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Rachel Pullan

MSci MSc PhD

Associate Professor
of Epidemiology

Room
Room 401

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7927 2702

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist, interested in the epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on spatial epidemiology and operational research. I am particularly interested in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions for prevention, control and potential elimination of helminthic NTDs.

I have a first degree in biochemistry from Imperial College London, and an MSc (Demography and Health) and PhD (Epidemiology) from LSHTM. I have been based at LSHTM since 2005, and lead a group of epidemiologists specialising in GIS, spatial analysis, and field-based research including large cluster randomised trials of public health interventions. We work closely with national control programmes and international agencies, and place a strong emphasis on developing an evidence base that can be used to inform policy and practice.

I am the Deputy Director of the London Centre for NTD Research (www.londonntd.org), Associate Editor with PLOS NTDs (www.journals.plos.org/plosntds/) and a member of the STH Advisory Committee.

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control

Centres

Centre for Evaluation

Teaching

I am a Research Degree Coordinator for the Disease Control Department. I am also the course organiser for the study unit Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health and contribute to a number of other teaching modules including Parasitology and Entomology and Applying Public Health Principles. In addition, my research group has developed a short training course in GIS tailored for NTD programme managers (http://www.thiswormyworld.org/training/iv-modern-tools-for-ntd-control-programmes)/

I currently supervise three PhD students: Rebecca Flueckiger (spatial epidemiology of trachoma), Simon Kogozi (spatial analysis of routine malaria data); Stefan Witek-McManus (community health workers and the delivery fo NTD programmes).

Research

Our research focuses on two areas:

Spatial epidemiology of NTDs: I lead the Global Atlas of Helminth Infection (www.thiswormyworld.org), an open-access global information platform on the distribution of soil-transmitted helminths (STH), schistosomes and lymphatic filariasis (LF). We are increasingly interested in the spatio-temporal distribution of NTDs, the degree to which changes can be related to the scaling up of interventions or other factors, and a spatially-considered approach to M&E and surveillance for ongoing programmes.

Evaluating intervention strategies: We are currently implementing the TUMIKIA Project in Kenya, which aims to determine whether community-based deworming is more effective at controlling and eliminating soil-transmitted helminths than school-based deworming. This is a community-based randomised controlled trial intended to strengthen the evidence base surrounding STH control and elimination. In addition to addressing the impact of treatment strategies on transmission of STH, we are investigating the cost and cost-effectiveness, feasibility, acceptability and equity of alternative strategies and delivery mechanisms.

Our research is supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Joint Global Health Trials Scheme (DFID, MRC and Wellcome Trust).

Research Area
Complex interventions
Parasites
Disease control
Equity
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Implementation research
Discipline
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Operational research
Parasitology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Malaria
Malnutrition
Trachoma
Lymphatic filariasis
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Schistosomiasis
Tropical diseases
Buruli Ulcer
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Rapid shifts in the age-specific burden of malaria following successful control interventions in four regions of Uganda.
Kigozi SP; Kigozi RN; Epstein A; Mpimbaza A; Sserwanga A; Yeka A; Nankabirwa JI; Halliday K; Pullan RL; Rutazaana D
2020
Malaria journal
"Buruli ulcer and leprosy, they are intertwined": Patient experiences of integrated case management of skin neglected tropical diseases in Liberia.
Prochazka M; Timothy J; Pullan R; Kollie K; Rogers E; Wright A; Palmer J
2020
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION AND PREVALENCE OF PODOCO-NIOSIS IN RWANDA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL COUNTRY-WIDE SURVEY
Deribe K; Mbituyumuremyi A; Cano J; Mbonigaba JB; Giorgi E; Ruberanziza E; Bayisenge U; Pullan RL; Newport MJ; Davey G
2019
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION AND PREVALENCE OF PODOCONIOSIS IN RWANDA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL COUNTRY-WIDE SURVEY
Deribe K; Mbituyumuremyi A; Cano J; Mbonigaba JB; Giorgi E; Ruberanziza E; Bayisenge U; Pullan RL; Newport MJ; Davey G
2019
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE
Mapping the global distribution of podoconiosis: Applying an evidence consensus approach.
Deribe K; Simpson H; Cano J; Pigott DM; Weaver ND; Cromwell EA; Brady OJ; Pullan RL; Noor AM; Argaw D
2019
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
The global burden of trichiasis in 2016.
Flueckiger RM; Courtright P; Abdala M; Abdou A; Abdulnafea Z; Al-Khatib TK; Amer K; Amiel ON; Awoussi S; Bakhtiari A
2019
PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES
Domains of transmission and association of community, school, and household sanitation with soil-transmitted helminth infections among children in coastal Kenya.
Oswald WE; Halliday KE; Mcharo C; Witek-McManus S; Kepha S; Gichuki PM; Cano J; Diaz-Ordaz K; Allen E; Mwandawiro CS
2019
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Heterogeneity in transmission parameters of hookworm infection within the baseline data from the TUMIKIA study in Kenya.
Truscott JE; Ower AK; Werkman M; Halliday K; Oswald WE; Gichuki PM; Mcharo C; Brooker S; Njenga SM; Mwandariwo C
2019
Parasites & Vectors
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