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Dr. W. Abdullah Brooks

Dr W. Abdullah Brooks attended Stanford Medical School, graduating 1991. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in 1994 and Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 1995, where he also served as Chief Resident in 1996 and joined the faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 1997.

1997: was seconded from Johns Hopkins to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka.

1998: Set up a field site, with an onsite clinic, in a Dhaka urban slum (Kamalapur) in order to conduct population-based disease burden studies as well as clinical and vaccine trials. The site, which is ICDDR,B’s only population-based urban field site, is staffed by over 100 field and clinic personnel, and supports a range of ongoing studies.

1998 – present: Conducted disease burden studies in:

  • Influenza
  • Invasive pneumococcal disease
  • Typhoid fever
  • Impact of indoor air pollution on acute and chronic respiratory illnesses
  • Dengue, leptospirosis and other febrile illnesses
  • Shigellosis and other diarrhoeal disease pathogens

1998 – present: Clinical and vaccine trials include:

  • Several studies in the prevention and treatment of pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses with zinc
  • Studies in the prevention and treatment of diarrhoeal diseases with zinc
  • Vaccine trials of live attenuated influenza vaccine in preschool aged children
  • A clinical trial on the efficacy of oseltamivir to reduce the duration of illness, viral shedding, household and community transmission of influenza and impact on emergence and propagation of resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors.
  • Vaccine trial of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine against early childhood pneumonia
  • Safety and immunogenicity vaccine trials for a common protein pneumococcal vaccine and a live attenuated influenza vaccine

His primary focus has been in the area of respiratory infections (bacterial and non-bacterial) in preschool aged children, but has recently expanded that to both children and adults. In addition to research, Dr Brooks also serves as paediatric consultant to several organisations operating in the South/Southeast Asian region. He has served as the Head of Infectious Diseases Unit in the Division of Health Systems and Infectious Diseases at ICDDR,B and currently serves as Director of the Kamalapur urban field site.