Leonardo de Azevedo Calderon

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Leonardo de Azevedo Calderon obtained a bachelor\'s degree and a doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil, in 2000 and 2004, respectively. He is a researcher in public health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, lecturer in the Medicine Department, Federal University of Rondônia, Brazil, and head of the Center for the Study of Biomolecules Applied to Health. He has experience in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biophysics, and bioinformatics, working mainly in the prospection and development of new chemical entities with potentially useful activities in future therapies for leishmaniasis and malaria.

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Leishmaniasis is a major global health challenge, affecting approximately 12 million of the poorest people in 100 countries. It is a deforming and fatal disease in the visceral form. Therapies for leishmaniasis are numerically restricted, basically consisting of the administration of miltefosine, pentavalent antimonials, amphotericin B, or pentamidine. This is an important vulnerability against therapy efficiency that must be overcome by the scientific community. This book discusses important aspects of the disease, such as treatment, epidemiology, and molecular and cell biology. The information contained herein is important for young researchers as they seek to develop safe and effective treatments for this neglected tropical disease.

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