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Australian Leishmania Lifecycle Investigation



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28 September 2009


Abstract: Australia has a unique species of Leishmania which causes cutaneous leishmaniasis in captive kangaroos, wallaroos, and wallabies. First identified in 2003, Australian cutaneous leishmaniasis has so far been restricted to the rural Darwin area of the Northern Territory.

Our aim has been to determine the lifecycle of this protozoan parasite. 3 years of research towards a PhD will be presented, including exciting new results for a novel vector of Leishmania in Australia.

The understanding of the biology and life cycle of this parasite is essential to the monitoring and response to potential outbreaks of an endemic or exotic Leishmania.


Annette Dougall

Menzies School of Health Research