Professor Amaya Bustinduy
MD MPH PhD FRCPCH
of Global Paediatric and Adolescent Infectious Diseases
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 holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship 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). -: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/zipime-weka-sc…
She is one of the co-leads of the children's (C) theme at the MARCH Centre with Hannah Blencowe
Amaya developed the NTD module offered for MSc students at LSHTM and co-lead the module until 2023. She has been involved in teaching at the East African DTM&H since 2013 and she was the deputy director of the course from 2016-2021. 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 the point-of-care, and integration into sexual and reproductive health community-based 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
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