Albert is a veterinarian with postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc & PhD). His main interest is to contribute to the control and prevention of neglected tropical diseases. Before joining CRESIB-ISGlobal, he worked as epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium).
In recent years he has been mainly involved in leishmaniasis research projects but he has also worked on other neglected infectious (e.g. Chagas or rabies) and animal (e.g. FMD) diseases. Leishmaniasis, one of the main neglected tropical diseases due to its global distribution and impact, affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities in developing countries. From 2006 to 2010 he was the coordinator of a large trial covering over 20,000 people evaluating the impact of insecticide treated nets to prevent visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar) in Indian and Nepal. He currently works in leishmaniasis research projects in Spain, Morocco, the Indian subcontinent and Bolivia to contribute in two main research lines:
- Development of new cost-effective tools to control leishmaniasis.
- Evaluation of new tools for leishmaniasis prevention in endemic areas.