Researcher

Dr Lucia Romani

Biography

Dr Lucia Romani is a NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute and a Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Following her bachelor in social sciences, she obtained the Masters of Development Studies and the Masters of Public Health at UNSW Sydney. She has extensive epidemiologic research and international program management experience in a diverse range of areas, including large scale observational studies, mass...view more

Dr Lucia Romani is a NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute and a Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Following her bachelor in social sciences, she obtained the Masters of Development Studies and the Masters of Public Health at UNSW Sydney. She has extensive epidemiologic research and international program management experience in a diverse range of areas, including large scale observational studies, mass drug administration for neglected tropical diseases, management of skin infections in resource-poor settings and community outreach programs. Over the past ten years she has focused on the epidemiology and control of scabies and related complications in the Pacific, and has become recognised internationally as an expert in this field.

 

As part of her PhD she conducted the first review on the global prevalence of scabies and impetigo. She then conducted the world’s first national prevalence study for scabies in a population of over 10,000 people in Fiji, which was followed by a comparative trial of mass drug administration for scabies. She recently led the largest trial of co-administration of ivermectin and azithromycin for scabies and trachoma in 26,000 people in the Solomon Islands, adding to her epidemiologic research capabilities in neglected tropical diseases. Since 2017 she has been involved in the oversight of three large clinical trials in Fiji and the Solomon islands to control endemic neglected tropical diseases including scabies, lymphatic filariasis and soil transmitted helminths.


My Qualifications

MDS, MPH, PhD


My Awards

2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Winner)

2016 Dean’s Rising Star Award – Research Student Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

2016 Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Finalist)

2016 Kirby Institute student postgraduate prize


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

PhD randomised controlled trial for control of scabies in resource poor settings

PhD large scale intervention to control neglected tropical diseases

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Location

Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building
UNSW Sydney

Contact

+61 (0)2 9385 9953
+61 (0)2 9385 0920