Our research laboratories for comprehensive research and development program for a new generation of drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and neglected infections of poverty, as well as fundamental and applied research against these diseases, is housed within the Section of Tropical Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

In the area of NTD vaccine development, Texas Children's Hospital in partnership with the National School of Tropical Medicine has established Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development

Over the past 15 years our researchers have led the development of new vaccines to combat NTDs. Through their activities a human hookworm vaccine is in phase 1 clinical trials as is a schistosomiasis vaccine. Vaccines against leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and other soil-transmitted helminths are in development.