Neglected tropical diseases

Dr. Mary Elizabeth G. Miranda

Dr. Mary Elizabeth G. Miranda

Dr. Miranda is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a graduate of the Field Epidemiology Training Program of the Department of Health. She is a Diplomate of the Philippine College of Veterinary Public Health and has undergone Medical Entomology training in the former National Institute of Health in Japan. She was formerly the Head of the Veterinary Research Department of the RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TROPICAL MEDICINE, Department of Health Philippines, where she still serves as a consultant on Veterinary Public Health, Zoonoses, Special Pathogens and Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases.

From 1985 to 2006, she worked as epidemiologist and veterinary public health expert for the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Among her major assignments were: Team Leader, Rabies Research Program and the Philippine Filovirus Working Group; Spokesperson of the Biodefense Working Group; Member, Dengue Study Group; Institutional and Ethical Review Board Member; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Chair; Institutional Safety Committee Chair; Institutional Biosafety Officer; and Member Philippine National Rabies Control Committee, and the Department of Health Technical Working Group on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

From 2002 to 2006, she served as a Veterinary Public Health and Field Epidemiology Consultant in the Communicable Disease Surveillance & Response Unit of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office for various concerns including rabies, SARS, avian influenza and other emerging and neglected communicable diseases including zoonoses.

She is currently a Regional Veterinary Epidemiology consultant of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific for Avian Influenza assisting in the implementation of field epidemiology training and surveillance capacity building for field veterinarians and para-professionals in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Bangladesh & Timor Leste.

During her entire career, she authored/co-authored several publications and book chapters on relevant topics on zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases.