Schistosomiasis collection at the Natural History Museum

What is SCAN?

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).

Collecting field trip

Field collecting in Niger.

What are our goals ?

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  
  • A freshwater snail, releasing  cercaria the life stage of Schistosoma mansoni that infects humans.
    What is Schistosomiasis?

    Discover more about the disease, what causes it and where in the world it is found.

  • Research in the field
    Research partnerships

    Learn more about SCANs research partnerships and the Schistosomiasis related research projects.

  • Field collecting
    The SCAN team

    Learn more about the team building a schistosomiasis collection at the Natural History Museum.

Contact us

We welcome collaboration with the schistosomiasis research community.

For more information please contact SCAN manager 

Adian Emery
Dr Aidan Emery

Schistosome researcher and Culture Facility Laboratory Manager, responsible for molecular collections development.

Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road,
London, SW7 5BD, UK.


SCAN is based at the Natural History Museum and managed by the Wolfson Wellcome Biomedical laboratories, a WHO Collaborating Centre for the identification and characterisation of schistosomes and their intermediate snail hosts.

We also work in partnership with the Molecular Collections Facility (MCF) at the Museum.