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:


  • Aberystwyth named Welsh University of the Year

    Aberystwyth University has been named Welsh University of the Year for 2020 by The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide. This latest accolade means the University has been recognised by The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide for three years running. In September 2018 Aberystwyth was named University of the […]

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  • When beheading isn’t the end…..

    Yesterday the BCHC welcomed Professor Aziz Aboobaker to Aberystwyth University to speak with us about his work. Aziz is particularly interested in understanding how some animals are able to regenerate and the stem cells that underpin this process. His work uses the planarian flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea as a model system […]

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  • BCHC sponsors Helminth Extracellular Vesicles Workshop

    Helminth Extracellular Vesicles Workshop Bratsera Hotel, Hydra, Greece, 31 Aug – 01 Sep 2019 The BCHC has been delighted to sponsor the recent Helminth Extracellular Vesicles (EV) Workshop held in association with the Parasitic Helminth Conference on the beautiful island of Hydra in Greece. The two day workshop was attended […]

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  • BCHC PhD Student successfully defends thesis

    The BCHC is delighted to announce that at the end of August, Gilda Padalino a PhD Student with Prof. Karl Hoffmann successfully defended her thesis entitled ‘Identification of new compounds targeting the Schistosoma mansoni protein methylation machinery‘. Congratulazioni  Gilda!  

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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