• Affiliate Assistant Professor, Global Health

, WA
United States

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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.

Country Affiliations 
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Environmental Health (incl. Climate Change)
  • Epidemiology
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Modeling
  • Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
  • Prevention
  • Research
  • Zoonotic Diseases and Animal Health
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

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, Moyano LM, Ayvar V, Rodriguez S, Gavidia C, et al. Ring-Screening to Control Endemic Transmission of Taenia solium. PLoS Neg Trop Dis. 2014 Sept 11;8(8):e3125. PMCID: PMC4161340.

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.