Professor Joanne P Webster’s key areas of research focus on the evolution, epidemiology, behaviour and control of helminth and protozoan parasites of humans and animals. As co-Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) (SCI.org) from its inauguration in 2002, Joanne has been responsible 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 approximately $155 million in funding and provided well over 273 million chemotherapeutic treatments (representing over 90% of all treatments across sub-Saharan Africa) for children and at-risk adults to date. She also works throughout Africa and Asia elucidating the role of domestic animals and wildlife in maintain NTD transmission and human disease, with a particular current focus within West Africa examining the evolution, epidemiology and impact upon human and animal health of novel hybridized zoonotic Schistsosoma spp. Finally, Joanne continues to work worldwide helping elucidate the impact of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii on host behaviour and its association with chronic disease.
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