John Tulloch

Development and evaluation of a surveillance system to determine incidence of Lyme disease in England and Wales

Personal Statement:

I graduated as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and embarked on a dairy internship at Michigan State University. I helped run a 5000 cow dairy and MSU's mastitis diagnostic lab. On returning to the UK I worked in livestock practice in the West Country, and completed a Diploma in ruminant nutrition. I then worked as a consultant for a large pharmaceutical company, advising on on-farm infectious disease management and supporting pharmacovigilance investigations. I completed my Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health from the RVC in 2015.

 

The completion of my masters inspired me to enter the world of academia to explore infectious disease epidemiology via a ‘One Health’ approach. I am particularly interested in the analysis of large health databases.

 

          

 

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Lay Summary:

Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that causes a large range of varied clinical presentations. In early 2018 NICE published guidelines stating that ‘There is a lack of robust epidemiological data on Lyme disease in the UK’.  My research aims to address this by analysing and evaluating different human and animal health data sets, and thus provide baseline descriptive epidemiology data for Lyme disease.

I will describe the number of cases, and the demographics of patients, seen in various clinical settings, such as general practice and hospitals.

By comparing the different data sets, I aim to provide comprehensive assessment of the data available for Lyme disease surveillance. This will result in answering some of NICE’s research calls and provide recommendations for which data should be utilised by future national surveillance programmes.

Supervisors:

  • Alan Radford - NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, University of Liverpool
  • Roberto Vivancos – Field Epidemiology Service, Public Health England & NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, University of Liverpool
  • Rob Christley – NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, University of Liverpool
  • Jenny Warner - Public Health England

Publications:

Tulloch, JSP., (2018) What is the risk of tick-borne diseases to UK pets?. Veterinary Record 182, 511-513
http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/182/18/511

Tulloch, JSP., McGinley, L., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, F., Medlock, J., Radford, A. (2017) The passive surveillance of ticks using companion animal electronic health records. Epidemiology and Infection, 145(10), 2020-2029.
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268817000826

Sánchez-Vizcaíno, F., Wardeh, M., Heayns, B., Singleton, DA., Tulloch JSP, McGinley, L., Newman, J., Noble, PJ., Day, MJ., Jones, PH., Radford, AD.. (2016) Canine babesiosis and tick activity monitored using companion animal electronic health records in the UK. Veterinary Record 179, 358
http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/179/14/358