Helminths and allergy in Uganda

Year of award: 2011


  • Prof Alison Elliott

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Project summary

Professor Elliott is based in Uganda at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI) Uganda Research Unit on AIDS, where she runs the Co-infection Studies Programme. She is interested in the effects of chronic immunomodulating infections on immune responses to vaccines and on infectious and allergic disease incidence. Her Fellowship supports both a birth cohort in which prenatal helminth exposure and treatment has been shown to influence eczema incidence, and a cluster randomised trial investigating the effects of intensive anthelminthic treatment among island fishing communities. Additionally, Professor Elliott is involved in building research capacity in Africa.