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Prof Maria-Gloria Basanez


President (2018-2020)

Professor of Neglected Tropical Diseases at Imperial College London

Maria-Gloria Basáñez did her MSc in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine with Sandy Trees and her PhD in Mathematical Epidemiology at Imperial College with Roy Anderson.

Her teaching and research at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (School of Public Health) of Imperial College has focussed on the population biology and transmission dynamics of neglected tropical diseases and vector-borne infections. She has published on trachoma, intestinal nematode infections, malaria, Chagas disease, schistosomiasis and filarial parasites. Under the umbrella of the NTD Modelling Consortium and the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research, her research group is currently developing, refining and comparing mathematical models of River Blindness to support ongoing control and elimination efforts.

Maria-Gloria has served in the Mectizan Expert Committee of the Mectizan Donation Program, the Program Coordinating Committee of the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas, the Disease Reference Group on Human Helminthiases of the World Health Organization/TDR, and the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study. She has published more than 125 papers ranging from entomological and parasitological studies to dynamic and statistical modelling and has been a member of the Editorial/Advisory Board of Parasitology, International Journal for Parasitology, Trends in Parasitology, Advances in Parasitology and Parasites & Vectors. Together with Roy Anderson, Maria-Gloria has edited two volumes on “Mathematical Models for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Essential Tools for Control and Elimination, Parts A and B”, published by Advances in Parasitology, respectively in 2015 and 2016 (see reviews at

See Prof. Basáñez webpage.