Dr Kinley Wangdi

Postdoctoral Fellow
Building No 62, Rm 1.18
 53053.

Profile

Qualifications

MBBS, M.Sc (Trop Med)

Biography

I am a spatial epidemiologist with medical training. My experience with patient care of tropical diseases, particularly malaria and dengue in the southern Bhutan, reinforced my commitment to do research in this field to reduce suffering from these diseases. I pursued a master’s degree in Tropical Medicine from Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand and majored in Tropical Diseases Epidemiology.

For my PhD project at the ANU, I undertook operation research on malaria elimination efforts in Bhutan.

I also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU from June-December 2016. During this time, I have analysed a large data set from Southern Australia and undertook mapping of Alzheimer’s disease risk in healthy populations.

Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Global Health, ANU Research School of Population Health (RSPH) in collaboration with James Cook University (JCU) on the DFAT-funded project “Tropical partnerships to strengthen health systems responses to infectious diseases threats.” This project will evaluate the use of Health Information Management System (HIMS) including District Health Information System (DHIS) 2, in Solomon Islands to establish if they are fit for the purpose of vector-borne disease (VBD) management. The findings from this program will be used for the development of a spatial decision support system (SDSS) for VBD.

I am a spatial epidemiologist with medical training. My experience with patient care of tropical diseases, particularly malaria and dengue in the southern Bhutan, reinforced my commitment to do research in this field to reduce suffering from these diseases. I pursued a master’s degree in Tropical Medicine from Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand and majored in Tropical Diseases Epidemiology.

For my PhD project at the ANU, I undertook operation research on malaria elimination efforts in Bhutan.

I also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU from June-December 2016. During this time, I have analysed a large data set from Southern Australia and undertook mapping of Alzheimer’s disease risk in healthy populations.

Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Global Health, ANU Research School of Population Health (RSPH) in collaboration with James Cook University (JCU) on the DFAT-funded project “Tropical partnerships to strengthen health systems responses to infectious diseases threats.” This project will evaluate the use of Health Information Management System (HIMS) including District Health Information System (DHIS) 2, in Solomon Islands to establish if they are fit for the purpose of vector-borne disease (VBD) management. The findings from this program will be used for the development of a spatial decision support system (SDSS) for VBD.

Research

Research interests

  • Infectious diseases epidemiology
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Use of modern IT to enhance health services

Publications

  1. Tshokey T, Sharma R, Tshering N, Wangchuk K, Dorji T, Wangchuk S, Chhetri V, Damchoe D, Wangdi K. Burden of Gonorrhea and Trends in Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Neisseria gonorrhoea in Bhutan Over Four Years (2012-15). International STD Research & Reviews 2017; 5(2): 1-9. (DOI : 10.9734/ISRR/2017/33236)
  2. Wangdi K, Gurung MJ: Understanding the factors associated with abortion among women seeking abortion related health services in Phuentsholing General Hospital, Bhutan. International Archives of Nuring and Health care 2016; 2:059. (DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510059
  3. Tshokey T, Tshering N, Wangchuk K, Sharma R, Dorji T, Wangchuk S, Damchoe, Wangdi K. A descriptive analysis of clinico-demogrpahic features, Widal test and blood culture results of typhoid fever suspected patients in four large hospitals of Bhutan. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2016; 6(2):106–113. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v6i2.8117.
  4. Wangdi K, Banwell C, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, and Clements AC. Malaria eliminations in India and regional implication. Lancet Infect Dis 2016; 16(10):e214-224. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30123-2).
  5. Wangdi K, Banwell C, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, Namgay R and Clements AC. Malaria burden and costs analysis of intensified control in Bhutan, 2006-2014: a situation analysis. Lancet Glob Health 2016; e336–e343. (Editor’s Choice)
  6. Wangdi K, Banwell C, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, Namgay R and Clements AC. Development and evaluation of a spatial decision support system for malaria elimination in Bhutan. Malar J 2016; 15:180.
  7. Furuya-Kanamori L, Wangdi K, Yakob L, McKenzie SJ, Doi SA, Clark J, Paterson DL, Riley TV, Clements AC: 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations and Clostridium difficile Infection: A Meta-Analysis. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2015.
  8. Wangdi K., Gatton ML, Kelly GC and Clements AC. Cross-border malaria: a major obstacle for malaria elimination. Adv Parasitol 2015; 89: 79-107.
  9. Wangdi K, Gatton M, Kelly G, Clements A. Prevalence of asymptomatic malaria and bed net ownership and use in Bhutan, 2013: a country earmarked for malaria elimination. Malar J 2014; 13(1): 352.
  10. Aung MN, Moolphate S, Paudel D, Jayathunge Ph M, Duangrithi D, Wangdi K, Aung TN, Lorga T, Higuchi K. Global evidence directing regional preventive strategies in Southeast Asia for fighting TB/HIV. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2013,7(3):191-202.
  11. Wangdi K, Gurung MJ: The epidemiology of tuberculosis in Phuentsholing General Hospital: a six-year retrospective study. BMC Res Notes 2012; 5:311.
  12. Tenzin, Wangdi K, Ward MP: Human and animal rabies prevention and control cost in Bhutan, 2001-2008: The cost-benefit of dog rabies elimination. Vaccine 2012 May 23.
  13. Wangdi K, Kaewkungwal J, Singhasivanon P, Silawan T, Lawpoolsri S, White NJ: Spatio-temporal patterns of malaria infection in Bhutan: a country embarking on malaria elimination. Malar J 2011; 10:89.
  14. Wangdi K, Singhasivanon P, Silawan T, Lawpoolsri S, White NJ, Kaewkungwal J: Development of temporal modelling for forecasting and prediction of malaria infection using time-series and ARIMAX: A case study in endemic districts of Bhutan. Malar J 2010, 9:251.

 

 

 

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