Kliniken &… Institute Heidelberger Institut… Teaching Short Courses Short Courses in… Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis Control:
An Interdisciplinary Approach

October 10 - 14, 2011
(+ optional October 9; 15-16)


Learning Objectives

The overall aim of the course is to teach expertise from various disciplines targeting eventually at control of schistosomiasis (Schistosoma mansoniS. haematobium and S. japonicum). To achieve this, internationally renowned scientists have agreed to teach and to partly participate also beyond their formal teaching time.

Specifically, this course will place the current biomedical approaches of control into the public health frame and evaluate the benefits of these approaches for the target populations and sustainability of programs. Clinical schistosomiasis will be discussed with a view on patients in endemic areas.   

This implies the bridge from biomedical technology to sustainable community activities, from research to application.  

The course intends to synthesise recommendations for future action and will offer to the participants a voluntary and active role in this process. 

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Appraise vector biology and schistosome immunology in the context of transmission
  • Perform serologic tests
  • Critically discuss selected control projects
  • Critically evaluate the needs and strategies for integrated schistosomiasis control, including drug-based programmes
  • Compare the advantages and limitations of biomedical control tools (serology, chemotherapy, ultrasound examination) versus community-based interventions
  • Judge on selected issues of current biomedical research 

Content Overview

  • The context of tropical medicine and international health 
  • Public health approach to control, community integration
  • Biology and ecology of  schistosomes, life cycles and the reality in endemic areas
  • Microscopy: schistosomes and selected helminths
  • Examples of schistosomiasis control programs
  • Clinical schistosomiasis
  • Schistosome immunology, “beneficial” worms, vaccines
  • Serological and parasitological diagnosis in theory and in practice of peripheral health stations
  • Drugs, treatment and drug targets
  • International policies for research and action 
  • International policies aiming at biomedical control strategies 
  • Parasite proteins: molecular modelling, functional molecules

Confirmed Lecturers for 2011


  • H.J. Diesfeld (Starnberg, G), 
  • M.J. Doenhoff (Nottingham, UK), 
  • C. Grevelding (Giessen, D), 
  • M.A. Idris (Muscat, Oman), 
  • T. Junghanss (Heidelberg, D), 
  • M. Kennedy (Glasgow, UK), 
  • Y.L. Li (Wuhan, China),
  •  J. Richter (Düsseldorf, D), 
  • A, Ruppel (Heidelberg, D), 
  • S. Schad (Heidelberg, G), 
  • J. Utzinger (Basel, CH), 
  • J. Wacker (Bruchsal, G) 

Learning Methods

  • The course will be taught by experts´ seminars, discussions and practical work. 
  • Interaction between teachers and participants will follow the model of numerous previous schistosomiasis symposia, organised by the course coordinator and several of the lecturers: during lunch and dinner (not included in course fee), which are offered to be taken together by everyone, teachers will be available for individual requests of participants. Participants are strongly encouraged to make use of these offers. 
  • Evening activities are offered on a voluntary basis and upon request, e.g. research discussions, individual coaching.

Assessment Methods

  • Essay: 4.000 words (submission within two weeks after the course.
  • The topics for this individual work will be identified the first two days of the course , taking into account the personal professional background of students.

Duration /Accreditation

  • 1 week / 45 hours in class + after course assessment (15h)
  • Optional days - not counting towards ECTS credits
  • Full time attendance required in class. 
  • 2 ECTS (tropEd Master; in process)

Course Fee

  • tropEd Students: 5 days: EUR 500,- / + optional days EUR 650
  • General Addmittance: EUR 750/ + optional days EUR 900


Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.

A non-refundable registration fee of € 200, which will be credited towards the tuition fee, is due no later than 8 weeks prior to the start of the course.  The remaining tuition fee is due not later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the course. Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.

If the participant withdraws from the course 

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee covers coursework and printed materials and a bi-weekly pass for the Heidelberg public transportation system, but does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay. 

Contact Registration

Nandita Rothermund, M.A.
Short Courses in International Health
Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324, D-69120 Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 29 03 (Mo-Fri 09-12am)
Fax: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 49 18

Course Coordinator

Prof. Andreas Ruppel
Institute of Public Health

Short Courses Programme Coordinator
tropEd Coordinator

Dr. Pauline Grys
Institute of Public Health 
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 50 48