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.

What are our areas of expertise?
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.

Two new Fully Funded PhD opportunities
Thanks to an ARC DECRA fellowship awarded to our ECR Dr Nicholas Clark and an NHMRC fellowship to Dr. Silvia Ciocchetta, we have two fully funded PhD scholarships (tuition and living expenses) available for candidates interested in zoonoses, public health and modelling. Please visit our research opportunities to see details of the projects and to find out how to enquire.

Some of our most recent publications
Title Journal Authors
National Seroprevalence of Coxiella Burnetii in Chile, 2016–2017 Pathogens T Tapia, MF Olivares, J Stenos, et al
The Application of Spectroscopy Techniques for Diagnosis of Malaria Parasites and Arboviruses and Surveillance of Mosquito Vectors: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal … Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases B Goh, K Ching, RJ Soares Magalhães, et al
Levels, Trends, and Inequalities in using Institutional Delivery Services in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: a Stratified Analysis by Facility Type Global Health: Science and Practice MM Hasan, RJS Magalhaes, Y Fatima, et al
The Association Between the Use of Oclacitinib and Antibacterial Therapy in Dogs with Allergic Dermatitis: a Retrospective Case-Control Study Frontiers in Veterinary Science H Rynhoud, J Gibson, E Meler, et al
Geographical Variation and Temporal Trend in Anemia among Children 6-59 Months of Age in Low-and Middle-Income Countries During 2000-2018: Forecasting the 2030 Sdg Target Public Health Nutrition MM Hasan, RJS Magalhaes, S Ahmed, et al
Effect of Endometrial Sampling Procedures on Subsequent Pregnancy Rate of Cattle Animals O Ramirez-Garzon, R Soares Magalhaes, N Satake, et al
Geographical Variation in Coxiella Burnetii Seroprevalence in a Dairy Farm Located in South-Western Ethiopia: Understanding the Broader Community Risk Pathogens T Proboste, FB Deressa, Y Li, et al
Double Burden of Malnutrition among Women of Reproductive Age in 55 Low-and Middle-Income Countries: Progress Achieved and Opportunities for Meeting the Global Target European J of Clinical Nutrition MM Hasan, S Ahmed, RJS Magalhaes, et al
Epidemiology of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Species Carriage in Companion Animals in the Greater Brisbane Area, Australia Research in Veterinary Science H Rynhoud, E Meler, JS Gibson, et al
Perceptions of Dog Owners Towards Canine Gastrointestinal Parasitism and Associated Human Health Risk in Southeast Queensland One Health T Nguyen, N Clark, MK Jones, et al
Molecular Epidemiology of Clinical and Colonising Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Isolates in Companion Animals Frontiers in Veterinary Science H Rynhoud, BM Forde, SA Beatson, et al
Coxiella Burnetii in the Environment: a Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Sampling Methods Zoonoses and Public Health AMH Abeykoon, NJ Clark, RJ Soares Magalhaes, et al
Global Epidemiology of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Lessons for Effective Control of this and Future Pandemics Int J of One Health EO Njoga, YF Zakariya, IF Jaja, et al
Early Environmental Exposures and Life-Long Risk of Chronic Non-Respiratory Disease Paediatric Respiratory Reviews D Vilcins, J Cortes-Ramirez, D Currie, et al
Environmental and Sociodemographic Risk Factors Associated with Environmentally Transmitted Zoonoses Hospitalisations in Queensland, Australia One Health J Cortes-Ramirez, D Vilcins, P Jagals, et al
Environmental Risk Factors Associated with Respiratory Diseases in Children with Socioeconomic Disadvantage Heliyon J Cortes-Ramirez, JD Wilches-Vega, OM Paris-Pineda, et al