Project: Detecting drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis with low-cost next generation technology

Tuberculosis (TB) is a devastating disease affecting millions of people around the globe and second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent. The increasing appearance of multidrugresistant (MDR) strains worsens the threat to human kind with unprecedented risks. A quick diagnostic and drug-resistance-identification solution would significantly increase the chance of early and appropriate therapy. Within the MYCONET ² project, scientists from South America and Europe join forces to synergistically develop novel and efficient tools to fight tuberculosis. Screening methods for early diagnostics and detection of pyrazinamide (PZA) resistance will be developed, using stateofart nanotechnology, Raman spectroscopy, LabonaChip devices, genomics, high throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics. The consortium combines unique knowledge on pathogen distribution and resistance mechanisms, which will help to find factors critical for improved intervention strategies. Initiated by ERANetLAC, the Network of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Joint Innovation and Research Activities, the MYCONET ² project helps to strengthen the bioregional partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation by planning and implementing concrete joint activities and will have a longlasting effect on strengthening scientific and cultural ties between South American and European institutions.

Acronym MYCONET2 (Reference Number: ELAC2014/HID-0352)
Duration 01/01/2015 - 01/01/2018
Project Topic Prevention infectious diseases & wellbeing
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network ERANet-LAC
Call ERANet-LAC 1st Joint Call on Research and Innovation between the EU Member States and Associated Countries and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Coordinator Peru
2 Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas Partner Argentina
3 Fundación para la Formación e Investigación de los Profesionales de la Salud de Extremadura Partner Spain
4 Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Partner Germany
5 Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas Partner Peru