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.