Theresa Gyorkos, PhD
global health • parasite epidemiology • neglected tropical diseases
My research focuses on parasite epidemiology and the prevention and control of parasitic disease worldwide. I have been a researcher in global health and infectious (parasite) disease epidemiology for over 25 years and have conducted population-based primary epidemiological field research both in Canada and abroad. My Canadian-based research has focused primarily on infections in child and educator populations in the daycare setting and imported and endemic parasite infections in at-risk populations (eg. immigrants, travelers). My global health research activities centre mainly on: 1. deworming control programs in high risk population subgroups (eg. preschool-age children, school-age children and pregnant women); 2. interdisciplinary approaches to the prevention and control of endemic infectious and parasitic diseases; 3. the interrelationship between infection and (mal)nutrition in child populations and women of reproductive age (including pregnant women) and, 4. reducing health inequities in communities of extreme poverty in endemic areas of low-and-middle-income countries.
Mofid LS, Allen L, Fraser W, Marquis G, Montresor A, Rahme E, Vercruysse J, Gyorkos TW. Maternal Deworming Research Study Protocol: A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of deworming in the immediate postpartum period. BMJ Open 2015; 5(6):e008560. PMID: 26084556.
Joseph SA, Casapia M, Blouin B, Maheu-Giroux M, Rahme E, Gyorkos TW. Risk factors associated with malnutrition in one-year-old children living in the Peruvian Amazon. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014;8(12):e3369. PMID: 25503381.
Gyorkos TW and Gilbert NL. Blood drain: soil-transmitted helminths and anemia in pregnant women. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014:8(7):e2912. PMID : 25010736.
Gyorkos TW, Maheu-Giroux M, Blouin B, Saavedra L, Casapia M. Eficacia en dosis única de albendazol sobre las infecciones por helmintos transmitidos por el suelo en escolares de una comunidad de Iquitos, Perú. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica 2013:30 (4):601-607. PMID: 24448936.
Gyorkos TW, Maheu-Giroux M, Blouin B, Casapia M. The effect of a post-deworming health education intervention on soil-transmitted helminth infections in grade 5 schoolchildren of the Peruvian Amazon: an open-label cluster-randomized controlled trial. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2013;7(9):e2397. PMID: 24069469.