Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory (RML) of the Antananarivo University, Antananarivo (Madagascar)
The Charles Merieux Centre for Infectious Diseases of Madagascar, built under the auspices of the Fondation Mérieux, was inaugurated in April 2011. It covers a total surface area of 540 m2 and is attached to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Antanarivo. The center houses research and training facilities specifically devoted to the field of infectious diseases. Its main mission is to contribute to the betterment of patient care in Madagascar by improving diagnostic methods to fight infectious diseases.
The Center provides training for health professionals in the fields of research and clinical trials. It is composed of a conference room, a prep room, and a library. Since its inception, training courses have been given in molecular biology and epidemiology, and how to obtain research funding. There will soon be a course on scientific writing skills.
Research on infectious diseases is carried out in at the Center’s Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory (RML). The RML covers an area of 242 m2, and includes two P2 + containment rooms for nucleic acid extraction, a room for amplification equipped with two thermocyclers (including a CFX-96) used for carrying out real-time and conventional PCR, and for performing genotyping.
The RML seeks to develop skills mainly in the areas of bacteriology, virology, and parasitology.