Dr Susana Vaz Nery

MSc PhD
Research Fellow

Biography

I have a multidisciplinary background, combining degrees and experience in biochemistry, neurosciences, health policy and international development, and field epidemiology.

I moved to Canberra in April 2015, after being based in Timor-Leste for almost 3 years. Prior to my affiliation with ANU I have also lived and worked in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, The Gambia, and Tanzania.

Originally trained as a molecular and cellular biologist, soon after a PhD in Neuroscience (at NYU Medical Centre, awarded in 2003), I began my career on tropical diseases initially becoming an expert in malaria molecular parasitology as a post doc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). While based in London, I did malaria research in top African research centres and initiatives: Kenya Medical Research Institute – Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KEMRI-WT, Kilifi, Kenya); Medical Research Council, The Gambia Unit; and the Joint Malaria Programme (based at KCMC – Moshi, Tanzania).

I have experience international development and aid, having worked with Malaria Consortium in Mozambique, specifically on monitoring and evaluation of aid programs, and health policy making and implementation.

Subsequently, in Angola, I was the scientific coordinator of a recently created health research centre (CISA Project): I supervised a team of up to 11 scientific staff, that included MDs and MSc candidates, and up to 40 field workers. Furthermore, I established the necessary collaborations to set in motion a program covering several lines of research including infectious and non-communicable diseases.

Research

Research interests

My current interests are malaria and NTDs control and elimination in developing countries. Particularly I am interested in intervention studies that can inform health policy changes for more effective and sustainable disease control strategies.

Publications

  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, Wardell, R et al 2017, 'Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and environmental risk factors for soil-transmitted helminth intensity of infection in Timor-Leste, using real time PCR', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 1-20pp.
  • Gasparinho, C, Piedade, J, Mirante, M et al 2017, 'Characterization of rotavirus infection in children with acute gastroenteritis in Bengo province, Northwestern Angola, prior to vaccine introduction', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 1-19pp.
  • Wardell, R, Clements, A, Lal, A et al 2017, 'An environmental assessment and risk map of Ascaris lumbricoides and Necator americanus distributions in Manufahi District, Timor-Leste', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 1-19pp.
  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, D'Este, C et al 2017, 'Investigations into the association between soil-transmitted helminth infections, haemoglobin and child development indices in Manufahi District, Timor-Leste', Parasites and Vectors, vol. 10, no. 192, pp. 1-15pp.
  • Clarke, N, Doi, S, Clements, A et al 2017, 'The expansion of soil-transmitted helminth control strategies ? Authors' reply', Lancet, The (UK edition), vol. 389, no. 10085, pp. 2191-.
  • Clarke, N, Clements, A, Doi, S et al 2017, 'Differential effect of mass deworming and targeted deworming for soil-transmitted helminth control in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Lancet, The (UK edition), vol. 389, no. 10066, pp. 287-297.
  • Clarke, N, Clements, A, Bryan, S et al 2016, 'Investigating the differential impact of school and community-based integrated control programmes for soil-transmitted helminths in Timor-Leste: the (S)WASH-D for Worms pilot study protocol', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 2, no. 69, pp. 10pp.
  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, D'Este, C et al 2016, 'Water, sanitation and hygiene related risk factors for soil-transmitted helminth and Giardia duodenalis infections in rural communities in Timor-Leste', International Journal for Parasitology, vol. 46, no. 12, pp. 771-779.
  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, Doi, S et al 2016, 'Complexities and Perplexities: A Critical Appraisal of the Evidence for Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infection-Related Morbidity', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. e0004566.
  • Gyawali, P, Ahmed, W, Sidhu, J et al 2016, 'Quantitative detection of viable helminth ova from raw wastewater, human feces, and environmental soil samples using novel PMA-qPCR methods', Environmental Science and Pollution Research, pp. 1-10.
  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, Doi, S et al 2016, 'Complexities and Perplexities: A Critical Appraisal of the Evidence for Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infection-Related Morbidity', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. e0004566.
  • Rosário, E, Costa, D, Timóteo, L et al 2016, 'Main causes of death in Dande, Angola: results from Verbal Autopsies of deaths occurring during 2009-2012', BMC Public Health, vol. 16, no. 719, pp. 1-15.
  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, D'Este, C et al 2016, 'Water, sanitation and hygiene related risk factors for soil-transmitted helminth and Giardia duodenalis infections in rural communities in Timor-Leste', International Journal for Parasitology, vol. 46, no. 12, pp. 771-779.
  • Gasparinho, C, Mirante, M, Centeno-Lima, S et al 2016, 'Etiology of Diarrhea in Children Younger Than 5 Years Attending the Bengo General Hospital in Angola', The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 28-34pp.
  • Llewellyn, S, Inpankaew, T, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S et al 2016, 'Application of a Multiplex Quantitative PCR to Assess Prevalence and Intensity Of Intestinal Parasite Infections in a Controlled Clinical Trial', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. Published Online 28 January 2016.
  • Campbell, S, Vaz da Silva de Castro Nery, S, McCarthy, J et al 2015, 'A Critical Appraisal of Control Strategies for Soil-Transmitted Helminths', Trends in Parasitology, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 97-107.
  • Nery, SV, McCarthy, J, Traub, R et al 2015, 'A cluster-randomised controlled trial integrating a community-based water, sanitation and hygiene programme, with mass distribution of albendazole to
    reduce intestinal parasites in Timor-Leste: theWASH forWORMS research protocol', BMJ Open.
  • Campbell, S, Savage, G, Gray, D et al 2014, 'Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): A Critical Component for Sustainable Soil-Transmitted Helminth and Schistosomiasis Control', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 1-5.
  • Magalhaes, R, Fancony, C, Gamboa, D et al 2013, 'Extending Helminth Control beyond STH and Schistosomiasis: The Case of Human Hymenolepiasis', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 7, no. 10.
  • Soares Magalhaes, R, Langa, A, Pedro, J et al 2013, 'Role of malnutrition and parasite infections in the spatial variation in children's anaemia risk in northern Angola', Geospatial Health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 341-354.
  • Fançony, C, Sebastião, Y, Pires, J et al 2013, 'Performance of microscopy and RDTs in the context of a malaria prevalence survey in Angola: A comparison using PCR as the gold standard', Malaria Journal, vol. 12, no. 1.
  • Pires, J, Sebastião, Y, Langa, A et al 2013, 'Hypertension in Northern Angola: Prevalence, associated factors, awareness, treatment and control', BMC Public Health, vol. 13, no. 1.
  • Costa, M, Rosário, E, Langa, A et al 2012, 'Setting up a demographic surveillance system in Northern Angola', African Population Studies, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 133-146.
  • Fançony, C, Gamboa, D, Sebastião, Y et al 2012, 'Various pfcrt and pfmdr1 genotypes of Plasmodium falciparum cocirculate with P. malariae, P. ovale spp., and P. vivax in Northern Angola', Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol. 56, no. 10, pp. 5271-5277.
  • Magalhaes, R, Langa, A, Sousa-Figueiredo, J et al 2012, 'Finding malaria hot-spots in northern Angola: the role of individual, household and environmental factors within a meso-endemic area', Malaria Journal, vol. 11, pp. 1-12.
  • Sousa-Figueiredo, J, Gamboa, D, Pedro, J et al 2012, 'Epidemiology of malaria, schistosomiasis, geohelminths, anemia and malnutrition in the context of a demographic surveillance system in northern Angola', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 7, no. 4.
  • Stothard, J, Sousa-Figueiredo, J, Betson, M et al 2011, 'Closing the praziquantel treatment gap: New steps in epidemiological monitoring and control of schistosomiasis in African infants and preschool-aged children', Parasitology, vol. 138, no. 12, pp. 1593-1606.
  • Deans, A, Nery, S, Conway, D et al 2007, 'Invasion pathways and malaria severity in Kenyan Plasmodium falciparum clinical isolates', Infection and Immunity, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 3014-3020.
  • Carney, R, Alfonso, T, Cohen, D et al 2006, 'Cell migration along the lateral cortical stream to the developing basal telencephalic limbic system', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 26, no. 45, pp. 11562-11574.
  • Nery, S, Deans, A, Mosobo, M et al 2006, 'Expression of Plasmodium falciparum genes involved in erythrocyte invasion varies among isolates cultured directly from patients', Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, vol. 149, no. 2, pp. 208-215.
  • Mason, H, Rakowiecki, S, Raftopoulou, M et al 2005, 'Notch signaling coordinates the patterning of striatal compartments', Development, vol. 132, no. 19, pp. 4247-4258.
  • Butt, S, Fuccillo, M, Nery, S et al 2005, 'The temporal and spatial origins of cortical interneurons predict their physiological subtype', Neuron, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 591-604.
  • Yoon, K, Nery, S, Rutlin, M et al 2004, 'Fibroblast growth factor receptor signaling promotes radial glial identity and interacts with Notch1 signaling in telencephalic progenitors', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 24, no. 43, pp. 9497-9506.
  • Machold, R, Hayashi, S, Muzumdar, M et al 2003, 'Sonic hedgehog is required for progenitor cell maintenance in telencephalic stem cell niches', Neuron, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 937-950.
  • Nery, S, Corbin, J & Fishell, G 2003, 'Dlx2 progenitor migration in wild type and Nkx2.1 Mutant telencephalon', Cerebral Cortex, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 895-903.
  • Nery, S, Fishell, G & Corbin, J 2002, 'The caudal ganglionic eminence is a source of distinct cortical and subcortical cell populations', Nature Neuroscience, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1279-1287.
  • Lee, J, Krause, P, Gaiano, N et al 2001, 'An acylatable residue of Hedgehog is differentially required in Drosophila and mouse limb development', Developmental Biology, vol. 233, no. 1, pp. 122-136.
  • Corbin, J, Nery, S & Fishell, G 2001, 'Telencephalic cells take a tangent: Non-radial migration in the mammalian forebrain', Nature Neuroscience, vol. 4, no. SUPPL. 1, pp. 1177-1182.
  • Nery, S, Wichterle, H & Fishell, G 2001, 'Sonic hedgehog contributes to oligodendrocyte specification in the mammalian forebrain', Development, vol. 128, no. 4, pp. 527-540.
  • Wichterle, H, Turnbull, D, Nery, S et al 2001, 'In utero fate mapping reveals distinct migratory pathways and fates of neurons born in the mammalian basal forebrain', Development, vol. 128, no. 19, pp. 3759-3771.
  • Zaid, A, Li, R, Luciakova, K et al 1999, 'On the role of the general transcription factor Sp1 in the activation and repression of diverse mammalian oxidative phosphorylation genes', Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 129-135.

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