Bill and Melinda Gates Funding for Prof. Hörauf

August 14, 2019
Histologischer Schnitt Onchocerca volvulus

Histological section of Onchocerca volvulus, the cause of river blindness, under the microscope: Sections of a living female worm with offspring in the uteri. The symbiotic bacteria are stained in red; © Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (IMMIP) / University Hospital Bonn


More than 21 million people in Africa are infected with the nematode Onchocerca volvulus, the cause of river blindness. Around one in ten of those affected goes blind. Parasitologists around Prof. Hörauf at the University Hospital Bonn are looking for new, more effective weapons against the insidious parasite. The evaluation of the success of treatment is important. They now want to develop a method in which artificial intelligence (AI) automatically evaluates tissue samples from patients under the microscope. The aim is to reduce the time required and to establish an objective standard for analysis. The project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Find the press release here.