The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) based in the Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology in Imperial College London, is committed to improving the education, health and nutrition of school-age children and youth in low-income countries through national programmes that enhance the health, nutrition and psychosocial status of children in low and middle income countries
As the programme manager for helminth and neglected tropical disease (NTD) control, Laura provides support to ongoing deworming programmes being conducted by PCD and their partners. Working to bridge the divide between academic research and programmatic implementation she is involved in various research projects investigating the links between helminth infection and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) measures, and is exploring the impact of health education on acquisition of infection and reinfection.
Laura holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in immuno-epidemiology and an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her academic research has taken her to The Gambia to research risk factors for trachoma infection, and to Zimbabwe, to investigate the immune response to schistosomiasis, and how this changes with a lifetime of exposure and infection.
Previous to her position at PCD, Laura worked with the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, WA, where she investigated potential candidate vaccines to leishmaniasis and tuberculosis. She has also worked in Botswana where she taught at a primary school, and has volunteers as a tutor to children of immigrants and refugees, helping these children develop the tools and skills required to perform to the best of their capabilities in school.