Open Source drug discovery to identify drugs for the neglected tropical disease mycetoma

Presented by: dr. Wendy van de Sande 

In this lecture we will learn about the neglected tropical disease mycetoma for which currently the only option is to remove the infected lesions surgically or to amputate the infected limb. Characteristic of this disease is that the micro-organisms causing this infection build a protective structure called a grain inside the infected tissue. We will take the audience along our journey to find clues how this structure is formed. How we try to use this information to design drugs which are effective against mycetoma and how we have involved an open source drug discovery project in order to solve these issues.