Neglected tropical diseases

Prof. Nilanthi de Silva

Professor Nilanthi de Silva is the current Chair of STAG. She is Professor of Parasitology and Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

She also presides over WHO's Working Group on Access to Assured Quality, Essential Medicines for Neglected Tropical Diseases – a position she has held since May 2009.

In the past, Professor de Silva served on WHO’s Foodborne Diseases Epidemiology Reference Group (2007–2015) and on WHO's Expert Advisory Panel on Parasitic Diseases (2001–2006).

Her research interests include the epidemiology, prevention and control of soil-transmitted helminthiases and lymphatic filariasis.