Dr James Rudge
BSc MSc PhD
of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University
420/1 Rajvithi Rd., Ratchathewi
I joined the Communicable Diseases Policy Research Group (www.cdprg.org) at LSHTM in 2009. I am interested in conducting interdisciplinary, “One-Health”-focussed research on the emergence, transmission, and burden of infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, and the capacity of health systems to respond. My main research experience is with mathematical, field and molecular epidemiology, and health systems analyses. Based in Southeast Asia for the past ten years, I am currently involved in several research projects (below), where my roles include conceiving and designing epidemiological studies and mathematical models, overseeing and coordinating research projects, and leading quantitative data analyses.
Before joining CDPRG, I completed my PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London, researching the zoonotic transmission and population genetics of schistosomiasis in China and the Philippines. Prior to this I gained a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Modern Epidemiology, also at Imperial.
I am involved in the LSHTM MSc Public Health (Distance Learning) programme, as Module Organiser and tutor for the Applied Communicable Disease Control module (PHM218), and MSc project supervisor.
I am also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand.
I am currently involved in the following research projects:
- Understanding zoonotic and pandemic risk in relation to swine production and exchange systems in Cambodia (Role: PI, Funding: U.S. Defense Threat Reductio0n Agency)
- Model evaluation of novel diagnostics for the endgame for soil-transmitted helminths. (Role: Co-investigator; PI: Graham Medley, Funding: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
- Respiratory infectious disease among Cohorts in Vientiane Province, Laos (LaCoRIS). (Role: Co-Investigator; PI: Silaphet Somphavong; Funding: US Naval Medical Research Center.)
Previous projects include:
- Determining the association between livestock systems and inflenza prevalence and diversity in swine, Cambodia (PigFluCam) (Role: Principal Investigator, Funding: US Naval Medical Research Center)
- Molecular Epidemiology of Influenza A in Bali, Indonesia (BaliMEI) (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: Roche)
- Developing evidence-based investment options in support of pandemic preparedness policy in Cambodia (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: GIZ)
- Surge in demand for health services: evaluating health system impact and capacity to respond in low- and middle-income countries (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: GIZ)
- Health systems analysis to support capacity development for responding to pandemic influenza in Asia (AsiaFluCap) (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: EU and Rockefeller Foundation)
- The integration of Global Fund portfolios into health systems in five countries in Asia (PI: Richard Coker, Funding: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria)
- Social mixing patterns for influenza-like illness in Asia (SMILI) (PI: John Edmunds, Funding: WHO)