Special Issue "Control of Communicable Diseases in Human and in Animal Populations: 70th Anniversary Year of the Birth of Professor Rick Speare (2 August 1947 – 5 June 2016)"
A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: public health; tropical neglected diseases; epidemiology
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In Memoriam Rick Speare (1947--2016)
In the 1980s, he worked as a research fellow in Veterinary Science on diseases of amphibians. In the 1990s, Rick was transferred to the Anton Breinl Institute for Tropical Health and Medicine (and later became Director of the Institute and Deputy Head of the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences at JCU). There he also performed high level research of human medical interest, such as epidemiology and control of head lice infestations—an important issue in times of increasing louse resistance to many pediculicides. He dedicated much of his work to Aboriginal communities, merging animal and human health, such as in the control of sarcoptic mange in dogs. Rick and his team discovered that a chytrid fungus caused the killing of frogs and amphibian mass extinction, one of the current most striking biological problems affecting biodiversity worldwide. His field work with crutches in Tuvalu (after rupture of the Achilles tendon) and the autoinfection with hookworms and production of striking images of hookworms feeding in his intestine (after swallowing a micro-camera) will always be remembered. After retirement, he established ”Tropical Health Solutions“ to work on pandemic threats, and to improve health in the tropics through research and training, mainly in Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands. On 5 June 2016, Rick was killed in a car crash while driving to a seminar at JCU. Rick will always be remembered as an extremely competent professional, and a man of great humanity with a great sense of humor.
Dr. Jorg Heukelbach
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