Welcome to Professor Steve Lindsay
(30 March 2012)
The School welcomed Professor Lindsay, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as a member of staff early in March.
Professor Lindsay studies some of the world's most important vector-borne diseases; chiefly malaria. He is a public health entomologist who develops new tools to reduce the transmission of vector-borne diseases like malaria, trachoma and diarrhoeal diseases. He has studied vector-borne diseases for over 30 years and has worked in The Gambia, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos PDR, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, many in leading international journals.
He was a member of the team in the 1980s that showed that insecticide-treated bednets reduced malaria deaths. 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 the World Health Organisation.