Dr Kathryn Allan

  • Wellcome Training Fellow - Veterinary Pathology (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

Biography

I am a research associate at the University of Glasgow. I trained as a veterinarian at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh and worked on a livestock project in Kenya for the University of Edinburgh and in a variety of clinical practice environments before taking up a Wellcome Trust Integrated Training Fellowship for Veterinarians at the University of Glasgow in 2011. During my fellowship, I received post-graduate training in veterinary pathology and disease investigation and completed a PhD investigating the epidemiology of leptospirosis in Tanzania. As a post-doctoral research associate, my research focuses on the epidemiology and control of a variety of zoonotic diseases including leptospirosis in East Africa. 


Research interests

Current projects

‘Sustainable interventions for an emerging livestock disease problem in Tanzania’ Funded by BBSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Translation Awards (2018-2019) 

Cerebral coenurosis, a fatal parasitic neurological disease of sheep and goats, is a leading cause of small ruminant losses in northern Tanzania and a major concern for Maasai pastoralist communities. This project aims to identify and develop sustainable preventive interventions for cerebral coenurosis in small ruminants in close collaboration with livestock-keepers and community leaders. 

‘Supporting evidence-based interventions in Tanzania’ Supported by the University of Edinburgh (2017-2019). For more information: https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/research/sebi 

The goals of this project are to (i) identify and quantify the contribution of infectious disease to reproductive losses and mortality in domestic ruminants in Tanzania and to (ii) identify and evaluate potential intervention for these diseases. My role is to evaluate the contribution of ruminant leptospirosis to these productivity losses and develop approaches to designing and evaluating disease control interventions for infectious causes of production loss.

 ‘Developing capacity for source attribution studies of Leptospira infection in East Africa’.  Supported by a SULSA Early Career Research Exchange Award (2017-2018).

 This  award builds on an existing collaboration with the OIE and National Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Leptospirosis at the Academic Medical Centre (AMC), University of Amsterdam to consolidate research partnerships and develop capacity to advance leptospirosis research in Tanzania and elsewhere in East Africa.

 ‘Understanding the maintenance and zoonotic transmission of Leptospira borgpetersenii infection in cattle and people in Tanzania’. Funded by Wellcome Trust Integrated Training Fellowship for Veterinarians (2016-2018)

My work on leptospirosis uses molecular and quantitative epidemiological analysis to investigate the dynamics of L. borgpetersenii infection in northern Tanzania. Partners on this project include University of Otago and Massey University Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory (mEpiLab); New Zealand.

  

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=uv_b_FYAAAAJ&hl=en

Twitter: @KJAllan2

 Other experience:

External

  • Member of the Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network (GLEAN) (https://sites.google.com/site/gleanlepto/home)
  • Member of the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Leptospiraceae of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (https://sites.google.com/site/gleanlepto/home)
  • Co-founder of the African Leptospirosis Network, an initiative to promote and support leptospirosis research and control in Africa.

Internal

  • International fieldwork representative for the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine Safety Committee, University of Glasgow
  • Member of the OHRBID (One Health Research in Bacterial Infectious Disease) laboratory management group.

 

Grants and awards received while working at the University of Glasgow

 Other information

Invited international presentations

Dec-2017

Invited presentation: The role of livestock in human leptospirosis: a global perspective. New Zealand Veterinary Association Dairy Cattle Vets and Large Animal Veterinary Technicians Conference, New Zealand.

Nov-2017

Invited keynote presentation: Patient, host or reservoir? A multi-faceted perspective on animal leptospirosis. 10th International Leptospirosis Society Meeting, New Zealand

Nov-2015

Invited presentation: Epidemiology of leptospirosis in Africa. 5th Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network (GLEAN) Meeting & International Workshop for Leptospirosis Translational Research, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oct-2015

Invited presentation: Livestock, Livelihoods and Leptospirosis: insights from East Africa. 9th International Leptospirosis Society Meeting, Indonesia:

 

Awards

British Veterinary Association (BVA) Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Scholarship (2008)
‘Evaluation of diagnostic tests for bovine tuberculosis in Tanzania’

 

Professional learned society

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

British Veterinary Association

Google Scholar - Publications Profile


Publications

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Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2006
Number of items: 18.

2019

Dhewantara, P. W., Lau, C. L., Allan, K. J. , Hu, W., Zhang, W., Mamun, A. A. and Soares Magalhães, R. J. (2019) Spatial epidemiological approaches to inform leptospirosis surveillance and control: a systematic review and critical appraisal of methods. Zoonoses and Public Health, 66(2), pp. 185-206. (doi:10.1111/zph.12549) (PMID:30593736)

Hughes, E. C. et al. (2019) Taenia multiceps coenurosis in Tanzania: a major and under-recognised livestock disease problem in pastoral communities. Veterinary Record, 184(6), 191. (doi:10.1136/vr.105186) (PMID:30683735)

Maze, M.J., Sharples, K.J., Allan, K.J. , Rubach, M.P. and Crump, J.A. (2019) Diagnostic accuracy of leptospirosis whole-cell lateral flow assays: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, (doi:10.1016/j.cmi.2018.11.014) (PMID:30472422) (In Press)

2018

Allan, K. J. et al. (2018) Assessment of animal hosts of pathogenic Leptospira in northern Tanzania. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(6), e0006444. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006444) (PMID:29879104) (PMCID:PMC5991636)

Maze, M. J. et al. (2018) Risk factors for human acute leptospirosis in northern Tanzania. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(6), e0006372. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006372) (PMID:29879114) (PMCID:PMC5991637)

Guernier, V., Allan, K. J. and Gourant, C. (2018) Advances and challenges in barcoding pathogenic and environmental Leptospira. Parasitology, 145, pp. 595-607. (doi:10.1017/S0031182017001147) (PMID:28716157)

Moseley, M.H., Allan, K. and Oberem, P. (2018) Leptospirosis. In: Coetzer, J.A.W. and Tustin, R.C. (eds.) Infectious Diseases of Livestock. Oxford University Press.

2017

Cleaveland, S. et al. (2017) One Health contributions towards more effective and equitable approaches to health in low- and middle-income countries. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1725), 20160168. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0168) (PMID:28584176) (PMCID:PMC5468693)

Ladbury, G. et al. (2017) One health research in Northern Tanzania – challenges and progress. East African Health Research Journal, 1(1), pp. 8-18. (doi:10.24248/EAHRJ-D-16-00379)

2016

Maze, M. J. et al. (2016) Comparison of the estimated incidence of acute leptospirosis in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania between 2007-08 and 2012-14. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(12), e0005165. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005165) (PMID:27911902) (PMCID:PMC5135036)

2015

Halliday, J. E. B. , Allan, K. J. , Ekwem, D., Cleaveland, S. , Kazwala, R. R. and Crump, J. A. (2015) Endemic zoonoses in the tropics: a public health problem hiding in plain sight. Veterinary Record, 176(9), pp. 220-225. (doi:10.1136/vr.h798) (PMID:25722334) (PMCID:PMC4350138)

Allan, K. J. , Biggs, H. M., Halliday, J. E.B. , Kazwala, R. R., Maro, V. P., Cleaveland, S. and Crump, J. A. (2015) Epidemiology of Leptospirosis in Africa: a systematic review of a neglected zoonosis and a paradigm for 'one health' in Africa. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(9), e0003899. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003899) (PMID:26368568) (PMCID:PMC4569256)

Allan, K. J. , Halliday, J. E.B. and Cleaveland, S. (2015) Renewing the momentum for leptospirosis research in Africa. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109, pp. 605-606. (doi:10.1093/trstmh/trv072) (PMID:26385934) (PMCID:PMC4574209)

2014

Allan, K. , Masters, N., Rivers, S., Berry, K., Routh, A. and Lamm, C. (2014) T-lymphocyte-rich thymoma and myasthenia gravis in a Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 150(2-3), pp. 345-349. (doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2013.11.204)

2013

Halliday, J.E.B. et al. (2013) Urban leptospirosis in Africa: a cross-sectional survey of Leptospira infection in rodents in the Kibera Urban Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 89(6), pp. 1095-1102. (doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0415) (PMID:24080637) (PMCID:PMC3854886)

Shaw, A.E. et al. (2013) Reassortment between two serologically unrelated bluetongue virus strains is flexible and can involve any genome segment. Journal of Virology, 87(1), pp. 543-557. (doi:10.1128/JVI.02266-12)

2011

Ratinier, M. et al. (2011) Identification and characterization of a novel non-structural protein of bluetongue virus. PLoS Pathogens, 7(12), e1002477. (doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002477) (PMID:22241985) (PMCID:PMC3248566)

2006

Allan, K.J. , Waters, M., Ashton, D.G. and Patterson-Kane, J.C. (2006) Meningeal cholesterol granulomas in two meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Veterinary Record, 158(18), pp. 636-637. (doi:10.1136/vr.158.18.636)

This list was generated on Thu Apr 25 11:41:47 2019 BST.
Number of items: 18.

Articles

Dhewantara, P. W., Lau, C. L., Allan, K. J. , Hu, W., Zhang, W., Mamun, A. A. and Soares Magalhães, R. J. (2019) Spatial epidemiological approaches to inform leptospirosis surveillance and control: a systematic review and critical appraisal of methods. Zoonoses and Public Health, 66(2), pp. 185-206. (doi:10.1111/zph.12549) (PMID:30593736)

Hughes, E. C. et al. (2019) Taenia multiceps coenurosis in Tanzania: a major and under-recognised livestock disease problem in pastoral communities. Veterinary Record, 184(6), 191. (doi:10.1136/vr.105186) (PMID:30683735)

Maze, M.J., Sharples, K.J., Allan, K.J. , Rubach, M.P. and Crump, J.A. (2019) Diagnostic accuracy of leptospirosis whole-cell lateral flow assays: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, (doi:10.1016/j.cmi.2018.11.014) (PMID:30472422) (In Press)

Allan, K. J. et al. (2018) Assessment of animal hosts of pathogenic Leptospira in northern Tanzania. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(6), e0006444. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006444) (PMID:29879104) (PMCID:PMC5991636)

Maze, M. J. et al. (2018) Risk factors for human acute leptospirosis in northern Tanzania. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(6), e0006372. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006372) (PMID:29879114) (PMCID:PMC5991637)

Guernier, V., Allan, K. J. and Gourant, C. (2018) Advances and challenges in barcoding pathogenic and environmental Leptospira. Parasitology, 145, pp. 595-607. (doi:10.1017/S0031182017001147) (PMID:28716157)

Cleaveland, S. et al. (2017) One Health contributions towards more effective and equitable approaches to health in low- and middle-income countries. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1725), 20160168. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0168) (PMID:28584176) (PMCID:PMC5468693)

Ladbury, G. et al. (2017) One health research in Northern Tanzania – challenges and progress. East African Health Research Journal, 1(1), pp. 8-18. (doi:10.24248/EAHRJ-D-16-00379)

Maze, M. J. et al. (2016) Comparison of the estimated incidence of acute leptospirosis in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania between 2007-08 and 2012-14. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(12), e0005165. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005165) (PMID:27911902) (PMCID:PMC5135036)

Halliday, J. E. B. , Allan, K. J. , Ekwem, D., Cleaveland, S. , Kazwala, R. R. and Crump, J. A. (2015) Endemic zoonoses in the tropics: a public health problem hiding in plain sight. Veterinary Record, 176(9), pp. 220-225. (doi:10.1136/vr.h798) (PMID:25722334) (PMCID:PMC4350138)

Allan, K. J. , Biggs, H. M., Halliday, J. E.B. , Kazwala, R. R., Maro, V. P., Cleaveland, S. and Crump, J. A. (2015) Epidemiology of Leptospirosis in Africa: a systematic review of a neglected zoonosis and a paradigm for 'one health' in Africa. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(9), e0003899. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003899) (PMID:26368568) (PMCID:PMC4569256)

Allan, K. J. , Halliday, J. E.B. and Cleaveland, S. (2015) Renewing the momentum for leptospirosis research in Africa. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109, pp. 605-606. (doi:10.1093/trstmh/trv072) (PMID:26385934) (PMCID:PMC4574209)

Allan, K. , Masters, N., Rivers, S., Berry, K., Routh, A. and Lamm, C. (2014) T-lymphocyte-rich thymoma and myasthenia gravis in a Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 150(2-3), pp. 345-349. (doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2013.11.204)

Halliday, J.E.B. et al. (2013) Urban leptospirosis in Africa: a cross-sectional survey of Leptospira infection in rodents in the Kibera Urban Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 89(6), pp. 1095-1102. (doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0415) (PMID:24080637) (PMCID:PMC3854886)

Shaw, A.E. et al. (2013) Reassortment between two serologically unrelated bluetongue virus strains is flexible and can involve any genome segment. Journal of Virology, 87(1), pp. 543-557. (doi:10.1128/JVI.02266-12)

Ratinier, M. et al. (2011) Identification and characterization of a novel non-structural protein of bluetongue virus. PLoS Pathogens, 7(12), e1002477. (doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002477) (PMID:22241985) (PMCID:PMC3248566)

Allan, K.J. , Waters, M., Ashton, D.G. and Patterson-Kane, J.C. (2006) Meningeal cholesterol granulomas in two meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Veterinary Record, 158(18), pp. 636-637. (doi:10.1136/vr.158.18.636)

Book Sections

Moseley, M.H., Allan, K. and Oberem, P. (2018) Leptospirosis. In: Coetzer, J.A.W. and Tustin, R.C. (eds.) Infectious Diseases of Livestock. Oxford University Press.

This list was generated on Thu Apr 25 11:41:47 2019 BST.