National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

The National School of Tropical Medicine applies strong traditions in basic, translational and applied biotechnology research brought by the Baylor College of Medicine faculty and staff and with its affiliated Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development – a Product Development Partnership (PDP). NSTM works in partnership with Texas Children's Hospital and the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine, the home of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

Our research laboratories are dedicated to advance comprehensive research and development programs 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.

Over the past 17 years, Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, which operates as a Product Development Partnership, has led the development of new vaccines to combat NTDs. Through the activities of the PDP, 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.