Dr Kathryn Allan
- Wellcome Training Fellow - Veterinary Pathology (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
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.
‘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
- 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.
- 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
Invited international presentations
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.
Invited keynote presentation: Patient, host or reservoir? A multi-faceted perspective on animal leptospirosis. 10th International Leptospirosis Society Meeting, New Zealand
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
Invited presentation: Livestock, Livelihoods and Leptospirosis: insights from East Africa. 9th International Leptospirosis Society Meeting, Indonesia:
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