Dr. Annette Olsen
• M.Sc. Biology (Parasitology), University of Copenhagen, 1985
• Ph.D. degree in biology (Parasitology), University of Copenhagen, 1999
• In 2004 evaluated and found qualified as associate professor in epidemiology at
the Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
Current position Senior Research Scientist at DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen Teaching experience More than 20 years of extensive teaching experience (parasitology, epidemiology, research methodology) in Denmark and in several developing countries, including Bhutan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Main Research Areas More than 20 years of experience in research and research capacity building in Denmark and in several developing countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Republic of South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. The research topic is aspects of the epidemiology and control of some of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), namely schistosomiasis (SCH) and the soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections (and recently other intestinal parasites). Latest research areas have been on drug combinations in treatment of STHs, community-directed treatment approach in the control of helminthiasis and interaction between helminths and other infectious diseases. In the last ten years, supervised 2 M.Sc. and 12 Ph.D. students of whom 5 Ph.D. students are ongoing. Ten selected recent publications
1. Olsen, A
., van Lieshout, L., Marti, H., Polderman, A.M., Polman, K., Steinmann,
P., Stothard, R., Thybo, S., Verweij, J., Magnussen, P. Strongyloidiasis– the most neglected of the Neglected Tropical Diseases? Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2009; in press.
2. Olsen, A.
, Namwanje, H., Nejsum, P., Roepstorff, A., Thamsborg, S.M.
Albendazole and mebendazole have low efficacy against Trichuris trichiura
in school age children in Kabale District, Uganda. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2009; 103; 443-446.
3. Nchito M, Geissler PW, Mubila L, Friis H, Olsen A
. The effect of iron and multi-
micronutrient supplementation on Ascaris lumbricoides
reinfection among Zambian schoolchildren. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2009; 103; 229-236.
4. Massa, K, Magnussen, P., Sheshe, A., Ntakamulenga, R., Ndawi, B., Olsen, A
The effect of the community-directed treatment approach versus the school-based treatment approach on the prevalence and intensity of schistosomiasis and soil-
transmitted helminthiasis among schoolchildren in Tanzania. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2009; 103; 31-37.
5. Ndyomugyenyi, R., Kabatereine, N., Olsen, A
& Magnussen, P. Efficacy of
ivermectin and albendazole alone and in combination for treatment of soil-transmitted helminths in pregnancy and adverse events: A randomized open label controlled intervention trial in Masindi District, Western Uganda. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2008; 79, 856-863.
6. Ndyomugyenyi, R., Kabatereine, N., Olsen, A
., Magnussen, P. Malaria and
hookworm infections in relation to haemoglobin and serum ferritin levels in pregnancy in Masindi district, Western Uganda. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2008; 102, 130-136.
7. Pham, C. T., Dalsgaard, A., Thanh, B. N. Olsen, A
., Murrell, K. D. Prevalence of
fishborne zoonotic parasites in important cultured fish species in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Parasitology Research, 2007; 101, 1277-1284.
8. Olsen, A
. Efficacy and safety of drug combinations in treatment of
schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiases, lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2007; 101, 747-758
9. Ziem J, Magnussen P, Olsen A
, Horton J, Asigri V.L.L., Polderman A. Impact of
repeated mass treatment on human Oesophagostomum
and hookworm infections in northern Ghana. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2006; 11, 1764-1772
10. Nchito M, Friis H, Michaelsen, KF, Mubila L, Olsen A
. Iron supplementation
increases small intestine permeability in primary schoolchildren in Lusaka, Zambia. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2006; 100, 791-794
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