Nodding syndrome (NS) is an epilepsy disorder that occurs in regions of Africa such as Uganda and South Sudan. The etiology of NS is unconfirmed, but there is evidence to suggest an association with the parasitic disease onchocerciasis. We at Infectious Diseases Hub recently spoke to Robert Colebunders from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) about his research aimed at identifying the cause of the NS and what can be done to put this research into practice.
Robert has previously been involved in research on HIV, tuberculosis and hemorrhagic fevers. However, he recently obtained an advanced European Research Council grant to perform research on NS in South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Cameroon and is now working to bring this disorder into the spotlight. Find out about his work thus far and his upcoming projects below.