Lucia Romani

Senior Lecturer

Dr Lucia Romani is a NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute and a Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Following her bachelor in social sciences, she obtained the Masters of Development Studies and the Masters of Public Health at UNSW Sydney. She has extensive epidemiologic research and international program management experience in a diverse range of areas, including large scale observational studies, mass drug administration for neglected tropical diseases, management of skin infections in resource-poor settings and community outreach programs. Over the past ten years she has focused on the epidemiology and control of scabies and related complications in the Pacific, and has become recognised internationally as an expert in this field.

 

As part of her PhD she conducted the first review on the global prevalence of scabies and impetigo. She then conducted the world’s first national prevalence study for scabies in a population of over 10,000 people in Fiji, which was followed by a comparative trial of mass drug administration for scabies. She recently led the largest trial of co-administration of ivermectin and azithromycin for scabies and trachoma in 26,000 people in the Solomon Islands, adding to her epidemiologic research capabilities in neglected tropical diseases. Since 2017 she has been involved in the oversight of three large clinical trials in Fiji and the Solomon islands to control endemic neglected tropical diseases including scabies, lymphatic filariasis and soil transmitted helminths.

Journal articles
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Hardy M; Samuela J; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; King CL; Weil GJ; Grobler AC; Robinson LJ; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2020, 'The safety of combined triple drug therapy with ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and albendazole in the neglected tropical diseases co-endemic setting of Fiji: A cluster randomised trial.', PLoS Negl Trop Dis, vol. 14, pp. e0008106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008106
2020
Engelman D; Yoshizumi J; Hay RJ; Osti M; Micali G; Norton S; Walton S; Boralevi F; Bernigaud C; Bowen AC; Chang AY; Chosidow O; Estrada-Chavez G; Feldmeier H; Ishii N; Lacarrubba F; Mahé A; Maurer T; Mahdi MMA; Murdoch ME; Pariser D; Nair PA; Rehmus W; Romani L; Tilakaratne D; Tuicakau M; Walker SL; Wanat KA; Whitfeld MJ; Yotsu RR; Steer AC; Fuller C, 2020, 'The 2020 IACS Consensus Criteria for the Diagnosis of Scabies.', Br J Dermatol, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjd.18943
2020
Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; Koroivueta J; Kama M; Wand H; Tikoduadua L; Tuicakau M; Koroi A; Andrews RM; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2019, 'Mass drug administration for scabies - 2 years of follow-up', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 381, pp. 186 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc1808439
2019
Weil GJ; Bogus J; Christian M; Dubray C; Djuardi Y; Fischer PU; Goss CW; Hardy M; Jambulingam P; King CL; Kuttiat VS; Krishnamoorthy K; Laman M; Lemoine JF; O'Brian KK; Robinson LJ; Samuela J; Schechtman KB; Sircar A; Srividya A; Steer AC; Supali T; Subramanian S; Pomat W; Tavul L; Kotty B; Howard SC; Maure T; Kerry Z; Samuel A; Kumai S; Makita L; John L; Bieb S; Rahi M; Basker N; Raju HKK; Britto RLJ; Somani R; Dwivedi GP; Dr S; Gaded S; Lefevre R; Thys F; Jasmin R; Fayette C; Javell A; Ernest JR; Pavilus G; Dereny A; de Rochard MB; Ciceron M; Iskandar E; Maylasari R; Sudirman ; Lomiga A; Sili Y; Jenga M; Sogara PU; Mezza L; Ngongo Y; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Romani L; Kaldor J; Whitfeld M; Naidu R; Lutumailagi M; Ravula L; Koroivueti A; Budge P; Rao R; Klenke J; Bjerum C; Tisch D; Tobon J; Howard SC; Rigney A; Lenhard K; Krentel A, 2019, 'The safety of double- and triple-drug community mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis: A multicenter, open-label, cluster-randomized study', PLOS MEDICINE, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002839
2019
Engelman D; Cantey PT; Marks M; Solomon AW; Chang AY; Chosidow O; Enbiale W; Engels D; Hay RJ; Hendrickx D; Hotez PJ; Kaldor JM; Kama M; Mackenzie CD; McCarthy JS; Martin DL; Mengistu B; Maurer T; Negussu N; Romani L; Sokana O; Whitfeld MJ; Fuller LC; Steer AC, 2019, 'The public health control of scabies: priorities for research and action', The Lancet, vol. 394, pp. 81 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31136-5
2019
Marks M; Romani L; Sokana O; Neko L; Harrington R; Nasi T; Wand H; Whitfeld MJ; Engelman D; Solomon AW; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2019, 'Prevalence of scabies and impetigo three years after mass drug administration with ivermectin and azithromycin.', Clin Infect Dis, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciz444
2019
Lydeamore MJ; Campbell PT; Regan DG; Tong SYC; Andrews RM; Steer AC; Romani L; Kaldor JM; McVernon J; McCaw JM, 2019, 'A biological model of scabies infection dynamics and treatment informs mass drug administration strategies to increase the likelihood of elimination', Mathematical Biosciences, vol. 309, pp. 163 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2018.08.007
2019
Romani L; Marks M; Sokana O; Nasi T; Kamoriki B; Cordell B; Wand H; Whitfeld MJ; Engelman D; Solomon AW; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2019, 'Efficacy of mass drug administration with ivermectin for control of scabies and impetigo, with coadministration of azithromycin: a single-arm community intervention trial', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 19, pp. 510 - 518, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30790-4
2019
Marks M; Toloka H; Baker C; Kositz C; Asugeni J; Puiahi E; Asugeni R; Azzopardi K; Diau J; Kaldor JM; Romani L; Redman-Maclaren M; Maclaren D; Solomon AW; Mabey DCW; Steer AC, 2019, 'Randomized Trial of Community Treatment with Azithromycin and Ivermectin Mass Drug Administration for Control of Scabies and Impetigo', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 68, pp. 927 - 933, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy574
2019
Marks M; Engelman D; Romani L; Mason D; Sokana O; Kama M; Whitfeld M; Steer AC; Kaldor J, 2018, 'Exploration of a simplified clinical examination for scabies to support public health decision-making', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 12, pp. e0006996, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006996
2018
Romani L; Marks M; Sokana O; Nasi T; Kamoriki B; Wand H; Whitfeld MJ; Engelman D; Solomon AW; Steer AC; Kaldor JM, 2018, 'Feasibility and safety of mass drug coadministration with azithromycin and ivermectin for the control of neglected tropical diseases: a single-arm intervention trial', The Lancet Global Health, vol. 6, pp. e1132 - e1138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30397-8
2018
Lydeamore MJ; Campbell PT; Regan DG; Tong SYC; Andrews RM; Steer AC; Romani L; Kaldor JM; McVernon J; McCaw JM, 2018, 'A biological model of scabies infection dynamics and treatment informs mass drug administration strategies to increase the likelihood of elimination', Mathematical Biosciences, vol. 309, pp. 163 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2018.08.007
2018
Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; Koroivueta J; Kama M; Wand H; Tikoduadua L; Tuicakau M; Koroi A; Ritova R; Andrews R; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2017, 'The epidemiology of scabies and impetigo in relation to demographic and residential characteristics: Baseline findings from the skin health intervention Fiji Trial', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 97, pp. 845 - 850, http://dx.doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.16-0753
2017
Mason DS; Marks M; Sokana O; Solomon AW; Mabey DC; Romani L; Kaldor J; Steer AC; Engelman D, 2016, 'The Prevalence of Scabies and Impetigo in the Solomon Islands: A Population-Based Survey', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004803
2016
Steer AC; Romani L; Kaldor JM, 2016, 'Mass Drug Administration for Scabies Control', The New England journal of medicine, vol. 374, pp. 1690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc1600495
2016
Steer AC; Romani L; Kaldor JM, 2016, 'Mass Drug Administration for Scabies Control REPLY', NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, vol. 374, pp. 1690 - 1690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc1600495
2016
Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; Koroivueta J; Kama M; Wand H; Tikoduadua L; Tuicakau M; Koroi A; Andrews R; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2015, 'Mass drug administration for scabies control in a population with endemic disease', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 373, pp. 2305 - 2313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1500987
2015
Romani L; Steer AC; Whitfeld MJ; Kaldor JM, 2015, 'Prevalence of scabies and impetigo worldwide: A systematic review', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 15, pp. 960 - 967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(15)00132-2
2015
Romani L; Koroivueta J; Steer AC; Kama M; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Hamid M; Whitfeld MJ, 2015, 'Scabies and Impetigo Prevalence and Risk Factors in Fiji: A National Survey', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003452
2015
Hannam S; Murray M; Romani L; Tuicakau M; Whitfeld MJ, 2014, 'Kava dermopathy in Fiji: An acquired ichthyosis?', International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 53, pp. 1490 - 1494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijd.12546
2014
Haar K; Romani L; Filimone R; Kishore K; Tuicakau M; Koroivueta J; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Steer A; Whitfeld M, 2014, 'Scabies community prevalence and mass drug administration in two Fijian villages', International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 53, pp. 739 - 745, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijd.12353
2014
Whitfeld MJ; Romani L; Steer A, 2013, 'International alliance for the control of scabies. A global approach to a global problem?', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol. 54, pp. 20 - 21, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000319131900063&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2013
Chen F; Romani L; Driscoll T; Tuicakau M; Nakolinivalu A; Koroivueta J; Whitfeld M, 2012, 'Evaluation of a Fijian nurse dermatology workshop and train-the-trainers program', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol. 53, pp. 30 - 30, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000304248600084&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2012
Conference Abstracts
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Romani L; Steer AC; Whitfeld MJ; Kaldor JM, 2015, 'Systematic review of the global prevalence of scabies and impetigo', in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, Vol. 56, pp. 19 - 19, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000352562300053&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015
Romani L; Koroivueta J; Steer AC; Kama M; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Hamid M; Whitfeld MJ, 2015, 'Scabies and impetigo prevalence and risk factors in Fiji: a national survey', in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, Vol. 56, pp. 64 - 64, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000352562300170&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015

2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Winner)

2016 Dean’s Rising Star Award – Research Student Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

2016 Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Finalist)

2016 Kirby Institute student postgraduate prize