Dr Lucia   Romani
Senior Lecturer

Dr Lucia Romani

MDS, MPH, PhD

Medicine & Health
The Kirby Institute

Dr Lucia Romani is a NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute and a Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Following her bachelor in social sciences, she obtained the Masters of Development Studies and the Masters of Public Health at UNSW Sydney. She has extensive epidemiologic research and international program management experience in a diverse range of areas, including large scale observational studies, mass drug administration for neglected tropical diseases, management of skin infections in resource-poor settings and community outreach programs. Over the past ten years she has focused on the epidemiology and control of scabies and related complications in the Pacific, and has become recognised internationally as an expert in this field.

 

As part of her PhD she conducted the first review on the global prevalence of scabies and impetigo. She then conducted the world’s first national prevalence study for scabies in a population of over 10,000 people in Fiji, which was followed by a comparative trial of mass drug administration for scabies. She recently led the largest trial of co-administration of ivermectin and azithromycin for scabies and trachoma in 26,000 people in the Solomon Islands, adding to her epidemiologic research capabilities in neglected tropical diseases. Since 2017 she has been involved in the oversight of three large clinical trials in Fiji and the Solomon islands to control endemic neglected tropical diseases including scabies, lymphatic filariasis and soil transmitted helminths.

Phone
+61 (0)2 9385 9953
Location
Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building UNSW Sydney

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Jittamala P; Monteiro W; Smit MR; Pedrique B; Specht S; Chaccour CJ; Dard C; Giudice PD; Khieu V; Maruani A; Failoc-Rojas VE; Sáez-De-ocariz M; Soriano-Arandes A; Piquero-Casals J; Faisant A; Brenier-Pinchart MP; Wimmersberger D; Coulibaly JT; Keiser J; Boralevi F; Sokana O; Marks M; Engelman D; Romani L; Steer AC; von Seidlein L; White NJ; Harriss E; Stepniewska K; Humphreys GS; Kennon K; Guerin PJ; Kobylinski KC, 2021, 'A systematic review and an individual patient data meta-analysis of ivermectin use in children weighing less than fifteen kilograms: Is it time to reconsider the current contraindication?', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 15, pp. e0009144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009144
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Lake SJ; Engelman D; Sokana O; Nasi T; Boara D; Grobler AC; Osti MH; Andrews R; Marks M; Whitfeld MJ; Romani L; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2021, 'Defining the need for public health control of scabies in Solomon islands', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 15, pp. e0009142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009142
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Thean LJ; Jenney A; Engelman D; Romani L; Wand H; Mani J; Paka J; Cua T; Taole S; Soqo V; Sahukhan A; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Kado J; Carvalho N; Whitfeld M; Kaldor J; Steer AC, 2021, 'Prospective surveillance for invasive Staphylococcus aureus and group A Streptococcus infections in a setting with high community burden of scabies and impetigo.', Int J Infect Dis, vol. 108, pp. 333 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2021.05.041
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Thean LJ; Romani L; Engelman D; Jenney A; Wand H; Mani J; Paka J; Devi R; Sahukhan A; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Kado J; Carvalho N; Whitfeld M; Kaldor J; Steer AC, 2021, 'Prospective surveillance of primary healthcare presentations for scabies and bacterial skin infections in Fiji, 2018-2019', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 105, pp. 230 - 237, http://dx.doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.20-1459
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Lake SJ; Engelman D; Sokana O; Nasi T; Boara D; Marks M; Whitfeld MJ; Romani L; Kaldor JM; Steer AC; Carvalho N, 2021, 'Health-related quality of life impact of scabies in the Solomon Islands.', Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/trab096
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Welch E; Romani L; Whitfeld MJ, 2021, 'Recent advances in understanding and treating scabies.', Fac Rev, vol. 10, pp. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.12703/r/10-28
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Hardy M; Samuela J; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; King CL; Weil GJ; Grobler AC; Robinson LJ; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2021, 'Individual efficacy and community impact of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and albendazole mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis control in Fiji: a cluster randomised trial.', Clin Infect Dis, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciab202
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Engelman D; Yoshizumi J; Hay RJ; Osti M; Micali G; Norton S; Walton S; Boralevi F; Bernigaud C; Bowen AC; Chang AY; Chosidow O; Estrada-Chavez G; Feldmeier H; Ishii N; Lacarrubba F; Mahé A; Maurer T; Mahdi MMA; Murdoch ME; Pariser D; Nair PA; Rehmus W; Romani L; Tilakaratne D; Tuicakau M; Walker SL; Wanat KA; Whitfeld MJ; Yotsu RR; Steer AC; Fuller C, 2020, 'The 2020 IACS Consensus Criteria for the Diagnosis of Scabies.', British Journal of Dermatology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjd.18943
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Marks M; Gwyn S; Toloka H; Kositz C; Asugeni J; Asugeni R; Diau J; Kaldor JM; Romani L; Redman-Maclaren M; MacLaren D; Solomon AW; Mabey DCW; Steer AC; Martin D, 2020, 'Impact of Community Treatment with Ivermectin for the Control of Scabies on the Prevalence of Antibodies to Strongyloides stercoralis in Children', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 71, pp. 3226 - 3228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa584
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Hardy M; Samuela J; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; King CL; Weil GJ; Grobler AC; Robinson LJ; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2020, 'The safety of combined triple drug therapy with ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and albendazole in the neglected tropical diseases co-endemic setting of fiji: A cluster randomised trial', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008106
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Marks M; Romani L; Sokana O; Neko L; Harrington R; Nasi T; Wand H; Whitfeld MJ; Engelman D; Solomon AW; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2020, 'Prevalence of scabies and impetigo 3 years after mass drug administration with ivermectin and azithromycin', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 70, pp. 1591 - 1595, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciz444
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Thean LJ; Jenney A; Engelman D; Romani L; Wand H; Mudaliar J; Paka J; Cua T; Taole S; Sahukhan A; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Kado J; Carvalho N; Whitfeld M; Kaldor J; Steer AC, 2020, 'Hospital admissions for skin and soft tissue infections in a population with endemic scabies: A prospective study in Fiji, 2018-2019', PLoS neglected tropical diseases, vol. 14, pp. e0008887, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008887
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Enbiale W; Ayalew A; Gebrehiwot T; Mulu Y; Azage M; Zachariah R; Romani L; Verdonck K; van Griensven J; de Vries HJC, 2020, 'Does mass drug administration for community-based scabies control works? The experience in Ethiopia', Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, vol. 14, pp. 78S - 85S, http://dx.doi.org/10.3855/jidc.11892
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Mitchell E; Bell S; Thean LJ; Sahukhan A; Kama M; Koroivueti A; Kaldor J; Steer A; Romani L, 2020, 'Community perspectives on scabies, impetigo and mass drug administration in Fiji: A qualitative study', PLoS neglected tropical diseases, vol. 14, pp. e0008825, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008825
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Lake SJ; Phelan SL; Engelman D; Sokana O; Nasi T; Boara D; Gorae C; Schuster T; Grobler AC; Osti MH; Andrews R; Marks M; Whitfeld MJ; Romani L; Kaldor J; Steer A, 2020, 'Protocol for a cluster-randomised non-inferiority trial of one versus two doses of ivermectin for the control of scabies using a mass drug administration strategy (the RISE study)', BMJ Open, vol. 10, pp. e037305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037305
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Engelman D; Cantey PT; Marks M; Solomon AW; Chang AY; Chosidow O; Enbiale W; Engels D; Hay RJ; Hendrickx D; Hotez PJ; Kaldor JM; Kama M; Mackenzie CD; McCarthy JS; Martin DL; Mengistu B; Maurer T; Negussu N; Romani L; Sokana O; Whitfeld MJ; Fuller LC; Steer AC, 2019, 'The public health control of scabies: priorities for research and action', The Lancet, vol. 394, pp. 81 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31136-5
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Marks M; Toloka H; Baker C; Kositz C; Asugeni J; Puiahi E; Asugeni R; Azzopardi K; Diau J; Kaldor JM; Romani L; Redman-Maclaren M; Maclaren D; Solomon AW; Mabey DCW; Steer AC, 2019, 'Randomized Trial of Community Treatment with Azithromycin and Ivermectin Mass Drug Administration for Control of Scabies and Impetigo', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 68, pp. 927 - 933, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy574
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Marks M; Sokana O; Nasi T; Kamoriki B; Cordell B; Wand H; Whitfeld MJ; Engelman D; Solomon AW; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2019, 'Efficacy of mass drug administration with ivermectin for control of scabies and impetigo, with coadministration of azithromycin: a single-arm community intervention trial', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 19, pp. 510 - 518, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30790-4
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Weil GJ; Bogus J; Christian M; Dubray C; Djuardi Y; Fischer PU; Goss CW; Hardy M; Jambulingam P; King CL; Kuttiat VS; Krishnamoorthy K; Laman M; Lemoine JF; O'Brian KK; Robinson LJ; Samuela J; Schechtman KB; Sircar A; Srividya A; Steer AC; Supali T; Subramanian S; Pomat W; Tavul L; Kotty B; Howard SC; Maure T; Kerry Z; Samuel A; Kumai S; Makita L; John L; Bieb S; Rahi M; Basker N; Raju HKK; Britto RLJ; Somani R; Dwivedi GP; Dr S; Gaded S; Lefevre R; Thys F; Jasmin R; Fayette C; Javell A; Ernest JR; Pavilus G; Dereny A; de Rochard MB; Ciceron M; Iskandar E; Maylasari R; Sudirman ; Lomiga A; Sili Y; Jenga M; Sogara PU; Mezza L; Ngongo Y; Kama M; Tuicakau M; Romani L; Kaldor J; Whitfeld M; Naidu R; Lutumailagi M; Ravula L; Koroivueti A; Budge P; Rao R; Klenke J; Bjerum C; Tisch D; Tobon J; Howard SC; Rigney A; Lenhard K; Krentel A, 2019, 'The safety of double- and triple-drug community mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis: A multicenter, open-label, cluster-randomized study', PLOS MEDICINE, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002839
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; Koroivueta J; Kama M; Wand H; Tikoduadua L; Tuicakau M; Koroi A; Andrews RM; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2019, 'Mass drug administration for scabies - 2 years of follow-up', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 381, pp. 186 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc1808439
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Marks M; Sokana O; Nasi T; Kamoriki B; Wand H; Whitfeld MJ; Engelman D; Solomon AW; Steer AC; Kaldor JM, 2018, 'Feasibility and safety of mass drug coadministration with azithromycin and ivermectin for the control of neglected tropical diseases: a single-arm intervention trial', The Lancet Global Health, vol. 6, pp. e1132 - e1138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30397-8
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Marks M; Engelman D; Romani L; Mason D; Sokana O; Kama M; Whitfeld M; Steer AC; Kaldor J, 2018, 'Exploration of a simplified clinical examination for scabies to support public health decision-making', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 12, pp. e0006996, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006996
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Lydeamore MJ; Campbell PT; Regan DG; Tong SYC; Andrews RM; Steer AC; Romani L; Kaldor JM; McVernon J; McCaw JM, 2018, 'A biological model of scabies infection dynamics and treatment informs mass drug administration strategies to increase the likelihood of elimination', Mathematical Biosciences, vol. 309, pp. 163 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mbs.2018.08.007
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; Koroivueta J; Kama M; Wand H; Tikoduadua L; Tuicakau M; Koroi A; Ritova R; Andrews R; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2017, 'The epidemiology of scabies and impetigo in relation to demographic and residential characteristics: Baseline findings from the skin health intervention Fiji Trial', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 97, pp. 845 - 850, http://dx.doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.16-0753
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Mason DS; Marks M; Sokana O; Solomon AW; Mabey DC; Romani L; Kaldor J; Steer AC; Engelman D, 2016, 'The Prevalence of Scabies and Impetigo in the Solomon Islands: A Population-Based Survey', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004803
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Lucia Romani
    2016, 'Mass Drug Administration for Scabies Control', The New England journal of medicine, vol. 374, pp. 1690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc1600495
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Steer AC; Romani L; Kaldor JM, 2016, 'Mass Drug Administration for Scabies Control REPLY', NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, vol. 374, pp. 1690 - 1690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc1600495
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Steer AC; Whitfeld MJ; Kaldor JM, 2015, 'Prevalence of scabies and impetigo worldwide: A systematic review', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 15, pp. 960 - 967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(15)00132-2
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Koroivueta J; Steer AC; Kama M; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Hamid M; Whitfeld MJ, 2015, 'Scabies and Impetigo Prevalence and Risk Factors in Fiji: A National Survey', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003452
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Whitfeld MJ; Koroivueta J; Kama M; Wand H; Tikoduadua L; Tuicakau M; Koroi A; Andrews R; Kaldor JM; Steer AC, 2015, 'Mass drug administration for scabies control in a population with endemic disease', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 373, pp. 2305 - 2313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1500987
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Hannam S; Murray M; Romani L; Tuicakau M; Whitfeld MJ, 2014, 'Kava dermopathy in Fiji: An acquired ichthyosis?', International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 53, pp. 1490 - 1494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijd.12546
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Haar K; Romani L; Filimone R; Kishore K; Tuicakau M; Koroivueta J; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Steer A; Whitfeld M, 2014, 'Scabies community prevalence and mass drug administration in two Fijian villages', International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 53, pp. 739 - 745, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijd.12353
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Whitfeld MJ; Romani L; Steer A, 2013, 'International alliance for the control of scabies. A global approach to a global problem?', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol. 54, pp. 20 - 21, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000319131900063&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Chen F; Romani L; Driscoll T; Tuicakau M; Nakolinivalu A; Koroivueta J; Whitfeld M, 2012, 'Evaluation of a Fijian nurse dermatology workshop and train-the-trainers program', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol. 53, pp. 30 - 30, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000304248600084&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
  • Conference Abstracts | 2015
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Koroivueta J; Steer AC; Kama M; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Hamid M; Whitfeld MJ, 2015, 'Scabies and impetigo prevalence and risk factors in Fiji: a national survey', in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, Vol. 56, pp. 64 - 64, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000352562300170&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2015
    Dr Lucia Romani
    Romani L; Steer AC; Whitfeld MJ; Kaldor JM, 2015, 'Systematic review of the global prevalence of scabies and impetigo', in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, Vol. 56, pp. 19 - 19, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000352562300053&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Awards

2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Winner)

2016 Dean’s Rising Star Award – Research Student Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

2016 Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research (Finalist)

2016 Kirby Institute student postgraduate prize

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