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Dr Laura Braun

BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I joined the Environmental Health Group as a Research Fellow in February 2021 and co-ordinate two research studies: TISA in northern Senegal and SaniVac in Mozambique. The TISA trial is assessing the effectiveness of a simple WASH kit in terms of severe acute malnutrition recovery rates in children, and is run in collaboration with Action Contre la Faim. The SaniVac study in Maputo is evaluating the impact of sanitation on health among children living in dense urban areas of Maputo.

Prior to joining LSHTM I completed my PhD at Imperial College London as part of WISER project. My research determined the effectiveness of water treatment processes against schistosome cercariae, the parasite larvae that lead to schistosomiasis infection. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and a Master's degree from Imperial College London.

I am also the co-founder of a start-up developing a low-cost, automated diagnostic tool for detecting helminth infections.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control

Teaching

I am a Module Organiser for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and Health module and lecture on the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.

I also co-supervise/tutor PhD and MSc students at LSHTM, Imperial College London and the Royal Veterinary College.

Research

Research Area
Child health
Diagnostics
Helminths
Hygiene
Public health
Sanitation
Water
Environmental Health
Discipline
Engineering
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Malnutrition
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Schistosomiasis
Tropical diseases
Soil-transmitted helminths
Country
Ethiopia
Mozambique
Senegal
Tanzania
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Parameters for effective sand filtration of <i>Schistosoma mansoni</i> cercariae from water
Braun L; Sylivester YD; Zerefa MD; Maru M; Allan F; Zewge F; Emery AM; Kinung'hi S; Templeton MR
2021
Water Supply
Determining the viability of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae using fluorescence assays: An application for water treatment.
Braun L; Hazell L; Webb AJ; Allan F; Emery AM; Templeton MR
2020
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Chlorination of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae.
Braun L; Sylivester YD; Zerefa MD; Maru M; Allan F; Zewge F; Emery AM; Kinung'hi S; Templeton MR
2020
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
The effectiveness of water treatment processes against schistosome cercariae: A systematic review.
Braun L; Grimes JET; Templeton MR
2018
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Nitrate pollution of groundwater by pit latrines in developing countries
R. Templeton M; S. Hammoud A; P. Butler A; Braun L; Foucher J-A; Grossmann J; Boukari M; Faye S; Patrice Jourda J
2015
AIMS Environmental Science
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