Max is a Medical Research Council (MRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) student (2017-2021) studying epidemiology and spatial statistics, with a focus on urban leptospirosis in informal settlements in Salvador, Brazil.
This DTP programme is a collaboration between the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Centre for Health Informatics, Computing and Statistics (CHICAS) at Lancaster University Medical School.
Max’s PhD work focusses on four areas which lie at the intersection of statistics, epidemiology and disease control: i) investigating small-scale spatiotemporal determinants of leptospiral infection and potential transmission routes for leptospirosis in vulnerable urban communities in Salvador, Brazil; ii) modelling the Leptospira-specific antibody response in humans to improve the identification of reinfections and to investigate the development of partial immunity; iii) joint geostatistical modelling of three measures for a latent process, currently being applied to improve detection of rodents for epidemiological studies of rodent-borne zoonoses; iv) an evaluation of the impact of local government infrastructural interventions on severe leptospirosis incidence in the city of Salvador, Brazil (1996-present).
He is supervised by Professor Peter Diggle (Lancaster University), Dr Emanuele Giorgi (Lancaster University) and Professor Federico Costa (Fiocruz/Federal University of Bahia, Brazil). Working between Brazil and the UK his work involves extensive fieldwork and collaboration with local and international researchers (Fiocruz, ISC-UFBA, Yale), local public health agencies (Centro de Controle de Zoonoses, LIMPURB) and the development of statistical methodologies for epidemiology.
Max has previously worked to improve the tools available for focal targeting of schistosomiasis control in Cameroon with Professor Russell Stothard (LSTM) and Dr Michelle Stanton (Lancaster University) and has carried out an evaluation of delays in case reporting for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) at local, national and international levels. He has experience working with CIDEIM in Cali, Colombia, evaluating the use of urban typologies for population estimation and dengue surveillance as part of his research project for the Control of Infectious Diseases MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Max has also worked in La Guajira region, Colombia, investigating the epidemiology of Chagas disease in displaced populations and indigenous groups.