Dr Amaya Bustinduy MD MPH PhD FRCPCH

Associate Professor in Tropical Paediatrics

Background

Amaya trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases in the US and started working on helminthic infections, mainly schistosomiasis, and their impact on child health in Coastal Kenya in 2009. She is foremost a field clinical epidemiologist and has investigated a broad range of disease manifestations in children related to parasitic diseases including anaemia, malnutrition, decreased physical performance, decreased quality of life , advanced hepatosplenic disease with a special interest in developing and validating diagnostic and morbidity metric tools at the point-of-care. Other work has included profiling pro-inflammatory cytokines in schistosomiasis and drug (praziquantel) efficacy, particularly in young children.

After moving to the UK, she worked with the Liverpool of Tropical Medicine in Lake Albert Uganda testing novel morbidity point-of-care tests and the first PK/PD study of praziquantel in children. Results of that study are bound to change dosing recommendations for children living with schistosomiasis.

 

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

Amaya has been involved in teaching at the East African DTM&H since 2013 and is now the deputy director of the course since 2016 as well as teaching at the Liverpool and London DTM&H regularly.

She has supervised MSc students in the field of parasitic diseases at the LSTM and for MSc Global Health and Tropical paediatric students at the LSTM.

She holds  regular teaching sessions for medical students and junior doctors at King's College, St George's University and different NHS trusts.

Research

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Clinical trials
  • Diagnostics
  • Global Health
  • Helminths
  • Medicines
  • Parasites
  • Pharmacokinetics

Disciplines

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Operational research
  • Parasitology
  • Pharmacology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Malnutrition
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Schistosomiasis

Countries

  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Other interests

  • Paediatrics
  • epidemiology
  • neglected tropical diseases
  • schistosomiasis
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