An Interdisciplinary Research Centre leading the fight against helminth diseases

Established in 2016, the BCHC at Aberystwyth University brings together an internationally-recognised team of PIs and external associates to lead the research community in the fight against parasitic worms causing agricultural, veterinary and biomedical diseases.

About Us

Helminth-related infections present some of the most difficult to treat diseases on our planet and their sustainable control depends on increasingly sensitive diagnostics and biomarkers as well as the development of prophylactic vaccines and novel therapeutic drugs. The BCHC will underpin innovation in this area through new collaborations and partnerships spanning previously untapped disciplines.

Our Partner Organisations

Activities at the BCHC are supported by the following external organisations:


  • Talking Science in the September sun

    Early this September, BCHC PhD students attended the 11thMolecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites conference in Hydra, Greece. Against the picturesque background of the Aegean Sea, Tom Gasan presented a poster detailing a novel vaccine candidate in the fight against Schistosomiasis. Chelsea Davis and Clare Collett both presented posters […]

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  • There’s gold on them there vesicles!

    As part of the BCHC’s focus on extra-cellular vesicles (EV) in helminthology we recently hosted a visit from Allan Cameron, a 4th year PhD student from the Devitt Laboratory, Aston University. Allan is researching the role of apoptotic cell derived extracellular vesicles (ACdEV) on the immune system. He visited Aberystwyth […]

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  • Aberystwyth student has letter published in Veterinary Record

    Fiona Tyson a PhD student at Aberystwyth University has published a letter in Veterinary Record detailing recent outreach work conducted by herself and others at this years’ Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. As part of a collaboration between Aberystwyth University and Techion UK, faecal egg counts (FEC) were performed on horses […]

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  • Let’s talk drug discovery!

    In mid-July, the BCHC hosted a unique 1-day ‘mini symposium’ with colleagues from Cardiff University and Phytoquest to share the latest findings from the team’s research. Guests were Professor Andrew Westwell, Dr Andrea Brancale and Dr Salvatore Ferla from Cardiff University and Dr Robert Nash of Phytoquest and presentations were delivered by eight staff and […]

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Contact Us

Professor Karl F. Hoffmann
Director, BCHC

Mrs Jessica Longworth
Administrator, BCHC

Aberystwyth University
Edward Llwyd Building
Penglais Campus
SY23 3DA

Tel:           +44 (0) 1970 621830