Schistosomiasis collection (SCAN)

Electron micrograph of a male/female pair of adult schistosomes.

Electron micrograph of a male/female pair of adult schistosomes.

Principal Investigator

Dr Aidan Emery

Project summary

  • Focus: to build a global repository of schistosomiasis related specimens and contextual data providing a resource for essential research.
  • Funding: Wellcome Trust

SCAN is a project to create a schistosomiasis collection at the Natural History Museum.

In building a global repository of schistosomiasis related specimens and contextual data providing a resource for essential research into schistosomiasis, a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD).

We are:

  • consolidating existing collections and data
  • ensuring storage methods for samples are compatible with analysis by a range of techniques associated with molecular-based research
  • transferring specimens into the best possible storage systems
  • providing safe and stable storage of specimens collected as part of external research programmes
  • facilitating research by providing access to the collections and data. 

Supporting schistosomiasis research

We aim to serve the schistosomiasis research community by:

  • providing data and samples 
  • sample processing by appropriate molecular techniques 

We welcome contact from all interested parties.

SCAN catalogue

Repository of Schistosoma research specimens and material

Interested in collaboration?

We welcome collaboration with the schistosomiasis research community.

Scanning for disease

Discover how the Museum’s schistosomiasis collection supports groundbreaking research aimed at understanding and controling this neglected tropical disease.

Sustainability

We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements

Parasites and vectors

Understanding parasites and the organisms that transmit them to humans and animals

Zoology collections

Our zoology collection has 29 million animal specimens and is rich in voucher, type and historical specimens