PhD Epidemiology (2006) Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph, Canada and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya (Graduate Fellow). Topic of research: Temporal and spatial analysis of sleeping sickness spread in Uganda from 1970-2003, and the role of civil conflict and environmental change in disease risk.
MSc Environmental Change and Management (2001), Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK
BSc (Env) (Geography) (2000), Department of Geography, University of Guelph, Canada
Example spatial analysis and health geography research maps:
|Vector velocit map of sleeping sickness spread||Band 3 change, 1995-2001 in SE Uganda|
|Historical sleeping sickness incidence, 1905-20||Cluster analysis and sleeping sickness incidence, 1998-2003|
Dr. Lea Berrang Ford is an Assistant Professor (Health Geography) in the Department of Geography at McGill Univerity, Montreal (Canada). Dr. Berrang Ford is both a geographer and an epidemiologist, specializing in spatial health analysis of infectious disease and environmental change. Prior to joining McGill, Lea worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada in Saint Hyacinthe (QC) as an environmental epidemiologist and medical geographer, specializing in spatial health analysis, vector-borne zoonotic disease mapping, and environmental health research.
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Health geography, specializing in the areas of infectious disease, environmental change, ecosystem health, and spatial and quantitative tools for health analysis.
1. Emerging infectious diseases, environmental change and global health
Health adaptation to climate change in Canada and globally: Research, including mapping and modelling, of the impacts of climatic and environmental changes on vector-borne and infectious diseases in Canada, in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada. Recent research focuses on adaptation to the health impacts of climate change in other countries and/or globally.
Targeting and structuring sleeping sickness prevention and control in Uganda: This research focuses on 1) identifying high-priority areas of emerging sleeping sickness risk in Uganda using GIS, remote sensing, and field data collection tools, and 2) Identifying constraints, incentives and opportunities for community-based sleeping sickness prevention and control activities in Ugandan villages.
Environmental change and infectious disease in Peru: In collaboration with the McGill Global Health Program, projects include analyses of environmental and climatic change on infectious disease incidence over the past 50 years (including statistical, spatial, and temporal analyses), as well as spatial analyses of multi-drug resistant and drug-resistant tuberculosis incidence and distribution in Lima.
Spatial and temporal epidemiology of sleeping sickness in SE Uganda: Doctoral work on the spatial and temporal determinants of sleeping sickness in south-eastern Uganda, in association with the International Livestock Research Institute (Nairobi, Kenya) and University of Guelph (Canada) (2002 - 2006).
Understanding Norovirus transmission on Canada's West Coast: Study of Norovirus transmission on the west coast, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada, FWZI Division (2004 - 2006).
Livelihoods and Ecosystems International Workshop Series - CIDA: Workshop facilitation & development, with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the University of Guelph (2005).
Public perceptions of climate change impacts on human health in the UK: Masters thesis in Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford, UK (2000 - 2001).
Water on Mars? Aerial photo interpretation of Martian fluvial features: Aerial photography interpretation, in association with the University of Oxford Department of Geography and NASA (2001).
Watershed health and community management in the Hagan Creek-Kennes Watershed, Sidney, BC: Community watershed project facilitation, in association with the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Sidney, BC), and the Eco-research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy, University of Victoria (1998 - 1999).
GEOG 202 (Winter) Statistics and Spatial Analysis
GEOG 403 (Fall) Global Health and Environmental Change
GEOG 503 (Fall) Advanced Topics in Health Geography
Canadian Field Studies in Africa (Winter) Environment & Health in Africa
Undergraduate students interested in research opportunities are encouraged to contact me at any time regarding:
I am accepting inquiries from students for the following graduate topics for September 2010 admission:
International doctoral students pay equivalent fees to Canadian students at McGill. Masters-level international students, however, are required to pay higher student fees. Foreign masters applicants should take this into account when applying, and consider what sources of additional funding can be secured.
Interested students are welcome to contact me. Please consider the following in advance:
Berrang-Ford, L., D. Waltner-Toews, D. Charron, M. Odiit, J. McDermott, and B. Smit (2005) Sleeping sickness in southeastern Uganda: a systems approach. EcoHealth 2(3):1-12.
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