in humans.

Publication Date:
The laboratory experts from LNR-TB with their visitors Dr Stefanie Barth (5th from left, upper row) and Dr Kathrin Schuldt (2nd from left, lower row). (Source: BNITM)


The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) and Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) conducted a 6-day joint training for veterinarians and laboratory experts. It was organised in cooperation with the Ministério da Saúde and the Ministério de Agricultura, Desenvolvimento Rural e Pescas. The course took place in the Laboratório Nacional de Referência da Tuberculose (LNR-TB) in São Tomé, the capital of São Tomé and Príncipe. Dr Kathrin Schuldt (BNITM, Hamburg) and Dr Stefanie Barth (FLI, Jena) imparted theoretical and practical knowledge on polymerase chain reactions (PCR). In particular, the participants learned about the molecular genetic detection of members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and subsequent identification of the species.

All trainees were able to expand their knowledge and successfully applied the techniques in a final exam.

  • Dr Kathrin Schuldt
    Project Lead
  • Theresa Habermann
    Project Manager

More information