Ms Suzy Campbell

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Suzy graduated in Life Sciences (BSc) and Anthropology (BA) from the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), and subsequently an MPH from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) with a dissertation on rotavirus epidemiology in Queensland, before completing her PhD on quantitative epidemiology of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in Timor-Leste at the Australian National University. Between academic studies, Suzy worked for the Australian Government and Queensland Government for over 11 years in infectious disease technical roles, most recently being the Principal Policy Advisor for Immunisation (Queensland Health) for six years prior to her PhD. 

Suzy recently joined LSTM as a Research Associate in the Department of Parasitology, working on epidemiological/parasitological alternative treatment strategies for deworming against schistosomiasis and STH for the COUNTDOWN research consortium. In this role, she contributes regularly to blogs.

 

LSTM personnel with some of our collaborators from Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana

Kato-Katz training day, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana

 

 

Malacology (snail) surveying in Lake Barombi Kotto, Cameroon

   

Research

Schistosomiasis (Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobium) and STH (Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale) infections constitute a major public health problem and the majority neglected tropical disease (NTD) burden. Globally, schistosomiasis and STH cause an estimated disease burden exceeding eight million disability adjusted life years. Infections contribute heavily to intestinal damage, anaemia, impaired physical and mental growth in children and, for schistosomiasis, urinary and genital organ damage. Schistosomiasis and STH are endemic in many countries. The mainstay of morbidity control from these infections is mass drug administration (MDA); these programmes primarily focus on periodic treatment of school-aged children in school settings. 

Suzy’s research involves conducting field studies in schistosomiasis and STH endemic regions of Ghana and Cameroon, to better determine disease burden in non-school cohorts, and assess the impact and feasibility of increased frequency and expanded access to deworming drugs against schistosomiasis and STH. Using an integrated approach that combines epidemiology, parasitology, social science and health economics, this programme of work, which is part of the COUNTDOWN research consortium, is pivotal in assessing the impact, feasibility, and accessibility of alternative MDA in these countries. 

Suzy also has a longstanding interest in integrated approaches to health care delivery and the development of structural primary care approaches to address health system strengthening. 

Publications

  • Selected publications

    Campbell SJ, Nery SV, D’Este CA, Gray DJ, McCarthy JS, Traub RJ, Atkinson J-AM, Andrews RM, Amaral S, Clements ACA. Water, sanitation and hygiene related risk factors for soil-transmitted helminth and Giardia duodenalis infections in Timor-Leste. Under review; Int J Para.

    Campbell SJ, Nery SV, Doi SA, Gray DJ, Soares Magalhães RJ, McCarthy JS, Traub RJ, Andrews RA, Clements ACA (2016). Complexities and perplexities: a critical appraisal of the evidence for soil-transmitted helminth infection-related morbidity. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(5): e0004566.

    Campbell SJ, Nery SV, McCarthy JS, Gray DJ, Soares Magalhães RJ, Clements ACA (2016). A critical appraisal of control strategies for soil-transmitted helminths. Invited Review; Trends in Parasitology, February 2016, 32(2):97-107.

    Nery SV, McCarthy JS, Traub RJ, Andrews RA, Black J, Gray DJ, Weking E, Atkinson J-AM, Campbell SJ, Francis N, Vallely A, Morrow M, Williams G, Clements ACA (2015). WASH for WORMS: A cluster randomized controlled trial integrating a community-based water, sanitation and hygiene program with mass albendazole to reduce intestinal parasites in Timor-Leste. BMJ Open 5:e009293.

    Campbell SJ, Savage GB, Gray DJ, Atkinson J-AM, Soares Magalhães RJ, Nery SV, McCarthy JS, Velleman Y, Wicken JH, Traub RJ, Williams GM, Andrews RM, Clements ACA (2014). Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH): a critical component for sustainable soil-transmitted helminth and schistosomiasis control. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(4):e2651.

    Campbell SJ, MD Nissen, SB Lambert (2009). Rotavirus epidemiology in Queensland during the pre-vaccine era. Commun Dis Intell 33(2) June 2009.