Albert Picado is a veterinarian with postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc & PhD). His main interest is to contribute to the control and prevention of neglected tropical diseases. Before joining ISGlobal, he worked as epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium). In recent years he has been mainly involved in leishmaniasis research projects but he has also worked on other neglected infectious (e.g. Chagas or rabies) and animal (e.g. FMD) diseases. Leishmaniasis, one of the main neglected tropical diseases due to its global distribution and impact, affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities in developing countries. From 2006 to 2010 he was the coordinator of a large trial covering over 20,000 people evaluating the impact of insecticide treated nets to prevent visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar) in Indian and Nepal. He currently works in leishmaniasis research projects in Spain, Morocco, the Indian subcontinent and Bolivia.
Lines of Research
- Development of new cost-effective tools to control leishmaniasis.
- Evaluation of new tools for leishmaniasis prevention in endemic areas.
- Picado A, Singh SP, Rijal S, Sundar S, Ostyn B, Chappuis F, Uranw S, Gidwani K, Khanal B, Rai M, Paudel IS, Das ML, Kumar R, Srivastava P, Dujardin JC, Vanlerberghe V, Andersen EW, Davies CR, Boelaert M. 2010. Longlasting insecticidal nets for prevention of Leishmania donovani infection in India and Nepal: paired cluster randomised trial. BMJ. 341:c6760.
- Picado A, Das ML, Kumar V, Kesari S, Dinesh DS, Roy L, Rijal S, Das P, Rowland M, Sundar S, Coosemans M, Boelaert M and Davies CR. 2010. Effect of village-wide use of long lasting insecticidal nets on visceral leishmaniasis vectors in India and Nepal: cluster randomized trial. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 4, e587.
- Stauch A, Duerr HP, Picado A, Ostyn B, Sundar S, Rijal S, Boelaert M, Dujardin JC, Eichner M. Model-based investigations of different vector-related intervention strategies to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis on the Indian subcontinent. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Apr 24;8(4):e2810. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002810.
- Picado A, Ostyn B, Singh SP, Uranw S, Hasker E, Rijal S, Sundar S, Boelaert M, Chappuis F. 2014- Risk factors for visceral leishmaniasis and asymptomatic Leishmania donovani infection in India and Nepal. PLoS ONE, 9(1):e87641. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087641.
- Allepuz A, Stevenson M, Kivaria F, Berkvens D, Casal J, Picado A. 2013. Risk factors for foot-and-mouth disease in Tanzania, 2001-2006. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases In press doi: 10.1111/tbed.12087.