Researcher

Associate Professor Susana Vaz Nery

My Expertise

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Soil Transmitted Helminths

Malaria

Keywords

Biography

Susana has a multidisciplinary background, combining degrees and experience in biochemistry, neurosciences, health policy and international development, and field epidemiology in tropical diseases. 

Following undergraduate studies in Portugal, Susana undertook her PhD in neuroscience (at NYU Medical Centre, New York, awarded in 2003).  She began her career on tropical diseases as a malaria molecular parasitologist at the London School of...view more

Susana has a multidisciplinary background, combining degrees and experience in biochemistry, neurosciences, health policy and international development, and field epidemiology in tropical diseases. 

Following undergraduate studies in Portugal, Susana undertook her PhD in neuroscience (at NYU Medical Centre, New York, awarded in 2003).  She began her career on tropical diseases as a malaria molecular parasitologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), with a EMBL fellowship. While based in London, she did malaria research in top African research centres: Kenya Medical Research Institute - Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KEMRI-WT, Kilifi, Kenya); Medical Research Council - The Gambia Unit; and the Joint Malaria Programme (based at KCMC - Moshi, Tanzania).

In 2007 she joined Malaria Consortium in Mozambique, as a monitoring and evaluation and public health specialist, providing technical support to the National Malaria Control Program.

Susana then moved to Angola as the scientific coordinator of a recently created health research centre (CISA Project), where she led a team of approximately 70 scientific and field staff.

In 2012 she re-joined academia and moved to Timor-Leste to work on the control of soil transmitted helminths and other tropical diseases, and to Canberra in 2015, as a senior research fellow at ANU, with her research funded by the NHMRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Susana has joined the Kirby Institute at UNSW in 2018, where she leads the Neglected Tropical Diseases research group, that uses intervention studies to generate evidence that can inform health policy changes for more effective and sustainable disease control strategies.


My Grants

Competitive GRANTS 

Nery S.V., Clements A., Halton K., Anderson R., Gray D.

School versus community-based albendazole deworming for control of soil transmitted helminths in school-age children in the Philippines – a cluster randomised controlled trial.

NHMRC Partnership Project Grant APP1139561. $1,336,408.20. 2018-2020.

Aung E., Gray D., Nery S.V.,

Clements A.,

Soil-transmitted helminthiases and related behaviours among schoolchildren in Myanmar.

Government Partnerships for Development, Department of Foreign

 Affairs and Trade (DFAT), (a collaboration between The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Yangon). $6,000 AUD

1 March 2016 to 30 September 2016

Nery S.V., Viney K., Pham M.

Economic evaluation of patient costs associated with tuberculosis diagnosis and care in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste

Excellence in Population Health Award, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, 2015. $15 000 AUD

Nery S.V., Clements A., Gray D. 

Should integrated deworming and WASH programs for STH control be delivered in schools or the community?

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations 2015–2016. (OPP1119041) $100,000 USD

Chief investigators: Gray D., Clements A., Stewart D., McCarthy J., Soares Magalhaes R., Halton K. Associate investigators: Nery S., Laksono B., Hadisaputro S., Sadler R., Bieri F.

The effectiveness, acceptability and cost effectiveness of the 'BALatrine': a culturally acceptable latrine intervention in resource limited environments

NHMRC Partnership Project Grant. Partner: UBS Optimus Foundation. 2014–2016 (APP1077138) $764,916 AUD

Clements A., Andrews R., McCarthy J., Black J., Traub R, Gray D., Nery S.

A cluster RCT of the impact of a community-based hygiene and sanitation program on infection with intestinal parasites following mass albendazole chemotherapy in Timor-Leste

NHMRC Partnership Project Grant. Partner: WaterAid Australia. (APP1013713) 20112013 (delayed 2012-2015) $987,270 AUD

Non-Competitive GRANTS

 

Lokuge K., Nery S.V., Banks E.

Improving basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care through training and infrastructure support to community health workers in rural and remote regions of Papua New Guinea

 

UNICEF, Papua New Guinea, 2017. $30 800 AUD

Nery S.V., Viney K.

Economic evaluation of patient costs associated with tuberculosis diagnosis and care in Solomon Islands

WHO Western Pacific Region, 2016. $15 000 AUD

Nery S.V., Viney K.

Economic evaluation of patient costs associated with tuberculosis diagnosis and care in Timor-Leste

WHO Timor-Leste country office, 2016. $3 000 AUD

Nery S.V. (CISA)

Management of 1M euros/year for setting up a research centre and initiating research activities (health and demographic surveillance system, verbal autopsy, baseline survey of malaria, intestinal parasites, schistosomiasis, anemia and malnutrition, and baseline survey of hypertension).

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2009 to 2012, €1,000,000/year


My Qualifications

MSc, PhD


My Awards

FELLOWSHIPS

1/2006 to 1/2007

(approx. $34,500)

Post-doc Fellowship

 

Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal

 

1/2004 to 1/2006

(approx. $90,000)

Long-term Post-doc Fellowship

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

 

9/1997 to 5/2002

(approx. $100,000)

PhD Fellowship

Gulbenkian Foundation and the Portuguese Government (Foundation for Science and Technology), Portugal

 

1997

(approx. $7,500)

Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Portuguese National Board for Scientific and Technological Research (JNICT)

 

1997

(approx. $7,500)

Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Portugal-France Cooperation Program

JNICT/INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research)

 

1996

(approx. $10,000)

Undergraduate Scholarship

European Community Erasmus program


My Research Activities

In the last 6 years i was overseeing a program of research being implemented in Timor-Leste, that includes:

1) STH epidemiology and control

- Integrated WASH and deworming for STH control: a NHMRC funded (APP10137133) 3 year trial looking at the impact of WASH and albendazole on STH infections (WASH for WORMS);

- Community-wide vs school-targeted WASH and deworming for STH control - (S)WASH-D for Worms (Bill and Melinda Gates GCE - OPP1119041);

- Investigating zoonotic transmission of Ascaris species between pigs and humans;

- Assessment of environmental enteropathy and potential association with infection with soil transmitted helminths

-Efficacy of albendazole prior to mass drug administration

2) Spatial analysis of dengue and

3) Catastrophic costs associated with tuberculosis (RSPH-ANU & WHO)

In Indonesia I am an associate investigator in a trial assessing the impact of a sanitation intervention on infection with intestinal worms (APP APP1077138).

In Myanmar I am involved in a pilot study looking at STH infection levels in school children (DFAT).

In Angola (CISA Project), I am one of the chief investigators of a study looking at the impact of the distribution of albendazol, bednets and praziquantel on anemia in school aged children.  

In Papua New Guinea I am co-investigator in a study evaluating the impact of an obstetric and neonatal care training program on the provision of these services.

Recently I have been awarded a $1.3M NHMRC Project Grant (CIA) to compare the impact of school vs community distribution of albendazole in school-age children in the Philippines.


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILPs, Honours, MSc, PhD

Field Epidemiology

Neglected Tropical Diseases 

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis


Currently supervising

PhD students

2020 -

Brandon Le, Ivermectin for STH control

 

Primary supervisor, Kirby Institute, UNSW

 

2019 -

Phoebe Mutila Kisavi, Feasibility and acceptability of community deworming for STH control

 

Primary supervisor, Kirby Institute, UNSW

2019 -

Paul Delos Trinos, Cost-effectiveness analysis of community deworming for STH control

 

Joint supervisor, Kirby Institute, UNSW

2018 –

 

Techalew Woldkiros, Acute febrile illness in a context of declining malaria transmission

 

Joint supervisor, Kirby Institute, UNSW

2012-

Manuel Lemos, Community versus school-based chemotherapy for the control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in children in rural Angola

Co-supervisor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal

Honours

2019-2020

Jessica Aw, Novel methodological approaches for determining prevalence and intensity of STH and identifying risk factors for infection

Principal Joint Supervisor, Honours in Population Health, Australian National University

 


My Engagement

Consultancies

2017

 

Epidemiologist for TIP TOP project

ISGlobal, Spain

2017

 

Vector Works Project/LLIN Durability Monitoring study in Mozambique (24 months follow-up)

 

Tropical Health, UK

2016

 

 

Development of a research protocol and tools for a baseline assessment of malaria and importation risk factors across borders of southern Africa.

 

Elimination 8 Secretariat, South Africa

2007

Evaluation of the Togolese National Malaria Control program (3 weeks)

Roll Back Malaria (RBM) – Togo

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Location

Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 0867

Publications

by Associate Professor Susana Vaz Nery