Climate Information for Public Health Actions

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Madeleine C. Thomson

Madeleine Thomson is a Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), where she chairs the Africa Regional Program, directs impacts research, and supports the IRI/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre activities. She trained originally as a field entomologist and has spent much of her career engaged in operational research in support of large-scale health interventions, mostly in Africa. Her research focuses on the development of new tools for improving climate-sensitive health interventions (e.g., risk-mapping and early-warning systems for malaria, onchocerciasis, kala azar, etc.). This work has expanded into airborne infections, and Dr. Thomson is currently developing a substantive program for meningitis environmental risk assessment in anticipation of the new conjugate A vaccine. In recent years, she has become increasingly interested in improving institutional and human capacity for incorporating climate information into health planning. To help achieve the latter, she is working to create a “health and climate” disciplinary interface.

Dr. Thomson has been Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI on projects funded by the UK Department for International Development, the UK Meningitis Research Foundation, NASA, the Environmental Health Project of the United States Agency for International Development, the UK Medical Research Council, the World Health Organization, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, the European Union, and Google.org. She joined the IRI in May 2002.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Liverpool, 1989
M.Sc., Applied Entomology and Pest Management, Imperial College London, 1985
D.I.C., Imperial College London, 1985
B.Sc., Animal and Plant Biology, University of Sheffield, 1982

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