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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 one PhD student: Rebecca Flueckiger (spatial epidemiology of trachoma).

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
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Plasmodium-helminth coinfection and its sources of heterogeneity across East Africa.
Brooker, S.J. ; Pullan, R.L. ; Gitonga, C.W. ; Ashton, R.A. ; Kolaczinski, J.H. ; Kabatereine, N.B. ; Snow, R.W. ;
J Infect Dis
Spatial parasite ecology and epidemiology: a review of methods and applications.
Pullan, R.L.; Sturrock, H.J.; Soares Magalhães, R.J.; Clements, A.C.; Brooker, S.J.;
Parasitology
Heterogeneities and Consequences of Plasmodium Species and Hookworm Coinfection: A Population Based Study in Uganda.
Pullan, R.L.; Kabatereine, N.B.; Bukirwa, H.; Staedke, S.G.; Brooker, S.;
J Infect Dis
Spatial modelling of soil-transmitted helminth infections in kenya: a disease control planning tool.
Pullan, R.L. ; Gething, P.W. ; Smith, J.L. ; Mwandawiro, C.S. ; Sturrock, H.J. ; Gitonga, C.W. ; Hay, S.I. ; Brooker, S. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Spatial and genetic epidemiology of hookworm in a rural community in Uganda.
Pullan, R.L.; Kabatereine, N.B.; Quinnell, R.J.; Brooker, S.;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Heritability of Plasmodium parasite density in a rural Ugandan community.
Pullan, R.L.; Bukirwa, H.; Snow, R.W.; Brooker, S.;
Am J Trop Med Hyg
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