Tribute to Professor Marleen Boelaert

It is with great sadness that IDDO has learnt of the passing of Professor Marleen Boelaert, a valued member of the IDDO team since 2017. Professor Boelaert’s research concentrated on the control of tropical infectious diseases, mainly leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness.

Professor Marleen Boelaert
Professor Marleen Boelaert

Professor Boelaert was the head of the unit of Epidemiology and Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium. An epidemiologist who graduated as a medical doctor from the KU Leuven in 1985 and worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in several African countries between 1986 and 1994.

Her expertise in Visceral Leishmaniasis elimination strategies was invaluable to the research community and she will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends at this sad time.