Immunology Department



1-  Basics of Tissue Culture

Candidates will learn the following: principles of tissue culture, handling of sterile materials under laminar flow, dealing with various equipments included in a tissue culture lab, identifying different cell, their specific culture media and cryopreservation of cultured cells and revival from liquid nitrogen. Course includes seminars and illustrative practical sessions.

          Duration: 5 days

         Fees: 500 EGP for Egyptians/200 US$ for non Egyptians

        Number of trainees:  6 / course


2-  Hands-on Working with Stem Cells

Regular Courses: include an introduction to stem cells, Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) isolation by plastic adherence method, hematopoeitic stem cells(HSCs) isolation using MiniMACs separation kit, stem cells culture, and propagation, stem cells surface markers identification by flowcytometer analysis, cryopreservation of stem cells  and their revival from liquid nitrogen.


       Duration:  2 weeks

       Fees: 3000EGP for Egyptians/ 750 US$ for non-Egyptians

       Number of trainee: 3- 4/ course.

Optional Courses

1-    MSCs  in vitro differentiation into osteoblasts.

2-    MSCs  in vitro differentiation into adipocytes.

3-    MSCs  in vitro differentiation intochondrocytes

4-    MSCs  in vitro differentiation into hepatocytes.

5-    Pluripotent gene expression  of stem cells by molecular techniques

6-    Telomere length determination of stem cells by molecular techniques

3- Development of Antigen Detection Kits

A- Monoclonal Antibodies Production

Course includes immunization of BALB/c mice with specific antigens, myeloma cells revival from liquid nitrogen, and their culture, fusion of immunesplenocytes with myeloma cells, culture of fused cells in drug selection medium, screening for positive hybridomas by ELISA, cloning of positive hybridomas by limiting dilution method, propagation of single cloned hybridomas, cryopreservation of unused hybridomas and large scale production of monoclonal antibodies


     Duration: 2 months,

     Fees: 5000 for Egyptians/1500 US$ for non- Egyptians

    Number of trainees: 2/ course

B- Characterization of Monoclonal Antibodies

Course includes ELISA to test for specificity, determination of MAbs, isotyping of MAbs by ELISA isotyping kit, Immunoelecrophoresis (IEP) for determination of ability of MAb to recognize a repetitive epitope. polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) of antigen followed by enzyme  linkedimmunoelectrotransfer blot technique (EITB) for determination of molecular weight  range of recognized antigen and Identification of the chemical nature of recognized antigen.


     Duration: 2 week,

     Fees: 1000EGP for Egyptians/ 350 US$ for non-Egyptians

     Number of trainees: 3-5 / course


C- Application of Monoclonal Antibodies  in Antigen Detection  

Purification of MAbs from ascitic fluid by different purification methods,  conjugation of MAb to horse-radish peroxidase, standardization of sandwich ELISA for antigen detection using MAbs as antigen capture and antigen detection horse radish peroxidase conjugate and modification of sandwich ELISA by loading of MAbs on gold nanoparticles


      Duration: 3 weeks,

     Fees: 1500 for Egyptians/500 US$ for non- Egyptians

     Number of trainees: 3-5/ course


 D- Hands-on ELISA Technique

Course includes an overview to antigen antibody reactions, principle of ELISA technique and its different types, ELISA performance and results interpretation and how to deal with errors that one may face during practical application of ELISA and their corrective and preventive actions


Duration: 3 days

Fees: 300 for Egyptians/ 150 US$ for non- Egyptians

No of trainees: 5-10/course


 All courses include seminars and illustrative practical sessions.

 All techniques and materials to be used in the training courses will be accompanied with detailed protocols

Parasitology Department

1- Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Detection of Schistosoma Ova in Urine and Stool Samples

              Duration: 1weeks (theoretical 2 hour, practical 20 hours)

              Fees: 500 EGP for Egyptians/ 500US$ for non-Egyptians

2- Application of Chromatography for Preparation and Purification of Different Parasitic Antigens

              Duration: 2 weeks (theoretical 1 hour, practical 10 hours)

              Fees: 1000 EGP for Egyptians/ 1000 US$ for non-Egyptians                                        

3-  Preparation of Different Life Cycle Stages from Parasites of Medical Importance and the  Study  of  the Effect of Treatment

             Duration: 4-6 weeks

             Fees: 1200EGP for Egyptians /1200 US$ for non-Egyptians

4- Preparation of Antigens from Parasites of Medical Importance

            Duration: 2 weeks

            Fees: 1500EGP for Egyptians /1500US$ for non Egyptians

5- Modern Concepts for Protection of Parasites of Medical Importance

            Duration: 2 weeks

            Fees: 1000EGP for Egyptians/1000US$ for non Egyptians

Pharmacology Department


The Head of Excellence Centre is                                                          The Head of Department is

Doctor SanaaBotros                                                                             Prof. Naglaa M. El-Lakkany

Professor of Pharmacology                                      


In 2011, among 32 African institutions selected as ANDI Centres of Excellence in health innovation, TBRI represented by pharmacology laboratory; was assigned as the

“ANDI Centre of Excellence on Anti-Trematodal R&D” 
by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI).

 Drug Evaluation and Discovery Unit (DEDU), a subsidiary of pharmacology laboratory, will help in support and development of the activities of the center. The excellence centre is willing to collaborate with ANDI and with other African institutions with a focus on natural products, to complement research lines regarding the prevalent endemic diseases, and to increase our south-south collaboration to address specific health problems in the African continent. Moreover, it is looking for exchange visits between researchers with different capacities to help in building De Novo capacities, leverage existing ones through not only exchange of visits but also through training and execution of collaborative research projects. 

The activities of the centre include the following training programes:

1.    In vitro testing of antischistosomal activity of drugs/compounds (duration: one week). The programme includes; preparation of culture media, different concentrations of drugs/compounds, testing of worms’ viability/mortality, assessment and comparison of different compound potencies (LC50) in comparison to the reference compound. 

Fees: 1500 EGP for Egyptians/800US$ for non Egyptians

 The maximum available places are 5-7 persons/programme.

2.    In vivo testing of antischistosomal activity of drugs/compounds (duration: one week). The programme includes; animals handling, how to infect animals, routes of drug administration, perfusion of animals, worm and egg counts, percentage egg developmental stages (oogram pattern) and determination of ED50 of drugs/compounds.

Fees: 2000EGP for Egyptians /1200US$for non-Egyptians

The maximum available places are 5-7 persons/programme.


3.    Determination of acute and chronic toxicity of drugs/compounds (duration: one week). The programme includes; determination of the three cardinal parameters of mortality LD16, LD50 and LD84, acute and chronic toxicity using low doses of LD50, biochemical assessments and data interpretation.

Fees: 1500 EGP for Egyptians/500US$ for non-Egyptians

The maximum available places are 5-7 persons/programme.

4.     Isolation of hepatocytes and cytotoxicity of compounds (duration: one week). The programme includes; preparation of culture media and reagents, animals handling, perfusion of rat liver through portal vein, isolation of hepatocytes and cytotoxicity testing (MTT or SRB)/ compound.  

Fees: 3000EGP for Egyptians/ 2000US$ for non-Egyptians

The maximum available places are 3-5 persons/programme.

5.    Bioavailability of drugs/compounds (e.g Bioavailability of praziquantel (PZQ) &Paracetamol) (duration: one week). The programme includes; preparation of standards and reagents, extraction of drugs, sampEGP injection by HPLC and calculation of pharmacokinetic data.

Fees: 2500 EGP for Egyptians/ 1500US$ for non-Egyptians.

 The maximum available places are 3-5 persons/programme.