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Dr Kimberly Fornace

BA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

My research focuses on identifying spatial and environmental risk factors for infectious diseases by applying geo-statistical and machine learning approaches. Using aerial (drone) and satellite-based remote sensing data, this work aims to assess how ecological and environmental changes impact infectious disease transmission. 

As part of the MONKEYBAR project, a core focus of this work has been characterising the spatial epidemiology of the zoonotic malaria Plasmodium knowlesi in Malaysian Borneo and the Philippines and evaluating associations with deforestation and other land use changes. My current research focuses on developing spatio-temporal models of disease risks using serological data to estimate transmission intensity of malaria and other neglected tropical diseases in Southeast Asia and Africa. 

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health

Research

Research Area
Climate change
Environment
Public health
Surveillance
Bayesian Analysis
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Global Health
Spatial analysis
Discipline
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Malaria
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease

Selected Publications

Predictive analysis across spatial scales links zoonotic malaria to deforestation
Brock PM; Fornace KM; Grigg MJ; Anstey NM; William T; Cox J; Drakeley CJ; Ferguson HM; Kao RR
2019
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Environmental risk factors and exposure to the zoonotic malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi across northern Sabah, Malaysia: a population-based cross-sectional survey
Fornace KM; Brock PM; Abidin TR; Grignard L; Herman LS; Chua TH; Daim S; William T; Patterson CLEB; Hall T
2019
Lancet Planetary Health
Use of mobile technology-based participatory mapping approaches to geolocate health facility attendees for disease surveillance in low resource settings.
Fornace KM; Surendra H; Abidin TR; Reyes R; Macalinao MLM; Stresman G; Luchavez J; Ahmad RA; Supargiyono S; Espino F
2018
International journal of health geographics
Association between Landscape Factors and Spatial Patterns of Plasmodium knowlesi Infections in Sabah, Malaysia.
Fornace KM; Abidin TR; Alexander N; Brock P; Grigg MJ; Murphy A; William T; Menon J; Drakeley CJ; Cox J
2016
Emerging infectious diseases
Mapping infectious disease landscapes: unmanned aerial vehicles and epidemiology.
Fornace KM; Drakeley CJ; William T; Espino F; Cox J
2014
Trends in parasitology
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