Professor Rosanna Peeling
& Chair of Diagnostics Research Director of the International Diagnostics Centre
Rosanna Peeling is currently Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC). Trained as a medical microbiologist, Dr. Peeling had been Research Coordinator and Head of Diagnostics Research at the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Chief of the Canadian National Laboratory for Sexually Transmitted Diseases before assuming her current position. Her work in WHO/TDR focused on the evaluation of diagnostics appropriate for developing countries settings, to inform policy and procurement decisions. Dr Peeling’s work at LSHTM spans from facilitating test development and evaluation to translation of evidence to policy, appropriate placement of new diagnostic technologies into different health care settings to ensure maximum impact, and innovation in the uptake of testing by marginalised populations. She established the IDC to provide a global hub for advocating the value of diagnostics, fostering innovation, and accelerating regulatory approval and access to quality-assured diagnostics to improve global health. In 2014, she was awarded the George MacDonald Medal by the Royal Society of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for contributions to tropical medicine, becoming the first woman to receive this honour.
Prof Peeling teaches in the RTI/STI module and gives a lecture on diagnostics in the MSc course in Tropical Medicine and International Health at LSHTM.
Concerned about the lack of capacity for critical decision making in diagnostics in the developing world, Dr. Peeling, in collaboration with the Fondation Merieux, initiated an Advanced Course on Diagnostics for policy makers in 2010. In 2014, the course was attended by 46 participants from 33 countries. This 5-day course takes place at Annecy, France every year and is supported by donors and diagnostics associations from all around the world.
Prof Peeling’s work in WHO/TDR focused on the evaluation of diagnostics to inform policy and procurement decisions in developing countries. She has also extensive experience conducting implementation research on the introduction of new diagnostics to ensure optimal uptake and sustainable adoption. At LSHTM, Prof Peeling established the International Diagnostics Centre with the aims of accelerating access to diagnostics in the developing world through reducing duplication of clinical trials, streamlining regulatory approval and accelerating policy development.
In collaboration with WHO/TDR and the University of Hong Kong, Prof Peeling is exploring the use of social innovation to build sustainable models of health service delivery in the developing world.