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Dr. Robert Colebunders

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Department of Clinical Sciences

Phone: (323) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.be
Local Address:  BelgiumEmptyState , Belgium

Employment History

  • Physician
    Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Professor
    Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Professor of Infectious Diseases
    University of Antwerp
  • Infectious Disease Clinician
    University of Antwerp
  • Belgian Researcher
    Infectious Disease Institute at Mulago Hospital
  • Head of the Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences
  • MD

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MD
  • PhD
  • M.D.
36 Total References
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"We did very little for patient ..., 26 Oct 2014 [cached]
"We did very little for patient care," said Bob Colebunders, a physician at Belgium's Institute of Tropical Medicine who cared for patients in Kikwit.
A Global Coalition for Health | Accordia, 16 Dec 2013 [cached]
Bob Colebunders, MD Lead Coordinator, International Network for the Study of HIV-associated IRIS (INSHI)
Robert Colebunders, MD
Dr. Robert Colebunders is professor in tropical diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp and professor in infectious diseases at the University of Antwerp. He is head of the Clinical HIV/STD Unit of ITM. From 1985 to 1988, he worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as coordinator of the clinical studies on HIV/AIDS of "Project SIDA" in Kinshasa. He is one of the first physicians who studied and described the clinical manifestations of HIV infection in Africa. He also has been involved in the study of two hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Africa (Ebola and Marburg). From 2004 to 2005, he spent a sabbatical year at the Infectious Diseases Institute and was mainly involved in starting its outpatient clinic. He is involved in research projects concerning the management of HIV and HIV co-infections in Uganda, the Central African Region, Ethiopia and South Africa. He is coordinating of the International Network for the Study of HIV-associated IRIS (INSHI). He has published more the 400 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Academic Alliance members Roy Mugerwa, ..., 15 Aug 2009 [cached]
Academic Alliance members Roy Mugerwa, Bob Colebunders, Jerry Ellner, Moses Joloba and Harriet Mayanja-Kizza are all internationally recognized for their research in TB in Uganda, as is IDI Head of Research, Dr. Yuka Manabe.
Dr. Bob Colebunders is heading an international consortium to study the pathogenesis of TB immune reconstitution syndrome (IRIS).
Robert Colebunders, MD, PhD University of Antwerp
"We hypothesize that blackflies infected ..., 2 Oct 2014 [cached]
"We hypothesize that blackflies infected with Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae may also transmit another pathogen," notes lead investigator Robert Colebunders, MD, PhD, who is head of the HIV/STD Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Antwerp. "This may be a novel neurotropic virus or an endosymbiont of the microfilariae, which causes not only NS, but also epilepsy without nodding."
The hypothesis draws on other research that shows that parasites and viruses can have a symbiotic relationship, allowing insects to pass on diseases they would not normally be able to transmit. "Many laboratory studies have shown that arboviral transmission is enhanced in mosquitoes and other blood feeding flies that concurrently ingest microfilariae, and the same could be true for blackflies," explains Dr. Colebunders.
Dr. Colebunders suggests several courses of action based on the new theory, including collecting more precise incidence data on NS, epilepsy, and onchocerciasis in relation to blackfly distribution; continuing and increasing the systematic use of larvicides to control the blackfly population; and improving ivermectin coverage and increasing the frequency of its administration, as it appears it may limit the blackfly's ability to transmit the novel NS pathogen.
"The burden of disease may be considerable, as the 'NS pathogen' may also cause epilepsy without nodding," concludes Dr. Colebunders., 20 Aug 2014 [cached]
Still, trying the therapy in nonhuman primates and then implementing it in the affected countries in West Africa makes sense, Bausch says. “It’s gonna be messy, it’s gonna be difficult to do, but at some point we’ll just have to try to plunge in and move forward.� Robert Colebunders, an infectious disease clinician at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, who was involved in treating Ebola patients in the 1995 outbreak, says if there are survivors willing to donate blood, doctors should try the therapy. “And then they need to follow it up scientifically, so we learn something from it.�
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