Associate Professor Goylette Chami
Robertson Fellow; Research Group Leader
I am a research group leader at the Big Data Institute (BDI) and, Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) within the Nuffield Department of Population Health. As an infectious disease epidemiologist, my interests concern improving the treatment of parasitic worms in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular for schistosomiasis and hookworm.
An estimated one billion of the world’s poorest individuals live in geographic areas that are endemic with schistosomiasis and/or hookworm. My work focuses on the prevention, treatment, and management of these diseases as well as their progression and interactions with other infections. The objectives are to improve current treatment guidelines, develop targeted approaches to disease prevention and management, and identify new treatment strategies.
Areas of research include evaluating the access to medicines, identifying social determinants of current treatment effectiveness, assessing equity in patient outcomes, understanding the biosocial determinants of transmission and disease progression, and identifying the clinical and social consequences of coinfections. To address the complexity of these research areas, my studies combine methods from statistical/machine learning with field biology. This work requires large-scale primary data collection including observational studies and prospective cohorts with a future outlook towards randomised-controlled trials. In close collaboration with the Uganda Ministry of Health, I lead an ongoing study of more than 20,000 people in rural villages of Eastern Uganda. This study was setup in 2012.
I completed an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, studying both economics and pathology. I then held research fellowships at Cambridge (Isaac Newton Trust, Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research, and Junior Research Fellowship in Medical Sciences at King’s College Cambridge).
Please feel free to email me about DPhil or postdoctoral opportunities.
Schistosoma mansoni infection risk for school-aged children clusters within households and is modified by distance to freshwater bodies
Lamberti O. et al, (2021), PLoS One
The division of labour between community medicine distributors influences the reach of mass drug administration: A cross-sectional study in rural Uganda
Chami GF. et al, (2019), PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 13, e0007685 - e0007685
More medicines alone cannot ensure the treatment of neglected tropical diseases.
Chami GF. and Bundy DAP., (2019), The Lancet. Infectious diseases, 19, e330 - e336
Profiling the best-performing community medicine distributors for mass drug administration: a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of treatment for schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and soil-transmitted helminths in Uganda.
Chami GF. et al, (2019), BMC medicine, 17
Precision global health and comorbidity: a population-based study of 16 357 people in rural Uganda.
Chami GF. et al, (2018), Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, 15