Madeleine Thomson is a Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) with over eight years of service in the management team as Director of Impacts Research, Chair of the Africa Regional Programme and Senior advisor to the PAHO-WHO Collaborating Centre for malaria and other climate sensitive diseases. She currently leads the Health portfolio at IRI.
She trained originally as a field entomologist and has spent much of her career engaged in operational research in support of large-scale health interventions, mostly in Africa. Her research focuses on the development of new tools for improving climate sensitive health interventions (e.g. riskmapping and early warning systems for malaria, onchocerciasis, kala azar, etc). This work has expanded into air-borne infections and she is currently developing a substantive programme for meningitis environmental risk assessment in anticipation of the new conjugate A vaccine. In recent years she has become increasingly interested in improving institutional and human capacity for incorporating climate information into health planning. To help achieve the latter she is working to create a 'health and climate' disciplinary interface and a 'climate smart' public health community. She is the Vice-President of a non-profit 501(3)c The Health and Climate Foundation.
She has been PI and Co-PI on projects funded by the UK Department for International Development, The UK Meningitis Research Foundation, NASA, The UK Medical Research Council, The World Health Organisation, The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, the European Union, Google.org, the International Federation of the Red Cross, USAID and NOAA. She joined the IRI in May 2002.