Dr. Daniela Kirwan
MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow
Dr. Daniela Kirwan is an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow at Imperial College London, where she is doing a PhD on the innate immune response to tuberculosis. She is a clinical academic trainee in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, having completed her clinical training to date at St. George's Hospital, London. She completed a Masters in Clinical Microbiology at Queen Mary University London in 2015.
Her research has taken her to Peru, where she has worked on TB diagnostics in Lima as well as on epidemiological studies of Chagas' disease in the north of Peru. She has also spent time in the Infectious Diseases clinical service at the Hospital Viedma, Cochabamba, Bolivia. She continues to collaborate closely with the Infectious Diseases research team at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. Her main research interests include tuberculosis, HIV, drug resistance, global health, migrant health, as well as Chagas' disease and other tropical diseases.
In the UK she was President of the Alma Mata Global Health Network from 2012-7, and is now co-lead of the Advocacy group at Health Professionals for Global Health.
April 14th marked World Chagas Day, an awareness day for a neglected tropical disease that is endemic across most of Latin America. As awareness raising days go it's not one which registers highly in the UK.