Tomas Van Boeckel

Thomas Van Boeckel

DDLS Fellow

Key publications

1. Schar, D.,.., Larsson, DGJ, Gilbert, M., Van Boeckel, T.P. Twenty-year trends in antimicrobial resistance from aquaculture and fisheries in Asia. Nature Communications (2021).

2. Zhao, C., Wang, Y., Criscuolo, N., Pires, J. Tiseo, K., Van Boeckel, T.P. Geographically targeted surveillance of livestock could help prioritize intervention against antimicrobial resistance in China. Nature Food (2021).

3. Van Boeckel T.P.*, Pires, J.*,…, Bonhoeffer, S., Laxminarayan, R.. Global Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Science, (2019).

4. Van Boeckel, T.P., ,…, Grenfell, B.T., Levin, S.A., Bonhoeffer, S., and Laxminarayan, R. Reducing global antimicrobial use in food animals: Consider user fees and regulatory caps on veterinary use. Science(2015).

5. Van Boeckel, T.P., Brower C., Gilbert, M., Grenfell, B.T., Levin, S. A., Robinson, T.P., Teillant, A., Laxminarayan R. Global antimicrobial use in food animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015).

Thomas Van Boeckel

I do maps of disease. In particular, my team produces maps of antimicrobial resistance in animals, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Maps are useful tools for at least two reasons: first maps help identify regions where disease surveillance needs to be ramped-up. In the case of antimicrobial resistance, this could consist in identifying where to install new laboratory capacities, or where to increase access to veterinary services. Having maps, helps make these decisions on an objective and quantitative basis. A second aspect in which maps are useful is as tools for communication: the raison d’être of my research is to guide policy. Maps are remarkably powerful tools to summarize, and communicate health challenges to policy makers.

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