Thursday, 28 September 2017

Prof Joanne Webster

Prof Joanne  Webster
Prof Joanne Webster
The Royal Veterinary College

Profile of Prof Joanne Webster

After gaining a double First class B.Sc. hons, her D.Phil at the University of Oxford examined the epidemiology of zoonotic disease. Her doctoral research also developed a novel line of research focusing on the impact of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii on host behaviour and its association with chronic disease. After just over a year working as a clinical scientist at the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC) in London, she returned to Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow, EPA Cephalosporin JRF, Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and finally as a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF). During this period she expanded the scope of her work to encompass global health and tropical field research and disease control across much of Africa and Asia.

Joanne accepted a Readership at Imperial College in 2003 and was promoted to a personal tenured Chair in Parasitic Disease Epidemiology in 2006. The key motivation for this move was the unique opportunity to be co-Director of the then newly formed Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI). In this role she has been responsible from the outset for the design, implementation and evaluation of large-scale sustainable Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) control programmes, with a focus on schistosomiasis, across sub-Saharan Africa. These activities have attracted over $155 million in funding and provided over 273 million chemotherapeutic treatments (representing over 90% of all treatments across sub-Saharan Africa) for children and at-risk adults to date (2003-2014).

In October 2014 Joanne joined the Royal Veterinary College at the start of her new One Health ZELS research programme
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