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 hosts second drug discovery meeting

    In mid-July, the BCHC hosted a second drug discovery mini symposium. Again, our colleagues Professor Andrew Westwell, Professor Andrea Brancale and Dr Salvatore Ferla travelled up from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University to listen to presentations delivered by staff and postgraduate students of the Hoffmann […]

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  • Taking Schistosomes to the stage

    At the end of May, BCHC members from the Hoffmann lab travelled to Builth Wells to deliver interactive science experiments to children of all ages competing at one of Europe’s largest cultural youth festivals, the Urdd National Eisteddfod. We took our custom made ‘plush parasites’ along to explain the Schistosome […]

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  • BCHC strengthens links in India

    The BCHC has been delighted to welcome Dr P. A. Ahammed Shareef from the Department of Zoology at PMSO College, Kerala, India as a visiting Fellow during April and May. Shareef has previously visited Aberystwyth in 2013 as part of a BBSRC funded research project tackling Fasciolaisis in the UK […]

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  • Aberystwyth University student scoops prize at BSP conference

    Alessandra Crusco, a third year PhD student at IBERS Aberystwyth University, received one of the five poster awards at the British Society for Parasitology Annual Spring meeting this April. The completion was sponsored by BMC (Parasites and Vectors) and Elsevier. The competition was judged by BSP council members Dr Poppy […]

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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