Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Magalhaes

Assoc Professor in PopHlth&Bio

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
r.magalhaes@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 827

Overview

Dr Soares Magalhães is Associate Professor of Population Health and Biosecurity and Program Director, of the Master of Veterinary Science. Dr Soares Magalhaes is Head, UQ Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory and a European Specialist in Population Medicine with extensive research experience in three main areas: spatial epidemiology of zoonotic infections, outbreak response for emerging infectious diseases and animal’s environmental health/biosecurity. A key focus of his current research is to understand the geographical risk and environmental drivers of major zoonotic diseases of humans in order to improve surveillance and risk management, with consequent reductions in their burden in human and animal populations (“geo-One Health”).

Using a combination of geospatial methods, population-based surveys and intervention studies designed at UQ, Dr Soares Magalhães’s team has shown the potential of enhanced biosecurity to reduce the risk of propagated outbreaks of avian influenza, rabies and Q fever. His team has recently shown that environmental variation in climate and landscape are major drivers of childhood zoonotic infections and associated morbidity including schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminth infections, anaemia and cognitive development.

Research Interests

  • Spatial epidemiology of zoonotic and neglected tropical infections
    - Understand geographic co-variation in infection risk in humans and animals. - Determine the role of climate / landscape variation and health behaviour on geographical variation in the efficacy of control strategies. - Mechanistic studies on helminth-associated childhood morbidity.
  • Outbreak response for emerging infectious diseases
    - Geographical management plans for emergency animal diseases. - Determine role of animal movement on outbreak size and geographical propagation of zoonotic infections.
  • Animal health and the environment / biosecurity
    - Design of on-farm / abattoir environmental risk assessment management plans for animal health.

Qualifications

  • Master of Science in Control of Infest Dis in Anim, University of London
  • PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.