Dr Amaya Bustinduy
MD MPH PhD FRCPCH
in Tropical Paediatrics
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 and adolescents. related to neglected tropical parasitic diseases (NTD) such as malnutrition and anaemia. Other early work included profiling pro-inflammatory cytokines in schistosomiasis and drug (praziquantel) efficacy PK/PD studies in very young children in Uganda. (PIP trial: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/pip-trial)
She has been awarded a UKRI FLF to explore the integration of self-sampling for the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis with screening for other reproductive tract infections (HPV/ cervical cancer, STIs and HIV). (BILHIV study: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/node/76621)
She is currently one of the Department Research Degree Coordinators (DRDC).
Amaya is the module organiser of the NTD module offered for MSc students at LSHTM.She has been involved in teaching at the East African DTM&H since 2013 and is now the deputy director of the course since 2016. She teaches regularly at the London DTMH and PGDTN and Liverpool (LSTM).
She currently supervises PhD and MSc students at LSHTM, and co-supervises students at LSTM from the MSc in Global Health and Tropical Paediatrics.
- Female genital schistosomiasis-new diagnostics at a community level and integration into sexual and reproductive health screening
- Clinical trials involving Pk/PD of antiparasitic drugs in children
- Point-of-care diagnostics for schistosomiasis (infection and morbidity)
- HIV-schistosomiasis and other helminthic co-infection and their impact on child health
- Preschool schistosomiasis and integration of treatment into the Integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI)
- Environmental enteropathy in relation to helminthic diseases