Single-sex Controlled Human Schistosomiasis Infection: Safety and Dose Finding


Leiden University




Schistosoma Mansoni


Biological: male Schistosoma mansoni cercariae

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Groups of 3 or 7 volunteers will be exposed to a predetermined number of male Schistosoma mansoni cercariae until 10 volunteers are found infected.


17 patients




18 to 45 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Subject is aged ≥ 18 and ≤ 45 years and in good health.
  • Subject has adequate understanding of the procedures of the study and agrees to abide strictly thereby.
  • Subject is able to communicate well with the investigator, is available to attend all study visits.
  • Subject will remain within Europe (excluding Corsica) during the study period and is reachable by mobile telephone from week 3 to week 12 of the study period.
  • Subject agrees to refrain from blood donation throughout the study period.
  • For female subjects: subject agrees to use adequate contraception and not to breastfeed for the duration of study.
  • Subject has signed informed consent.

Exclusion criteria

Any history, or evidence at screening, of clinically significant symptoms, physical signs or abnormal laboratory values suggestive of systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, neurological, dermatological, endocrine, malignant, haematological, infectious, immune-deficient, psychiatric and other disorders, which could compromise the health of the volunteer during the study or interfere with the interpretation of the study results. These include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

  • body weight <50 kg or Body Mass Index (BMI) <18.0 or >30.0 kg/m2 at screening;
  • positive HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C screening tests;
  • the use of immune modifying drugs within three months prior to study onset (inhaled and topical corticosteroids and oral anti-histamines exempted) or expected use of such during the study period;
  • history of malignancy of any organ system (other than localized basal cell carcinoma of the skin), treated or untreated, within the past 5 years;
  • any history of treatment for severe psychiatric disease by a psychiatrist in the past year;
  • history of drug or alcohol abuse interfering with normal social function in the period of one year prior to study onset.
  • Any clinically significant abnormalities (including extended QT interval) on electrocardiogram
  • The chronic use of any drug known to interact with praziquantel, or artesunate or lumefantrine metabolism (e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, primidon, dexamethasone, rifampicin, cimetidine, flecainide, metoprolol, imipramine, amitriptyline, clomipramine, class I and III anti-arrythmics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, macrolides, fluoroquinolones, imidazole- and triazole antimycotics, antihistamines) Because lumefantrine may cause extension of QT-time, chronic use of drugs with effect on QT interval are excluded from the study.
  • For female subjects: positive urine pregnancy test at screening.
  • Any history of schistosomiasis or treatment for schistosomiasis.
  • Positive serology for schistosomiasis or elevated serum or urine circulating anodic antigen or positive Schistosoma serology at baseline.
  • Known hypersensitivity to or contra-indications (including co-medication) for use of praziquantel or, artesunate or lumefantrine.
  • Being an employee or student of the department of parasitology or infectious diseases of the Leiden University Medical Center.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

17 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
Volunteers will be exposed to escalating doses of male Schistosoma mansoni cercariae
Biological: male Schistosoma mansoni cercariae

Trial contacts and locations



Data sourced from

Clinical trials

Find clinical trialsTrials by location
© Copyright 2024 Veeva Systems