Professor Rosanna Peeling

Nationality: Canadian

Rosanna Peeling is currently Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Trained as a medical microbiologist, Professor Peeling was the Research Coordinator and Head of Diagnostics Research at the Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and the Chief of the Canadian National Laboratory for Sexually Transmitted Diseases before assuming her current position.

Professor Peeling’s work in TDR focused on the evaluation of diagnostics to inform policy and procurement decisions in developing countries. She has also extensive experience in implementation research on the introduction of new diagnostics to ensure optimal uptake and sustainable adoption. She has established the IDC with the aims of accelerating access to diagnostics through reducing duplication of clinical trials, streamlining regulatory approval and accelerating policy development.

In collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, Professor Peeling is exploring the use of social entrepreneurship to build sustainable models of diagnostic service delivery in the developing world.

Dr Peeling, in collaboration with the Fondation Merieux, initiated an Advanced Course on Diagnostics for policy makers in 2010. 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 has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, authoritative reviews and book chapters and has been a major contributor to WHO Global Strategies for STI 2002-2007, and for Dengue Prevention and Control 2012-2020. She was the recipient of a 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.


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