EKUT is one of Europe's oldest universities, with key strengths in science and life sciences. Within the Faculty of Medicine, the Institute for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Human Parasitology (ITM) has been an established centre of excellence since 2007. The ITM specialises in infectious and tropical diseases and human parasitosis, operating a tropical medicine and travel medicine outpatient clinic, conducting research and teaching. The ITM also has a dedicated Clinical Trials Platform (CTP), partly funded by the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF). This platform was specially developed to conduct Phase I-IV clinical trials to International Council on Harmonization and Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) standards. Clinical trials are also being run with a partner in Gabon, the Center of Medical Research Lambaréné (CERMEL), the former Medical Research Unit of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Its collective expertise lies in integrating basic biological research and applied clinical research. EKUT’s main task will be to plan and carry out the clinical trial part of the project (Phase I ).