Thomas Van Boeckel is a spatial epidemiologist based at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He has previously held positions as Fulbright Scholar at Princeton (Prof. Bryan Grenfell and Prof. Simon Levin), at the University of Oxford (Prof. Simon Hay), and originally obtained his PhD from SPeLL (2013, Prof. Marius Gilbert). He also holds a visiting appointment at the One Health Trust, a global head think tank with headquarters in Bangalore and Washington DC, USA.
Thom develops maps of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and explores economic incentives to reduce antimicrobial use (AMU) in animals. The work of his group aims to inform policy-makers, on a global level, to address the rise of drug-resistant pathogens in animals. His research areas include AMR epidemiology, disease mapping, and livestock production systems. Thom, and his group have initiated the development of a platform to centralize epidemiological data collection on AMR (resistancebank.org). The list of publications below only includes his publication performed in collaboration with some SpELL members - for his full list of publications, see the web page of his research group.
Genome-associations of extended-spectrum ß-lactamase producing (ESBL) or AmpC producing E. coli in small and medium pig farms from Khon Kaen province, Thailand
J. Pires, L. Huber, R. A. Hickman, S. Dellicour, K. Lunha, T. Leangapichart, J. Jiwakanon, U. Magnusson, M. Sunde, J. D. Järhult, and T. P. Van Boeckel. "BMC Microbiology", Vol. 22, Issue 1, Pages 253, 2022.
Twenty-year trends in antimicrobial resistance from aquaculture and fisheries in Asia
D. Schar, C. Zhao, Y. Wang, D. G. J. Larsson, M. Gilbert, and T. P. Van Boeckel. "Nature Communications", Vol. 12, Issue 1, Pages 5384, 2021.
Global trends in antimicrobial use in aquaculture
D. Schar, E. Y. Klein, R. Laxminarayan, M. Gilbert, and T. P. Van Boeckel. "Scientific Reports", Vol. 10, Issue 1, Pages 21878, 2020.
Dynamics of the 2004 avian influenza H5N1 outbreak in Thailand: The role of duck farming, sequential model fitting and control
R. Retkute, C. P. Jewell, T. P. Van Boeckel, G. Zhang, X. Xiao, W. Thanapongtharm, M. Keeling, M. Gilbert, and M. J. Tildesley. "Preventive Veterinary Medicine", Vol. 159, Pages 171-181, 2018.
Geographical and historical patterns in the emergences of novel highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 and H7 viruses in poultry
M. S. Dhingra, J. Artois, S. Dellicour, P. Lemey, G. Dauphin, S. Von Dobschuetz, T. P. Van Boeckel, D. M. Castellan, S. Morzaria, and M. Gilbert. "Frontiers in Veterinary Science", Vol. 5, Issue 84, 2018.
Reducing antimicrobial use in food animals
T. P. Van Boeckel, E. E. Glennon, D. Chen, M. Gilbert, T. P. Robinson, B. T. Grenfell, S. A. Levin, S. Bonhoeffer, and R. Laxminarayan. "Science", Vol. 357, Issue 6358, Pages 1350-1352, 2017.
Antibiotic resistance: mitigation opportunities in livestock sector development
T. P. Robinson, D. P. Bu, J. Carrique-Mas, E. M. Fèvre, M. Gilbert, D. Grace, S. I. Hay, J. Jiwakanon, M. Kakkar, S. Kariuki, R. Laxminarayan, J. Lubroth, U. Magnusson, P. Thi Ngoc, T. P. Van Boeckel, and M. E. J. Woolhouse. "Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience", Pages 1-3, 2016.
Antibiotic resistance is the quintessential One Health issue
T. P. Robinson, D. P. Bu, J. Carrique-Mas, E. M. Fèvre, M. Gilbert, D. Grace, S. I. Hay, J. Jiwakanon, M. Kakkar, S. Kariuki, R. Laxminarayan, J. Lubroth, U. Magnusson, P. Thi Ngoc, T. P. Van Boeckel, and M. E. J. Woolhouse. "Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene", Vol. 110, Issue 7, Pages 377-380, 2016.
Global trends in antimicrobial use in food animals
T. P. Van Boeckel, C. Brower, M. Gilbert, B. T. Grenfell, S. A. Levin, T. P. Robinson, A. Teillant, and R. Laxminarayan. "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA", Vol. 112, Issue 18, Pages 5649-5654, 2015.
Income disparities and the global distribution of intensively farmed chicken and pigs
M. Gilbert, G. Conchedda, T. P. Van Boeckel, G. Cinardi, C. Linard, G. Nicolas, W. Thanapongtharm, L. D'Aietti, W. Wint, S. H. Newman, and T. P. Robinson. "PLoS One", Vol. 10, Issue 7, Pages e0133381, 2015.
Predicting the risk of avian influenza A H7N9 infection in live-poultry markets across Asia
M. Gilbert, N. Golding, H. Zhou, G. R. W. Wint, T. P. Robinson, A. J. Tatem, S. Lai, S. Zhou, H. Jiang, D. Guo, Z. Huang, J. P. Messina, X. Xiao, C. Linard, T. P. Van Boeckel, V. Martin, S. Bhatt, P. W. Gething, J. J. Farrar, S. I. Hay, and H. Yu. "Nature Communications", Vol. 5, Pages 4116, 2014.
"Intensive poultry production and highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Thailand: statistical and process-based models".
T. P. Van Boeckel.
PhD thesis, Université Libre de Bruxelles. 2013.
Rivers and flooded areas identified by medium-resolution remote sensing improve risk prediction of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Thailand
W. Thanapongtharm, T. P. Van Boeckel, C. Biradar, X. Xiao, and M. Gilbert. "Geospatial Health", Vol. 8, Issue 1, Pages 193, 2013.
The Nosoi commute: a spatial perspective on the rise of BSL-4 laboratories in cities
T. P. Van Boeckel, M. J. Tildesley, C. Linard, J. Halloy, M. J. Keeling, and M. Gilbert. "arXiv preprint arXiv:1312.3283", 2013.
Predicting the distribution of intensive poultry farming in Thailand
T. P. Van Boeckel, W. Thanapongtharm, T. Robinson, L. D’Aietti, and M. Gilbert. "Agriculture, Ecosystems a,d Environment", Vol. 149, Pages 144-153, 2012.
Monitoring the impact of decentralised chronic care services on patient travel time in rural Africa-methods and results in Northern Malawi
R. M. Houben, T. P. Van Boeckel, V. Mwinuka, P. Mzumara, K. Branson, C. Linard, F. Chimbwandira, N. French, J. R. Glynn, and A. C. Crampin. "International Journal of Health Geographics", Vol. 11, Issue 1, Pages 1, 2012.
Improving risk models for avian influenza: the role of intensive poultry farming and flooded land during the 2004 Thailand epidemic
T. P. Van Boeckel, W. Thanapongtharm, T. Robinson, C. M. Biradar, X. Xiao, and M. Gilbert. "PLoS One", Vol. 7, Issue 11, Pages e49528, 2012.
Modelling the distribution of chickens, ducks, and geese in China
D. J. Prosser, J. Wu, E. C. Ellis, F. Gale, T. P. Van Boeckel, W. Wint, T. Robinson, X. Xiao, and M. Gilbert. "Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment", Vol. 141, Issue 3-4, Pages 381-389, 2011.
Modelling the distribution of domestic ducks in Monsoon Asia
T. P. Van Boeckel, D. Prosser, G. Franceschini, C. Biradar, W. Wint, T. Robinson, and M. Gilbert. "Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment", Vol. 141, Issue 3-4, Pages 373-380, 2011.
"Modélisation de la distribution géographique du canard domestique (Anas platyrhynchos) : approche statistique et multi-critères".
T. P. Van Boeckel.
MSc thesis, Université Libre de Bruxelles. 2009.