About GnosisGIS

The formation of GnosisGIS took place during a Team Residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. The aim of the Team Residency was to develop a network of collaborating health workers and earth scientists dedicated to development of global computer-based models that can be used for improved control programs for schistosomiasis and other snail-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance. The scope of the organization has since been expanded to include other infectious diseases of medical and veterinary importance.

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Executive Committee

The routine business of GnosisGIS is transacted by an elected Executive Committee of 10 officers.

Current Executive Committee Members are:


RINALDI-1.jpg  Laura Rinaldi, Italy
Laura Rinaldi, BSc, PhD in Veterinary Sciences, AssEVPC, is Associate Professor of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She received the WAAVP Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award 2011. She is President of the International Scientific Society of Geospatial Health; co-founder and Associate Editor of the Journal Geospatial Health and Section Editor of BMC Veterinary Research. Her scientific research and teaching experience mainly focus on epidemiology, diagnosis and control of parasitic infections of livestock and pets.  Her main research activities (> 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals) focus on the use of geospatial tools and spatial analysis in the epidemiology of parasites.

McCarroll.png   Jennifer McCarroll- USA

Editors of Geospatial Health Journal
Bergquist.png  Robert Bergquist - Sweden

Utzinger.png   Jürg Utzinger - Switzerland

Committee Members

samer.jpg  Sherif Amer, The Netherlands
Dr. Sherif Amer is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Research activities focus on the application of GIS/RS for spatial planning of health services, analysis of socio-spatial health seeking patterns, and the relation between socio-economic characteristics, life style and health status, mainly at urban and regional scale. Over the past 20 years, Sherif has also been actively involved in GIS/RS education ranging from curriculum review and design of MSc and BSc programs, to the acquisition and execution of on-the-job training. In addition, he has led long-term capacity development assignments for, and in collaboration with, academic partners in the Global South, in countries such as Indonesia, China, Malawi, Egypt, Jordan, Tanzania and Rwanda.

BOOTH-1.jpg    Mark Booth - United Kingdom
Mark is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University in the UK. His  research background is mainly focused on the epidemiology of parasitic infections in tropical countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Millions of individuals live in areas where a combination of environmental factors, behaviours and lack of adequate infrastructure contribute to transmission of infections affecting health, productivity and well-being. Mark's work covers a mixture of field- and desk-based studies to understand e.g. how residential location affects current and potential future risk of transmission on both a micro- and macro-geographical scale. He was a co-PI on the recently concluded EU FP7 project 'Healthy Futures' - a multi-disciplinary project that investigated how climate change may affect the transmission of schistosomiasis, rift-valley fever and malaria over East Africa. A major output of this work was a collection of decision support tools including the Healthy Future Atlas - an online interactive tool for exploring how spatial variation in hazards and wider issues of vulnerability combine to shape the landscape of infection risk.

CLEMENTS-1.jpg   Archie Clements - Australia
Archie Clements directs the Research School of Population Health, at The Australian National University, Canberra. He was previously Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Queensland, and has worked as  Research Fellow at the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), Imperial College London, UK.  He is also a current NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and head of the Global Health Group at ANU-RSPH.  Professor Clements has over 10 years of experience in epidemiological research, with a particular emphasis on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public health interventions for a range of infectious diseases including; parasitic diseases; mosquito-borne diseases; and emerging healthcare-acquired infections. This has included: (i) authoring 132 peer-reviewed papers; (ii) supervising 10 PhD students to completion, with another 10 currently underway, and (iii) winning competitive grant funding worth $8.9M.

Korennoy1.jpg  Fedor Korennoy, Russia
Fedor Korennoy is a Research Scientist / GIS Analyst at the Federal Center for Animal Health (FBI ARRIAH) in Vladimir, Russian Federation.  He has a MS in Physics and Mathematics, a Post Grad Certificate in Risk Analysis in Health and Food Safety and ESRI Technical Certification.  His research interests include application of geospatial techniques and mathematical modeling in the field of veterinary epidemiology; quantitative risk analysis and statistical methods in health and food safety.  Fedor has been a member of GnosisGIS since 2008 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2012.

luvall.jpg  Jeff Luvall - USA
Dr. Jeffrey C. Luvall is a NASA senior research scientist (Forest Ecologist/Micro climatologist) at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, AL. 35805 USA.  Dr. Luvall’s research area specializes in using remote sensing to study precision agriculture, forest ecology, phenology and microclimatology on a landscape scale across many types of ecosystems using a variety of aircraft based multispectral visible and thermal scanners. Currently he is exploring research interests in using NASA remotely sensed data in agriculture irrigation, public health applications including pollen transport, air quality, neglected tropical diseases, West Nile virus and Lyme’s disease.  Dr. Luvall serves as NASA Mission Application Representative for HyspIRI to provide expert scientific advice on applications use of HyspIRI data and models. HyspIRI is a planned global NASA Hyperspectral visible/multispectral thermal satellite mission.

MUKARATIRA1.jpg  Samson Mukarartirwa -  South Africa

Dr Mukaratirwa is currently employed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa as the Dean and Head of School of Life Sciences and Professor of Parasitology.  His research is mainly on the epidemiology and distribution of a variety of parasitic diseases of economic and public health importance and have developed a passion on "Neglected Parasitic Zoonoses" affecting the resource-poor communities in Africa which includes Taenia solium cysticercosis and trichinellosis. Dr. Mukaratirwa has experience in geospatial analysis and GIS models to predict the spread of snail-borne trematodes like schistos omiasis and fasciolosis.

PrixiaNieto2.jpg    Prixia Nieto - Brazil
Prixia del Mar is a native of Bogotá-Colombia.  She studied veterinary medicine and did her graduate studies and post doctorate in the USA. Dr. Nieto has  valuable experience in the control, prediction and preventive methods of tropical diseases in Latin America. She has training in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing as a tool for ecoepidemiological studies of neglected tropical diseases.  Her interests include, Ecoepidemiology,  neglected tropical diseases, zoonosis, parasitology, wildlife, poverty, Latin America, medical geography, ecological niche models, geographic information systems (GIS), global health".

STENSGAARD.jpg   Anna-Sophie Stensgaard, Denmark
Dr. Anna-Sofie Stensgaard is an Assistant professor at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen. She also heads the Mandahl-Barth Research Centre for Biodiversity, Health and Climate that address and communicate knowledge about the relationship between climate, biodiversity and infectious disease, with a primary focus on snail-borne parasitic infections. Dr. Stensgaard has >10 yrs of experience in applying macro-ecological theory and geospatial tools to the study of spatio-temporal variation in vector-borne disease patterns, to tackle the challenging exploration of their responses to global change. Current projects are centered on quantifying the role of climate change in future disease trends relative to other known epidemiological, ecological and socio-economic drivers. Recent studies include predicting the impacts of climate change on schistosomiasis in Africa by combining dynamic- and species distribution models, as well as Bayesian geostatistical risk mapping of malaria, and lymphatic filariasis.

TOURRE.jpg   Yves Tourre - France

With a Ph. D. in Environmental Science, Dr. Tourre has been training, educating, designing curricula and programs at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels in the field of Climate and Meteorology and its multi-sector applications (including Public Health), in the United States, France and Africa. He has directed and conducted scientific research at universities, schools and institutes nationally and internationally and published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers.  Under the aegis of the United Nations [WMO, UNESCO/IOC, ICSU and UNEP], he has been heavily involved in the development of Operational Oceanography and Global Observing Networks for research, monitoring and applications purposes. Dr. Tourre has a proven ability to interact effectively in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments, in both English and French.

vounatsou.jpg  Penelope Vounatsou - Switzerland
Dr Penelope Vounatsou is a senior statistician carrying methodological research on Bayesian spatial statistics driven by applications in malaria and schistosomiasis epidemiology. Current projects in which she is principal investigator or collaborator varying from the development of Bayesian geostatistical models for large nonstationary, multivariate models to applications such as mapping malaria transmission in Africa, risk mapping of schistosomiasis and multiparasitism in Cote d’Ivoire, of food-borne trematodes in Laos and of burulli ulcer in Ghana.

XIA1.png  Shang Xia - People's Republic of China

Shang Xia is an assistant research fellow in the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD) in the Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (China CDC). He is the coordinator of Joint Research Laboratory for Intelligent Disease Surveillance and Control (IDSC), a partnership between Computer Science Department at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)and the NIPD in China CDC. Dr. Xia received his M.Eng. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and Ph.D. degrees from Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. Dr. Xia’s present research focuses on: Computational Epidemiology, Complex Systems Modeling and Analysis, Big Data Analytics.

Honorary Members
Cringoli.png  Giuseppe Cringoli, Italy

Past Presidents

Malone.png    John Malone 2000-2008
Kristensen.png    Thomas K. Kristensen 2008-2012

Web Masters
Giuseppe Marzatico
Jen McCarroll