News from ISGlobal
Oriol Mitjà, ISGlobal researcher, has received support from the European Research Council (ERC) to find alternative treatments for syphilis. The starting grant is designed to support promising early career scientists that are starting their own research team, and is a highly competitive process: of the more than 3,000 proposals presented this year, only 13% were funded.
Mitjà already has a solid track in the field of infectious diseases. As a young medical doctor newly arrived to Lihir Island, in Papua New Guinea, he became interested in yaws, a tropical disease that causes skin ulcers and bone deformations in children. He and his team found that one single dose of oral azithromycin was effective in curing yaws, a breakthrough that set the basis for WHO’s new strategy to eradicate the disease. His subsequent research has provided valuable information that will help establish the optimal strategy for its eradication.