PhD studentship – geospatial analysis of podoconiosis occurrence

Superb opportunity to work on podoconiosis on a fully-funded PhD studentship at the University of Brighton, in collaboration with some truly incredible people.

Specific research questions of the studentship:

  • Assess the links between environmental abiotic variables (chemical and mineralogical) and disease prevalence (podoconiosis), and proximities, in Ethiopia and Cameroon.
  • Integrate soil data, locations and characteristics, with multispectral and hyperspectral remotely sensed data for use in podoconiosis mapping. Incorporate the use of machine learning and data assimilation to determine the most accurate soil and health risk classification approaches.
  • Develop and validate spatial modelling techniques to provide supporting evidence for the role of soil properties and locations in the local development of podoconiosis with the view to expand model analysis to regional and continental scales.

Deadline 31st Aug 2017

http://bit.ly/2u4P8EJ

Better quantifying the global burden of podoconiosis

Great work by Dr Kebede Deribe, at the University of Sussex and Addis Ababa University, who have funding from the Wellcome Trust to develop a global atlas of podoconiosis over the next 5 years. While there are estimates that put the figure as high as 4 million people, it is difficult to accurately assess the number of podoconiosis patients around the world because the diagnosis of this disease is challenging.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214109X17301407

What’s in your water?

After major problems with a contaminated private well in our rental home, I’m keen to know what is in my water. Now you can too, all you need is your zip code:

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/index.php#.WYEnuNPyvOR

FYI Environmental Working Group (EWG) are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Find out more about them here: http://www.ewg.org/

Getting back to work

I am getting back into my research after my maternity leave and reminding myself just how much I enjoy what I do. My role as a researcher in environmental health has been incredibly varied and has taken me to some truly awesome places. For example, I’ve sampled particles emitted from Villarrica volcano in Chile, quantified the contaminants in drinking water samples from rural villages in Nicaragua and visited podoconiosis patients on the volcanic plateau of Ethiopia.

This blog will highlight some of my previous research, and keep you up to date with new findings. I also plan to use this space to post any articles or literature I come across.