American Leprosy Missions, in partnership with Novartis, presented the NTD Innovation Prize at the closing plenary of the NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference last week. Congratulations to first prize winners, Dr. Hugues Nana Djeunga and M. Arnauld Efon Ekangouo at the Centre for Research on Filariasis and other Tropical Diseases (CRFilMT) in Yaounde, Cameroon. They receive $20,000 for their work on cell-free DNA as a biomarker to diagnose river blindness (onchocerciasis).
We are also excited to congratulate second prize winners, Dr. Deanna Hagge, Dr. Suwash Baral, and Dr Arie de Kruijff from The Leprosy Mission and Dr. Janis Spigulis from the University of Latvia, who received $15,000 for their work with a spectral imaging diagnosis process to identify leprosy lesions. Read more about the winners and finalists' proposals.