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 related to parasitic diseases, in particular neglected tropical diseases (NTD) that include 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. Currently she is developing a community-based diagnostic strategy for female genital schistosomiasis.
She is currently one of the Department Research Degree Coordinators (DRDC).
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. She teaches regularly at the Liverpool (LSTM) and London DTM&H and NDTM&H.
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
- 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