Rita Claudia Cardoso Ribeiro

Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiologist
Future Farming Systems - Epidemiology Research Unit

Research interests 

  • I graduated from Evora University, Portugal, in 2010, completing my MSc (Integrated Master) in Veterinary Medicine, in the subjects of Epidemiology and Public Health. In May 2011 I started work as a researcher at the Entomological Surveillance Program of Culicoides midges, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon. Besides my work in the epidemiology of Culicoides and bluetongue disease, in the same period, I also studied the epidemiology of ticks from Ornithodoros erraticus complex and African swine fever, bovine and sheep brucellosis and bovine and wild tuberculosis.
  • Later, in May 2015, I joined the Epidemiology Research Unit, SRUC, as a quantitative veterinary epidemiologist. I worked for the LymeMAP project, a project aiming to contribute for a better understanding of Lyme disease epidemiology and risk communication.
  • In October 2017 I started my PhD entitled “Predicting Lyme Disease risk: Improving the knowledge of Ixodes ricinus and Borrelia burgdorferi dynamics in Scotland through structured data collection and citizen science” with the University of Edinburgh and SRUC.
  • My current research interests are the application of statistical methods to improve the knowledge of the distribution of Ixodes ricinus ticks and the application of citizen science to improve the knowledge on tick encounter rates and how they vary with different geographical areas, habitats and times of year.
  • My current research areas include: Ticks and tick borne diseases, specifically Ixodes ricinus and Lyme disease; modelling tick distribution (spatial and temporal trends); study of tick infection with Borrelia burgdorferi; application and analysis of citizen science data.

Selected research projects

  • LymeMAP: European Space Agency funded project aimed at developing a spatially up-to-date health management system for Lyme disease.
  • SFC KTE LymeMap: Scottish Funding Council project aimed at disseminating key messages related to Lyme disease, ticks (as pathogen vectors), disease prevention, control measures and understanding of risk maps to young students.

Teaching

  • 2016: SFC KTE LymeMap: Scottish Funding Council project aimed at disseminating key messages related to Lyme disease, ticks (as pathogen vectors), disease prevention, control measures and understanding of risk maps to young students.
  • (Portugal, before May 2015): Course on the subject of epidemiology “Epidemiological questionnaires in Animal Brucellosis and Tuberculosis”. Fernando Boinas, Rita Ribeiro and Sara Madeira. 22th May, 2012, Direcção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária (DGAV), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2012 – 2015: Invited lectures in the subject "Herd health" to university students: Application of Geographical Information Systems to veterinary science – 92 hours (total). And in the summer activity for young students of the Lisbon University:
  • Application of epidemiology in Veterinary Science – 4 hours (in 2012).

 

Selected publications

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Rita Claudia Cardoso Ribeiro

Address: Future Farming Systems, Epidemiology Research Unit, Plot 10, An Lòchran, Inverness Campus, Invernesss, IV2 5NA

Telephone: 07585 296 470

E-mail: rita.ribeiro@sruc.ac.uk