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Dr Eliana Lacerda

MD MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

Room
490

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44(0)20 8958 8134

I have a medical background with specialty training in Public Health and Occupational health in Brazil, and have worked in distinct health settings before returning to academia as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Pernambuco (Recife-Brazil).

After finishing my PhD in Environmental Health at the LSHTM, I joined a small team of investigators carrying out studies on ME/CFS in the UK, which lately formed the CureME team. Our group have established the UK ME/CFS Biobank to enhance biomedical research in the field, and I currently oversee the Biobank’s procedures from recruitment of consenting participants to release of samples to lab-based research teams. I am also involved in the clinical and analysis of studies being performed in collaboration with colleagues from the Immunology and Infection and the Pathogen Molecular Biology Departments.

I am the co-Chair of the European Network on ME/CFS (EUROMENE), and a team member of the Working Groups on Epidemiology and Clinical Research. I am also a member of the working groups to develop ME/CFS common data elements (CDEs), organised by a collaboration between the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NINDS/CDC) to further progress ME/CFS research.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Teaching

  • MSc Module Organiser: “Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries”, since 2015
  • MSc Module tutor: “Fundamentals of Epidemiology”, 2007-2014
  • Supervision of MSc students and international medical students on internships at the LSHTM
  • Teaching medical undergraduate students and post-graduates in Brazil, since 1997.

Research

My initial research activities were focused on occupational and environmental health. As an MSc student I carried out a study on repetitive strain injuries (RSI) in Brazilian bank workers, before developing a study with a community of shellfish harvester women in Brazil Northeast, as part of my PhD at the LSHTM.

My research on ME/CFS started with an epidemiological study, based in the UK. Subsequently, our team developed participatory studies to develop infra-structure for enabling ME/CFS biomedical research. These studies lead to the development of protocols for the establishment of a post-mortem ME/CFS Tissue Bank, and a Biobank.

Our current research, which has also been developed within a participatory framework, involves clinically phenotyping a cohort of people with ME/CFS, or with multiple sclerosis, and healthy individuals. We are also looking at potential correlations between clinical, immunological, and gene-expression phenotypes, considering the virological findings in this cohort. 

Research Area
Health outcomes
Environmental Health
Education
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Country
Belgium
Bulgaria
Belarus
Brazil
Germany
Denmark
Spain
Finland
France
United Kingdom
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Romania
Serbia
Sweden
Region
Euro area
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)

Selected Publications

The UK ME/CFS Biobank for biomedical research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Multiple Sclerosis.
Lacerda, E.M. ; Bowman, E.W. ; Cliff, J.M. ; Kingdon, C.C. ; King, E.C. ; Lee, J.S. ; Clark, T.G. ; Dockrell, H.M. ; Riley, E.M. ; Curran, H. ; Nacul, L. ;
2017
Open J Bioresour
The European ME/CFS Biomarker Landscape project: an initiative of the European network EUROMENE.
Scheibenbogen, C. ; Freitag, H. ; Blanco, J. ; Capelli, E. ; Lacerda, E. ; Authier, J. ; Meeus, M. ; Castro Marrero, J. ; Nora-Krukle, Z. ; Oltra, E. ; Strand, E.B. ; Shikova, E. ; Sekulic, S. ; Murovska, M. ;
2017
J Transl Med
How have selection bias and disease misclassification undermined the validity of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome studies?
Nacul, L.; Lacerda, E.M.; Kingdon, C.C.; Curran, H.; Bowman, E.W.
2017
Journal of Health Psychology
The functional status and well being of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and their carers.
Nacul, L.C. ; Lacerda, E.M. ; Campion, P. ; Pheby, D. ; Drachler, M.d.e. .L. ; Leite, J.C. ; Poland, F. ; Howe, A. ; Fayyaz, S. ; Molokhia, M. ;
2011
BMC Public Health
Prevalence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in three regions of England: a repeated cross-sectional study in primary care.
Nacul, L.C. ; Lacerda, E.M. ; Pheby, D. ; Campion, P. ; Molokhia, M. ; Fayyaz, S. ; Leite, J.C. ; Poland, F. ; Howe, A. ; Drachler, M.L. ;
2011
BMC Med
Exploring the feasibility of establishing a disease-specific post-mortem tissue bank in the UK: a case study in ME/CFS.
Lacerda, E.M.; Nacul, L.; Pheby, D.; Shepherd, C.; Spencer, P.;
2010
J Clin Pathol
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