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Katja Polman is an epidemiologist and heads the Unit of Medical Helminthology within the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. She also has a position as associate professor within the Section of Infectious Diseases at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has a university training in Medical Biology and Parasitology and a Master in Epidemiology, and did her PhD at the Leiden University on the diagnosis and epidemiology of schistosomiasis. Since then she has been working in the field of neglected tropical diseases. Her research interests and expertise lie in the field of parasite epidemiology, with focus on helminth (co)infections and associated diseases.
(Eco-)epidemiology, transmission dynamics, diagnosis and control of schistosomiasis and other human helminth infections
Helminth co-infections: interactions with other infections (eg. polyparasitism) and diseases (eg. allergy, malnutrition), and how these shape disease patterns and control.
Katja Polman teaches in various institutional postgraduate and master courses, as well as in university master courses, and is involved in coaching of MSc/PhD students. Main teaching topics are on parasites/helminths, neglected diseases, epidemiology and statistics.
@ITM: Master in Public Health Master of Public Health MPH: Modules Advanced statistics, NTD control, MSc thesis coaching; Postgraduate in Tropical Medicine and International Health TMIH: Module Vector-borne diseases; Postgraduate in Tropical Medicine for Bachelors in Nursing & Midwifery TMED: Module Helminthiases; Short course Molecular Epidemiology/Molecular Data for Infectious Diseases MID: Module Epidemiology.
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3/11/20 → …
SchistoSAM: A proof-of-concept trial to evaluate artesunate-mefloquine as a novel alternative treatment for schistosomiasis in African children
1/10/18 → 30/09/22
Project: Research Project
DRC - FA4: Building capacity for health research in three DRC partner institutions Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (IRNB), Ecole de Santé Publique de l’Université de Lubumbashi (ESP) en Centre de Recherche Sanitaire de Kimpese (CRS), and rationalize the fight against Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) while strengthening local health systems with the support of all partners.
Boelaert, M., Jacobs, J., Büscher, P., Polman, K., Rigouts, L., Dorny, P., Hardy, L., Corsmit, E., Roucher, C., Eddyani, M., Dermauw, V., Bebronne, N., Snijders, R., Inocêncio da Luz, R., Van Cauwenberg, I. & Everaert, R.
1/01/17 → 31/12/21
Project: Development project
1/07/11 → …
Association between intestinal parasites and inflammation and nutritional status in Mexican children
Zavala Gómez, G. A., Polman, K., Seidell, J. & García, O. P.
12/01/17 → 5/04/18
Polman, K., Ponce, M. C. & Wieringa, F. T., 2021, In : Nutrients. 13, 1, 16 p., 137.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-articleOpen AccessFile18 Downloads (Pure)
Evaluation of Artesunate-mefloquine as a Novel Alternative Treatment for Schistosomiasis in African Children (SchistoSAM): protocol of a proof-of-concept, open-label, two-arm, individually-randomised controlled trialRoucher, C., Brosius, I., Mbow, M., Faye, B. T., De Hondt, A., Smekens, B., Arango, D., Burm, C., Tsoumanis, A., Paredis, L., van Herrewege, Y., Potters, I., Cisse, B., Mboup, S., Polman, K. & Bottieau, E., 24-Jun-2021, In : BMJ Open. 11, 6, p. e047147
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleFile
A case-control study on the association between intestinal helminth infections and treatment failure in patients with cutaneous leishmaniasisMartínez, D. Y., Llanos-Cuentas, A., Dujardin, J-C., Polman, K., Adaui, V., Boelaert, M. & Verdonck, K., 2020, In : Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 7, 5, 9 p., ofaa155.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-articleOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Ascariasis, amebiasis and giardiasis in Mexican children: distribution and geographical, environmental and socioeconomic risk factorsZavala, G. A., van Dulm, E., Doak, C. M., García, O. P., Polman, K. & Campos-Ponce, M., 2020, In : Journal of Parasitic Diseases. 44, 4, p. 829-836 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A2: International peer reviewed article (not A1-type)
Can direct smear results that are routinely collected at health centre level be used for monitoring the impact of mass drug administration with praziquantel on schistosomiasis in Burundi? A preliminary assessmentBizimana, P., Polman, K., Ortu, G., Krit, M., Nsabiyumva, F., Nkeshimana, A., Bijabuka, U., Nibakire, M. & Van Geertruyden, J-P., 2020, In : Parasites and Vectors. 13, 1, 7 p., 206.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-articleOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)