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:


  • 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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  • Analytics for studying helminth EVs

    In July 2017, the BCHC was privileged to host a visit by the Chief Executive Officer of Exosomics Siena SpA, Dr Antonio Chiesi, and its Senior Scientist, Dr Davide Zocco. Exosomics was originally founded as a spin-out company of HansaBioMed, but has recently received significant strategic investment by Lonza, a […]

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  • A new collaboration for the BCHC and University of Cambridge

    In late June, the BCHC were delighted to host a 1-day visit by Dr Cinzia Cantacessi and Dr Laura Peachey of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Dr Cantacessi and Dr Peachey are working to identify microbial populations in the gastrointestinal tract of parasite-infected horses and the changes […]

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  • Building new partnerships with Edinburgh’s two Synthetic Biology Centres

    The BCHC has today hosted a fantastic visit by Professor Susan Rosser, Dr Liz Fletcher and Dr Gaynor Campbell of the SynthSys Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology and the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology. Susan, Liz and Gaynor delivered a series of talks on the role, capability 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