The Spatial Epidemiology Lab (SpatialEpi) is a medical geography and disease ecology research group based at the University of Queensland

Who is the SpatialEpiLab?
The SpatialEpiLab is a One Health medical geography research group based at the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, Australia, headed by Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Magalhães. With a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, we have broad expertise in health sciences, mathematical modelling, social sciences, ecology and epidemiology.

What research is carried out at the SpatialEpiLab?
Research at the SpatialEpiLab lies at the interface between animal and human public health and aims to inform disease control policy by identifying major determinants of the geographical distributions of infections and their associated morbidities. We work with a range of international partners to blend our multidisciplinary expertise and deliver in-depth investigations for many important pathogens around the world.

Our work is routinely published in high impact peer reviewed journals in the international literature (our most recent publications are shown below, see our full list of publications here). Most of the risk-maps and analytical tools derived from our research are available to other researchers and disease control programme managers.

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Please navigate the content on these pages to access more information about the studies that we are currently involved in and some of the outputs we are producing. If you are interested in our work and would like to discuss potential projects, please see our research opportunities and our contact details. We also readily welcome visitors to our lab, especially for our monthly lab chats, so let us know if you’re keen for a visit.

Some of our most recent publications
Title Journal Authors
Double Burden of Underweight and Overweight among Women in South and Southeast Asia: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Advances in Nutrition T Biswas, RJS Magalhaes, N Townsend, et al
Parasite Associations Predict Infection Risk: Incorporating Co-Infections in Predictive Models for Neglected Tropical Diseases Parasites & Vectors NJ Clark, K Owada, E Ruberanziza, et al
Modelling the Impact of Maup on Environmental Drivers for Schistosoma Japonicum Prevalence Parasites & Vectors ALA Navas, F Osei, RJS Magalhães, et al
Unravelling Animal Exposure Profiles of Human q Fever Cases in Queensland, Australia using Natural Language Processing Transboundary and Emerging Diseases NJ Clark, S Tozer, C Wood, et al
Spatial Distribution of Leptospirosis Incidence in the Upper Yangtze and Pearl River Basin, China: Tools to Support Intervention and Elimination Science of the Total Environment PW Dhewantara, W Zhang, A Al Mamun, et al
Microbial Associations and Spatial Proximity Predict North American Moose (Alces Alces) Gastrointestinal Community Composition J of Animal Ecology NM Fountain‐Jones, NJ Clark, AC Kinsley, et al
An Inverse Latitudinal Gradient in Infection Probability and Phylogenetic Diversity for Leucocytozoon Blood Parasites in New World Birds J of Animal Ecology A Fecchio, JA Bell, M Bosholn, et al
Genetic Analysis of Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (Pcv2) in Queensland, Australia Australian Veterinary J NK Mone, NJ Clark, M Kyaw‐Tanner, et al
Unravelling Animal Exposure Profiles of Human q Fever Cases in Queensland, Australia, using Natural Language Processing Transboundary and Emerging Diseases NJ Clark, S Tozer, C Wood, et al
Variation of Preventive Practices and Its Association with Malaria Infection in Eastern Indonesia: Findings from Community-Based Survey Plos One M Ipa, M Widawati, AD Laksono, et al
Identification of Filarial Parasites in Animals in Human Lymphatic Filariasis Endemic Areas in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia N Rahayu, Y Suryatinah, M Ipa, et al
Detection Dna Brugia Malayi Post Transmission Assessment Survey in North Hulu, Sungai District, South Kalimantan Province, Indonesia N Rahayu, Y Suryatinah, MR Ridha, et al
Global Variation in the Prevalence of Bullying Victimisation Amongst Adolescents: Role of Peer and Parental Supports Eclinicalmedicine T Biswas, JG Scott, K Munir, et al
Global Variation in the Prevalence of Suicidal Ideation, Anxiety and their Correlates among Adolescents: a Population Based Study of 82 Countries Anxiety and their Correlates among Adolescents: a Population Based Study of T Biswas, JG Scott, K Munir, et al
Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Rabies in El Jadida Region, Morocco Veterinary Sciences K Bouaddi, A Bitar, M Bouslikhane, et al