International Leprosy Conference 2019

29 August 2019


The 20th International Leprosy Conference will take in place Manila, Philippines from September 9-13, 2019.  The conference will be a privileged opportunity for scientists, researchers, health staff, partners and individuals affected by leprosy to interact, discuss and share experiences in a variety of fields.


Research funded by the LRI is well represented with over 30 oral and poster presentations!

The time schedule for the LRI-funded project presentations can be downloaded here. Please note that unexpected changes to this programme may still occur and we advise you to check the final programme against the overview provided here.


The LRI has two oral presentations during this meeting:

  1. "The LRI perspective on leprosy research" - Thursday 12th September from 8:45-9:00 at the Reception Hall (plenary)
  2. "Identifying research priorities for Leprosy: a mixed-method approach" - Thursday 12th September from 13:30-13:45 in Room 7 (Session 24) 


We will also be exhibiting. Feel free to visit us at our LRI booth. We love to give you additional information on the LRI, provide you with lists of publications from the LRI-funded projects, and more! You may also sign up for our external reviewers database and contribute to our work.


We look forward to meeting many of you during the conference!



Open call COR-NTD: African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP III)

26 August 2019


The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK aid from the UK government, through the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), is seeking proposals for both operational and social science research on ‘’Emerging Challenges facing NTD program implementation in Africa.’’


The Small Grants Programme (SGP III) is comprised of two small grant funding tracks:

a. Small grants for junior researchers

b. Small grants for mid-career and/or senior researchers.

The small grants targeted at junior and senior researchers at the Masters or PhD level will provide grants ranging from USD $5,000 - $25,000. Applications are accepted in both English and French. 


For details about this call for proposals please visit the NTD Support Center website.

The deadline for submission is September 30th 2019.


Open call for proposals at the NTD Support Center

30 July 2019


The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) at The Task Force for Global Health is currently soliciting proposals for operational research to explore factors related to the inclusion of NTDs into the platform of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) within the national health system.

Leprosy is among the eligible disease topics.


For details about this call for proposals please visit the NTD Support Center website.

The deadline for submission is August 30th 2019.


LRI Spring Meeting report published

30 July 2019


For the first time, a meeting report of our annual Spring Meeting is published in the Leprosy Review.  


The report summarizes the progress presentations of the currently ongoing LRI-funded projects - including basic research, clinical and public health and social science projects.  Please have a read at:


Meeting report: the Leprosy Research Initiative Spring Meeting. Leprosy Review (2019) 90, 183-200.

Authors: LRI Scientific Review Committee, LRI Steering Committee


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Annual report 2018 published

8 July 2019


Our 2018 Annual Repport is published.


To quote the Chair of the LRI Executive Group, Jan van Berkel:

"We are grateful of the many outstanding professionals and experts that contribute to the LRI Steering Committee, the Scientific Review Committee and the independent external reviewers, without whom it would not have been possible to achieve these results."


LRI Research Priority paper published

13 June 2019


We are excited about the publication of our Research Priority project in the Leprosy Review issue! 


Please have a look at the detailed results presented in the paper.


Reviewing Research Priorities of the Leprosy Research Initiative: a stakeholder’s consultation Leprosy Review (2019) 90, 3-30

Zahra Khazai, Wim van Brakel, Dirk Essink, Tom Gillis, Christa Kasang, Pim Kuipers, Paul Saunderson, David Scollard, Nienke Veldhuijzen


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