- Affiliate Assistant Professor, Global Health
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Dr. Seth O’Neal’s research focuses on developing practical and effective strategies to prevent Taenia solium taeniasis/cysticercosis, a preventable cause of epilepsy across much of Latin America, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. His research spans a broad range of disciplines, including field epidemiology, simulation modelling, diagnostics development, clinical and community intervention trials, and implementation research, with active collaborations in UW Department of Global Health. He holds a Visiting Investigator position at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), and served as co-Director for the UPCH Center for Global Health in Tumbes, Peru. Dr. O’Neal is an active research mentor, working closely with trainees from a variety of disciplines and stages, through hands-on mentored research opportunities at the Center in Peru. He trained at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), where he received his medical degree, residency in preventive medicine, and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is currently on faculty at the OHSU-Portland State University School of Public Health.
- Community Health Workers
- Community-Based Participatory Research
- Disease Surveillance
- Environmental Health (incl. Climate Change)
- Implementation Science
- Infectious Diseases
- Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
- Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
- Zoonotic Diseases and Animal Health
O'Neal SE, Pray IW, Vilchez P, Gamboa R, Muro C, Moyano LM, Ayvar V, Gavidia CM, Gilman RH, Gonzalez AE, Garcia HH. Geographically Targeted Interventions versus Mass Drug Administration to Control Taenia solium Cysticercosis, Peru. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021 Sep;27(9):2389-2398. doi: 10.3201/eid2709.203349. PubMed PMID: 34424165.
Pray IW, Wakeland W, Pan W, Lambert WE, Garcia HH, Gonzalez AE, O'Neal SE. Understanding transmission and control of the pork tapeworm with CystiAgent: a spatially explicit agent-based model. Parasit Vectors. 2020 Jul 24;13(1):372. doi: 10.1186/s13071-020-04226-8. PubMed PMID: 32709250; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7379812.
Garcia HH, Gonzalez AE, Tsang VC, O'Neal SE, Llanos-Zavalaga F, Gonzalvez G, Romero J, Rodriguez S, Moyano LM, Ayvar V, Diaz A, Hightower A, Craig PS, Lightowlers MW, Gauci CG, Leontsini E, Gilman RH; Cysticercosis Working Group in Peru. Elimination of Taenia solium Transmission in Northern Peru. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jun 16;374(24):2335-44. PMCID: PMC4962610.
O'Neal SE, Flecker RH. Hospitalization frequency and charges for neurocysticercosis, United States, 2003-2012. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jun;21(6):969-76. doi: 10.3201/eid2106.141324. PMID: 25988221.