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Welcome to Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI)

The Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) was founded in 1970 through the initiative of the Norwegian and Swedish Save the Children organizations seconded by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. The Institute got its name from the Norwegian physician, Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen, who first described the leprosy bacillus (Mycobacterium leprae). AHRI was established as a biomedical research institute located next to the All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Hospital (ALERT).


AHRI acknowledges receiving core-funding from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(Norad) in addition to Ethiopian Government contribution, which it uses to support among other things students' research within the scope of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) programme. These include epidemiological and social studies for characterisation of poverty-related and neglected diseases.

News & Updates

genomics research to tackle endemic diseases
February 19, 2018 - 10:36

African Academy of Sciences awards grants to better understand the diseases that affect Africa most

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Leprosy's drug resistance and origin revealed by genome analysis
February 2, 2018 - 09:52

Scientists led by EPFL have isolated leprosy bacteria directly from human samples, and analyzed the purified genomes to identify mutations that confer drug resistance to the bacterium, as well as gain insights into the origins of the disease.

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Illumina NextSeq 500 Sequencer installed at AHRI
November 24, 2017 - 10:10

As part of the new initiative to strengthen the biotechnology and bioinformatics capacity of AHRI, Illumina NextSeq 500 Sequencer has been purchased and installed at AHRI. The installation was made by engineers from Illumina, Mr Ahmed Khairy.


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The 17th Tore Godal Prize Award Ceremony was held on November 9,2017.
November 17, 2017 - 12:34

The AHRI Tore Godal Prize committee every year provides the prize to deserving young scientists.


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Crown Prince, Princess of Norway Visited AHRI and ALERT Hospital - Official visit to Ethiopia Nov 8, 2017
November 16, 2017 - 11:35

Speech given by Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess at the opening of Conference on Health, Science and Higher Education at ALERT Hospital in Addis Ababa, during an official visit to Ethiopia 7 - 9 November 2017.

Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

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