Dr Nicola Wardrop is a Research Fellow working in the Geography and the Environment Academic Unit of the University of Southampton. Nicola's main research focus is the use of epidemiological data, environmental data and spatial statistics to investigate neglected zoonotic diseases in Africa.

Nicola's research interests include the application of GIS, mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to infectious disease distributions. She is particularly interested in their application to neglected tropical diseases, zoonoses and vector borne diseases. Her recent research has focused on Taeniasis (tapeworm), cysticercosis and Q fever in Kenya; human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Uganda and podoconiosis in Ethiopia and Cameroon.


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  • Some conference frustrations (and suggestions) from an ECR perspective Over the past few years I have attended quite a few academic conferences, large and small, national and international, as speaker, poster presenter or merely an attendee. The more conferences I attend where I feel that I have been valued as a participant and have benefitted from the experience, the more irritating it becomes to attend one where I feel the conference has taken advantage of me and very many other early career researchers (ECRs). I shall explain what I mean by this, and then will provide some hints for conference organisers (albeit with the caveat that I have never personally arranged a conference) as to how they might provide a better environment for all attendees, including ECRs. A bit ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2015, 4:51 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • Some thoughts on a recent Podoconiosis field trip to Cameroon I recently visited Cameroon with PhD student Seann Regan and an interdisciplinary team of researchers, for a study looking at the correlations between soil composition and occurrence of podoconiosis. Podo is a non-infectious form of elephantiasis, which causes significant swelling of the lower limbs, resulting in disability and stigma. Seann has written a blog about his experiences in Cameroon:"Occasionally an opportunity presents itself, a brief phone call, a chat, a shared academic interest, and a proposal. Occasionally you find yourself being led around North West Cameroon by an Ékpè Chief navigating forests and near impassible roads, eating exotic and questionable foods, crossing paths with corrupt army officials, and trying desperately to decode Cameroonian pidgin. Occasionally you meet a ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2014, 5:20 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • European Network on Taeniosis/Cysticercosis. I have recently joined the EU COST funded European Network on Taeniosis and Cysticercosis. The network aims to build a strong, extensive, multi-disciplinary scientific network to induce sustainable collaborations with the aim to advance knowledge and understanding of the Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) and T. saginata (beef tapeworm) cysticercosis/taeniosis disease complexes. For more information on the network, please visit the website.
    Posted May 8, 2014, 2:14 AM by Nicola Wardrop
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