Sue Welburn is the Director of the Global Health Academy.
Sue Welburn is Professor of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology at the Centre for Infectious Disease, The University of Edinburgh. She is also leader of the sleeping sickness research group.
Prof Welburn has more than 20 years experience working on human sleeping sickness and zoonotic trypanosomiasis in domestic wild and animal populations.
Her research concentrates on the design and use of molecular diagnostic tools for the study and management of sleeping sickness and animal trypanosomiaisis.
She has encompassed research ranging from ‘grass-roots’ fieldwork in Africa to laboratory-based dissection of the problem of trypanosomiasis at the gene level.
Her experience ranges from the management of high-tech laboratory research to the running of applied field projects in developing countries.
She has supervised over 35 PhD and research Masters students, She has also published over 120 peer reviewed scientific articles, reviews and book chapters.
Sue Welburn has collaborative projects ongoing in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania focusing on medical and veterinary sector interventions for disease control.
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Her projects are supported by funding from the:
Prof Welburn is a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO)/Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) Expert Advisory Panel on Drugs for Neglected Diseases (Trypanosomiasis).
She has a strong commitment to Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research Institutions in the Global South and is a Director of the University of Edinburgh International Development Centre.
With colleagues in the private sector, and Makerere University, Uganda she has established a Public Private Partnership for the control of sleeping sickness in Uganda.
Most recently she has been appointed Director of the Edinburgh Global Health Academy.
This article was published on Oct 6, 2010