Professor Rosanna Peeling
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Dr. Peeling is currently Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Trained as a medical microbiologist, Dr. Peeling had been Research Coordinator and Head of Diagnostics Research at the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Chief of the Canadian National Laboratory for Sexually Transmitted Diseases before assuming her current position. Her work in WHO/TDR focused on the evaluation of diagnostics appropriate for developing countries settings, to inform policy and procurement decisions. Her concern for the lack of international standards for diagnostic evaluations led to a series of publications in Nature Microbiology Reviews on the design and conduct of diagnostic evaluations for malaria, sexually transmitted infections, visceral leishmaniasis, dengue and CD4 assays.

Dr Peeling’s work at LSHTM spans from facilitating test development and evaluation to translation of evidence to policy, appropriate placement of new diagnostic technologies into different health care settings to ensure maximum impact, and innovation in the uptake of testing by at risk populations. She has a strong interest in ethical issues associated with conducting research in developing countries and was appointed the Chair of the WHO Research Ethics Review Committee 2004-6. Dr. Peeling is a member of many international advisory panels and editorial boards. She was the recipient of the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award, a 5NR Award for Canadian Leaders of Sustainable Development. Her research was featured in a Discovery Channel documentary on Chlamydia Infection and Infertility, and in Fighting Syphilis, a documentary in the highly acclaimed BBC Kill or Cure series.

Blog Entries by Professor Rosanna Peeling

Breaking the Sound of Silence on Syphilis

(2) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (13:48)

In more than twenty years of working in the field of global medicine, no disease I have encountered is as senseless as congenital syphilis. I will always remember a field trip to Haiti a few years back when I encountered a woman who had experienced the trauma of multiple stillbirths...

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Dying for the Lack of a Simple Test

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2012 | (01:00)

Each year, millions of people die simply because doctors and nurses lack the tools to diagnose their illness, or are misdiagnosed because of poor quality tests.

Today, I'm speaking at the Pacific Health Summit on the importance of harmonising the regulation of diagnostic tests. Having worked in diagnostics for...

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