Dr Susana Vaz Nery – Optimizing strategies for soil-transmitted helminths control

Event type: 
Event date: 
Tuesday, 6 November 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Contact for bookings: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au
Booking deadline: 
Friday, 2 November 2018 - 5:00pm

A catered lunch will be provided at 12:30pm. Please RSVP to recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au by 5pm Friday 2 November.

Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Dr Susana Vaz Nery

Dr Susana Vaz Nery

Associate Professor, Kirby Institute

About your speaker

Susana has a multidisciplinary background, combining degrees and experience in biochemistry, neurosciences, health policy and international development, and field epidemiology in tropical diseases. She has lived and worked in more than 10 countries in all continents. Susana has recently joined the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, where she will continue her research program on neglected tropical diseases, by useing intervention studies to generate evidence that can inform health policy changes for more effective and sustainable disease control strategies.


Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) remain a significant global health problem, with chronic infections associated with anaemia and impaired development. The main strategy for STH control is the regular delivery of anthelminthic drugs, mainly targeting children. Given that poor hygiene and environmental contamination lead to rapid reinfection, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions have been proposed as a complement to deworming programs. Despite recent progress, numerous questions remain. We will review our recent contributions to research that aims to optimize strategies for STH control.