Anthony Solomon


Honorary Senior Lecturer
in Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Medical Officer, Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva; Chief Scientist to Tropical Data; Honorary Consultant at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases / University College London Hospital.


Department of Clinical Research


I teach on the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and on a number of MSc courses.


My main research interest has been to generate evidence for best practice in the control and elimination of the blinding eye condition trachoma, a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Within this focus, I contribute to work ranging from basic biochemistry and genetic epidemiology of the causative organism, Chlamydia trachomatis, to polilcy development and economics of control programmes. More broadly, I wish to test opportunities for synergising the activities of NTD programmes in the mapping, control, monitoring and post-elimination phases of their work.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Infectious disease policy
Disease control
Global Health
Mobile technologies
Randomised controlled trials
Genetic epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Skin disease
Tropical diseases
Arab World
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Pacific island small states
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The geographical distribution and burden of trachoma in Africa.
Smith, J.L. ; Flueckiger, R.M. ; Hooper, P.J. ; Polack, S. ; Cromwell, E.A. ; Palmer, S.L. ; Emerson, P.M. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Haddad, D. ; Brooker, S.J. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Whole-genome analysis of diverse Chlamydia trachomatis strains identifies phylogenetic relationships masked by current clinical typing.
Harris, S.R. ; Clarke, I.N. ; Seth-Smith, H.M. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Cutcliffe, L.T. ; Marsh, P. ; Skilton, R.J. ; Holland, M.J. ; Mabey, D. ; Peeling, R.W. ; Lewis, D.A. ; Spratt, B.G. ; Unemo, M. ; Persson, K. ; Bjartling, C. ; Brunham, R. ; de Vries, H.J. ; Morré, S.A. ; Speksnijder, A. ; Bébéar, C.M. ; Clerc, M. ; de Barbeyrac, B. ; Parkhill, J. ; Thomson, N.R. ;
Nat Genet
A diagnostics platform for the integrated mapping, monitoring, and surveillance of neglected tropical diseases: rationale and target product profiles.
Solomon, A.W. ; Engels, D. ; Bailey, R.L. ; Blake, I.M. ; Brooker, S. ; Chen, J.X. ; Chen, J.H. ; Churcher, T.S. ; Drakeley, C.J. ; Edwards, T. ; Fenwick, A. ; French, M. ; Gabrielli, A.F. ; Grassly, N.C. ; Harding-Esch, E.M. ; Holland, M.J. ; Koukounari, A. ; Lammie, P.J. ; Leslie, J. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Rhajaoui, M. ; Secor, W.E. ; Stothard, J.R. ; Wei, H. ; Willingham, A.L. ; Zhou, X.N. ; Peeling, R.W. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Antibiotics for trachoma.
Evans, J.R. ; Solomon, A.W. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Mapping the global distribution of trachoma: why an updated atlas is needed.
Smith, J.L. ; Haddad, D. ; Polack, S. ; Harding-Esch, E.M. ; Hooper, P.J. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Brooker, S. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
When can antibiotic treatments for trachoma be discontinued? Graduating communities in three african countries.
Ray, K.J.; Lietman, T.M.; Porco, T.C.; Keenan, J.D.; Bailey, R.L.; Solomon, A.W.; Burton, M.J.; Harding-Esch, E.; Holland, M.J.; Mabey, D.;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Two doses of azithromycin to eliminate trachoma in a Tanzanian community.
Solomon, A.W. ; Harding-Esch, E. ; Alexander, N.D. ; Aguirre, A. ; Holland, M.J. ; Bailey, R.L. ; Foster, A. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Massae, P.A. ; Courtright, P. ; Shao, J.F. ;
N Engl J Med
Field evaluation of a rapid point-of-care assay for targeting antibiotic treatment for trachoma control: a comparative study
Michel, C. E. C.; Solomon, A. W.; Magbanua, J. P. V.; Massae, P. A.; Huang, L.; Mosha, J.; West, S. K.; Nadala, E. C. B.; Bailey, R.; Wisniewski, C.; Mabey, D. C. W.; Lee, H. H.
See all Anthony Solomon's Publications