University of Naples Federico II


The Unit of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the University of Naples Federico II consists of veterinarians, biologists, biotechnologists and animal production researchers. The Unit focusses on the etiology, the spatial epidemiology, the diagnosis (i.e. microscopic, imuunologic and molecular- based assays) and the control of a wide range of parasitic diseases affecting both animals and humans.               

The Unit has invented a variety of diagnostic instruments (FLOTAC, Mini-FLOTAC and Fill-FLOTAC), which have proven to be both accurate and precise for the detection and quantifcation of parasites both animal and human stool and urine.

Role in the project

The Unit provides the Mini-FLOTACs and Fill-FLOTACs, as well as the technical support for the research activities outlined in work package 1.

Team members

Laura Rinaldi, Giuseppe Cringoli, Maria P. Maurelli, Antonio Bosco

Main publications linked to the project

  • Cringoli G et al., 2013. Geospatial (s)tools: integration of advanced epidemiological sampling and novel diagnostics. Geospat Health 7:399-404.
  • Barda B et al., 2013. Mini-FLOTAC, an innovative direct diagnostic technique for intestinal parasitic infections: experience from the field. PLOS Negl Trop Dis 7:e2344.
  • Barda B et al., 2013. Mini-FLOTAC and Kato-Katz: helminth eggs watching on the shore of lake Victoria. Parasit Vectors 6: 220.
  • Barda B et al., 2014. “Freezing” parasites in pre-Himalayan region, Himachal Pradesh: Experience with mini-FLOTAC. Acta Trop 130:11–16.
  • Barda B et al., 2014. Mini-FLOTAC, Kato-Katz and McMaster: three methods, one goal; highlights from north Argentina. Parasit Vectors 7:271.

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Laura Rinaldi

University of Naples Federico II

Unit of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases

Corso Umberto I, 40

80138 Napoli


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