Dr Nicola Wardrop is a Senior Research Fellow working in the Geography and the Environment Academic Unit of the University of Southampton, funded by an MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship. Nicola's main research focus is the use of epidemiological data, environmental data and spatial statistics to investigate neglected zoonotic diseases in Africa.

Nicola's research interests include the application of GIS, mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to infectious disease distributions. She is particularly interested in their application to neglected tropical diseases, zoonoses and vector borne diseases. Her recent research has focused on Taeniasis (tapeworm), cysticercosis and Q fever in Kenya; human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Uganda and podoconiosis in Ethiopia and Cameroon.


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  • Some thoughts on a recent Podoconiosis field trip to Cameroon I recently visited Cameroon with PhD student Seann Regan and an interdisciplinary team of researchers, for a study looking at the correlations between soil composition and occurrence of podoconiosis. Podo is a non-infectious form of elephantiasis, which causes significant swelling of the lower limbs, resulting in disability and stigma. Seann has written a blog about his experiences in Cameroon:"Occasionally an opportunity presents itself, a brief phone call, a chat, a shared academic interest, and a proposal. Occasionally you find yourself being led around North West Cameroon by an Ékpè Chief navigating forests and near impassible roads, eating exotic and questionable foods, crossing paths with corrupt army officials, and trying desperately to decode Cameroonian pidgin. Occasionally you meet a ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2014, 5:20 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • European Network on Taeniosis/Cysticercosis. I have recently joined the EU COST funded European Network on Taeniosis and Cysticercosis. The network aims to build a strong, extensive, multi-disciplinary scientific network to induce sustainable collaborations with the aim to advance knowledge and understanding of the Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) and T. saginata (beef tapeworm) cysticercosis/taeniosis disease complexes. For more information on the network, please visit the website.
    Posted May 8, 2014, 2:14 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • 2013 Publications. It was a good year for publications in 2013, so here are a few highlights!  Wardrop, NA., Fèvre, EM., Atkinson, P.M. & Welburn, S. (2013) The dispersal ecology of Rhodesian sleeping sickness following its introduction to a new area. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7 (10) e2485.Tsetse-transmitted human and animal trypanosomiasis are constraints to both human and animal health in sub-Saharan Africa, and although these diseases have been known for over a century, there is little recent evidence demonstrating how the parasites circulate in natural hosts and ecosystems. The spread of Rhodesian sleeping sickness (caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense) within Uganda over the past 15 years has been linked to the movement of infected, untreated livestock (the predominant ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 3:29 AM by Nicola Wardrop
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