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Dr Luis Nacul

MD, PhD

Associate Professor
of epidemiology and public health (clinical)

Room
490

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
02072994814

I have wide experience in public health, epidemiology and in general practice and medicine, having worked at health services and in clinical and public health research in Brazil, before joining the School, where I now work as a part-time Clinical Associate Professor in epidemiology and public health.

My main research interests are in ME/CFS and in chronic diseases and disability more generally. I direct the CureME research group (http://cureme.lshtm.ac.uk/) contributing with my clinical, epidemiological and public health skills to our multi-disciplinary research into ME/CFS, in partnership with experts from 3 Departments at the School and with people with ME/CFS. One of our flagship projects has been the UK ME/CFS Biobank, one of the pioneer biobank facilities in the world for the study of ME/CFS, which functions as an open resource for research in both ME/CFS and MS.   

Other interests include in congenital disorders and zika virus infection, with emphasis on the impact of disability and on interventions aiming at reducing disease incidence and morbidity. My activities in these fields have included leading on the creation of a toolkit for Health Needs Assessment in Congenital Disorders in Low and Middle-Income Countries (http://www.bornhealthy.org/toolkit.html) and participation in the Zika-Alliance consortium (https://zikalliance.tghn.org/).

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Teaching

My  main teaching has been in epidemiology and public health. I was one of the first course organisers for the Epidemiology MSc by Distant Learning with contribution to various teaching modules. I have supervised a number of post-graduate students in the UK and overseas. 

Research

I am the principal investigator for the National INstitutes of Health (US)-funded study ‘A longitudinal immunological and virological study for ME CFS biomarker discovery’; and for the ME Assocaitionfunded study on "UK ME/CFS Biobank: Opening our Doors") I have previously been the principal investigator for the feasibility studies on establishing a disease-specific post-mortem tissue bank and Biobank for the study of ME/CFS, which helped shape the current NIH-funded project. Previously I had been the London lead for the CFS/ME Observatory project, which encompassed a number of studies on the epidemiology, health services and social aspects of ME/CFS.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical databases
Diagnostics
Human genetics
Primary care
Public health
Health services
Public understanding
Discipline
Epidemiology
Genetics
Medicine
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Disability
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Country
Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Germany
Spain
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Latvia
Norway
Portugal
Uruguay
United States
Region
Euro area
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Evidence of Clinical Pathology Abnormalities in People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) from an Analytic Cross-Sectional Study.
Nacul L; de Barros B; Kingdon CC; Cliff JM; Clark TG; Mudie K; Dockrell HM; Lacerda EM
2019
Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland)
Cellular immune function in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Cliff JM; King EC; Lee J-S; Sepúlveda N; Wolf A-S; Kingdon C; Bowman E; Dockrell HM; Nacul L; Lacerda E
2019
Frontiers in Immunology
Prevalence and incidence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in Europe-the Euro-epiME study from the European network EUROMENE: a protocol for a systematic review.
Estévez-López F; Castro-Marrero J; Wang X; Bakken IJ; Ivanovs A; Nacul L; Sepúlveda N; Strand EB; Pheby D; Alegre J
2018
BMJ open
Using a participatory approach to develop and implement the UK ME/CFS Biobank.
Lacerda EM; Kingdon CC; Bowman EW; Nacul L
2017
Fatigue
Prevalence of and risk factors for severe cognitive and sleep symptoms in ME/CFS and MS.
Jain V; Arunkumar A; Kingdon C; Lacerda E; Nacul L
2017
BMC neurology
Zika virus infection and congenital anomalies in the Americas: opportunities for regional action
Larrandaburu M; Vianna FS; Anjos-daSilva A; Sanseverino MT; Schuler-Faccini L
2017
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
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