Neglected tropical diseases

Dr Steven W. Lindsay

School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK.

Professor Lindsay is a public health entomologist and is involved in the development of new tools to reduce the transmission of vector-borne diseases. He has studied vector-borne diseases for nearly 35 years and has worked in Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Kenya, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Pakistan, Thailand, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

He has published nearly 150 peer-reviewed papers. More recently, his team demonstrated the importance of house screening to reduce anaemia in children, and that larval control can be an extremely effective method of malaria control in specific situations. He was also part of the team that demonstrated that trachoma, a major cause of blindness, is transmitted by the face fly, Musca sorbens. He is a strong advocate of the use of integrated vector management for the control of vector-borne diseases and works closely with Roll Back Malaria and WHO.