The London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research – an interview with Sir Roy Anderson

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The London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR; UK) is a leading research collaboration between Natural History Museum, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London, and the Royal Veterinary College (all London, UK).

The LCNTDR and its members partner with governments and other research organisations such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK), to undertake cutting-edge NTD research. In this interview, we speak to Sir Roy Anderson, Director for the LCNTDR and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London (UK).

Here, Roy highlights some of the research projects currently being undertaken as part of the LCNTDR, such as the DeWorm3 project, and also shares his thoughts on the progress made in the this field since the Centre’s inception.

It is considered that we’re in the endgame for many NTDs, with effective implementation of treatments and control measures being a priority. Roy shares his extensive expertise on this topic – from the development of a schistosomiasis vaccine to the need for sustainable economic models to eliminate these diseases.

Are we on track to eliminate or eradicate several NTDs by 2020, as per the WHO’s Roadmap? Find out in our 3 part interview with Roy below.

Part 1

00.15 – First, could you introduce yourself and the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research?

03.08 – Why do you think an interdisciplinary approach is important in helping the NTD field progress?

Part 2

00.17 – 2012 saw the London Declaration on NTDs – 5 years on, what progress has been made?

03.43 – There’s also some interesting work on the schistosomiasis vaccine, could you tell us a bit more about this?

Part 3

00.15 – Do you feel we’re on track to eliminate or eradicate several neglected tropical diseases by 2020, as per the WHO’s Roadmap, and what steps do you think could help bring this about faster?

03.16 – Personally, you have sat on numerous government and international agency committees – more broadly, how important is the role of policy in diseases control and elimination?

05.22 – Finally, do you have any additional thoughts or comments you’d like to share?

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