Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Groups: Pathogen Flow in Ecosystems
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Bryony is a Research Fellow in PPR epidemiology and control in the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health group (VEEPH). She is involved with several research projects on peste des petits ruminants epidemiology and socio-economics in small ruminants in East Africa.
Bryony graduated from Bristol veterinary school in 1987 and spent 4 years in mixed veterinary practice before studying for the MSc in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh (1991-2). She then went as a VSO volunteer to be the Government Veterinary Officer in the Republic of Kiribati (1993-5). From 1995 to 2007 she worked in southern Sudan on the Operation Lifeline Sudan community-based animal health programme as project manager for VETAID, livestock programme coordinator for UNICEF and rinderpest eradication project manager for Veterinaires Sans Frontiers Belgium, which included the completion of the rinderpest vaccination programme and the establishment of the rinderpest surveillance system to verify absence of rinderpest infection. From 2007 to 2009 she worked on several Avian Influenza projects for ILRI, building capacity for the use of participatory epidemiology for HPAI surveillance in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Egypt. In 2009 she returned to England to undertake the MSc Veterinary Epidemiology at RVC and London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene after which she joined the RVC as a research assistant in the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group. She recently completed a PhD on Small ruminant production, marketing and health in the Afar Region of Ethiopia; implications for control of infectious disease (2012-18). She was Research Co-investigator on the Pathway to Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus Elimination - Methods for Complex Ecosystems project (2017-19), and is now a Research Fellow in PPR epidemiology and control. She is currently collaborating with the International Livestock Research Institute on the Epidemiology and Control of PPR (ECoPPR) project being implemented in East and West Africa to investigate the epidemiology and socio-economics of PPR in support of PPR eradication.
In 2015, Bryony received the British Veterinary Association's Trevor Blackburn Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to animal health and welfare in Africa and the impact of her work in animal disease control, particularly her work in helping to eradicate rinderpest from South Sudan.
Since joining the VEEPH Group Bryony has been involved in a range of epidemiology research projects including;
- systematic review of zoonotic diseases with wildlife/livestock interactions,
- African swine fever risk assessment
- rinderpest risk assessment
- bovine neonatal pancytopaenia case-control study
- benefit-cost analysis of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) eradication
- epidemiology of PPR in Ngorongoro District, northern Tanzania
- participatory epidemiology research with hill sheep farmers in Cumbria and Yorkshire dales.
She completed her PhD on a part-time basis (2012-2018), which involved mixed methods research in the Afar Region of Ethiopia on small ruminant production, flock structure, dynamics and movements, small ruminant trade and market network analysis, and local concepts of small ruminant disease.
From May 2017 to October 2019 she was Research Co-investigator on the BBSRC-funded GCRF project; Pathway to Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus Elimination - Methods for Complex Ecosystems project (2017-19). This involved field studies of PPR virus epidemiology in wildlife and small ruminants in the Greater Serengeti ecosystem of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
Since 2019 she has been collaborating with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on the Epidemiology and Control of PPR project (ECoPPR) in West Africa (Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso) and East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia) to conduct qualitative and quantitative field research on the epidemiology and impact of PPR disease.
Jones BA, Mahapatra M, Chubwa C, Clarke B, Batten C, Hicks H, Henstock M, Keyyu J, Kock R, Parida S. (2020) Characterisation of Peste Des Petits Ruminants Disease in Pastoralist Flocks in Ngorongoro District of Northern Tanzania and Bluetongue Virus Co-Infection. Viruses, 12, 389. https://doi.org/10.3390/v12040389
Jones BA, Muhammed A, Ali ET, Homewood KM, Pfeiffer DU. (2020) Pastoralist knowledge of sheep and goat disease and implications for peste des petits ruminants virus control in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 174, 104808. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2019.104808
Bataille, A., Kwiatek, O., Belfkhi, S., Mounier, L., Parida, S., Mahapatra, M., Caron, A., Chubwa, C. C., Keyyu, J., Kock, R., Jones, B. A. and Libeau, G. (2019) 'Optimization and evaluation of a non-invasive tool for peste des petits ruminants surveillance and control', Sci Rep, 9(1), 4742. https://rdcu.be/brXo5
Sauter-Louis C, Jones BA, Henning J, Stoll A, Nielen M, Van Schaik G, Smolenaars A, Schouten M, den Uijl I, Fourichon C, Guatteo R, Madouasse A, Nusinovici S, Deprez P, De Vliegher S, Laureyns J, Booth R, Cardwell JM, Pfeiffer DU (2017) Herd-Level animal management factors associated with the occurrence of bovine neonatal pancytopenia in calves in a multi-country study. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0179878. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0179878 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0179878
Jones BA, Betson M, Pfeiffer DU. (2016) Eco-social processes influencing infectious disease emergence and spread. Parasitology 1-11 doi:10.1017/S0031182016001414 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/parasitology/article/eco-social-processes-influencing-infectious-disease-emergence-and-spread/D813C041564388F7505FAA5147EBECBB
Mariner JC, Jones BA, Rich KM, Thevasagayam S, Anderson J, Jeggo M, Cai Y, Peters AR, Roeder PL (2016). The opportunity to eradicate peste des petits ruminants. J Immunol 196(9):3499-506. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1502625. http://www.jimmunol.org/content/196/9/3499.full.pdf+html
Jones BA, Rich KM, Mariner JC, Anderson J, Jeggo M, Thevasagayam S, Cai Y, Peters AR, Roeder, P. (2016) The Economic Impact of Eradicating Peste des Petits Ruminants: A Benefit-Cost Analysis. PLoS ONE 11 (2): e0149982. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149982 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0149982
Baron, J., Fishbourne, E., Couacy-Hyman, E., Abubakar, M., Jones, B.A., Frost, L., Herbert, R., Chibssa, T.R., van’t Klooster, G., Afzal, M., Ayebazibwe, C., Toye, P., Bashiruddin, J., Baron, M.D. 2014. Development and Testing of a Field Diagnostic Assay for Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus.Transboundary and Emerging Diseases doi:10.1111/tbed.12266
Mur L., Martinez-Lopez B., Costard S., de la Torre A., Jones BA., Martinez M., Sanchez-Vizcaino F., Muñoz MJ., Pfeiffer DU., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM., Wieland B. Modular framework to assess the risk of African swine fever virus entry into the European Union. BMC Veterinary Research . 10(1):145. 2014. DOI: 10.1186/1746-6148-10-145
Mariner,JC, Jones,BA, Hendrick,S, El Masry,I, Jobre,Y, Jost,CC (2014) Experiences in Participatory Surveillance and Community-based Reporting Systems for H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: A Case Study Approach
EcoHealth DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0916-0
Jones BA, Sauter-Louis C, Henning J, Stoll A, Nielen M, Van Schaik G, Smolenaars A, Schouten M, den Uijl I, Fourichon C, Guatteo R, Madouasse A, Nusinovici S, Deprez P, De Vliegher S, Laureyns J, Booth R, Cardwell JM, Pfeiffer DU (2013) Calf-Level Factors Associated with Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia – A Multi-Country Case-Control Study. PLoS ONE 8(12): e80619. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080619
Jones, B.A, Grace, D., Kock, R., Alonso, S., Rushton, J., Said, M.Y., McKeever, D., Mutua, F., Young, J., McDermott, J., Pfeiffer, D.U. (2013) Zoonosis emergence linked to agricultural intensification and environmental change. PNAS 110(21), 8399-9404 www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1208059110
Costard S, Jones BA, Martinez-Lopez B, Mur L, de la Torre A, et al. (2013) Introduction of African Swine Fever into the European Union through Illegal Importation of Pork and Pork Products. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61104. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061104 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0061104
Fournié G, Beauvais W, Jones BA, Lubroth J, Ambrosini F, Njeumi F, et al. Rinderpest virus sequestration and use in posteradication era. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Jan. http://doi.dx.org/10.3201/eid1901.120967
Fournié G, Jones BA, Beauvais W, Lubroth J, Njeumi F, Cameron A, Pfeiffer DU (2014)The risk of rinderpest re-introduction in post-eradication era. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 113, 175-184; DOI:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.11.001 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587713003358
Beauvais W, Fournié G, Jones BA, Cameron A, Njeumi F, et al. Modelling the expected rate of laboratory biosafety breakdowns involving rinderpest virus in the post-eradication era. Prev Vet Med. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.08.007
Mariner, J.C., House, J.A., Mebus, C.A., Sollod, A.E., Chibeu, D., Jones, B.A., Roeder, P.L., Admassu, B., van ’t Klooster, G.G.M. 2012. Rinderpest eradication: Appropriate technology and social innovations. Science 337, 1309-1312. DOI: 10.1126/science.1223805.
Häsler, B., Gilbert, W., Jones, B.A., Pfeiffer, D.U., Rushton, J., Otte, M.J. 2012. The Economic Value of One Health in Relation to the Mitigation of Zoonotic Disease Risks. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012. DOI: 10.1007/82_2012_239
Mariner, J.C., Hendrickx, S., Pfeiffer, D.U., Costard, S., Knopf, L., Okuthe, S., Chibeu, D., Parmley, J., Musenero, M., Pisang, C, Zingeser, J., Jones, B.A., Ali, S.N., Bett, B., McLaws, M., Unger, F., Araba, A., Mehta, P. Jost, C.C. 2011. Integration of participatory approaches into surveillance systems. Rev. sci. tech. Off. Int. Epiz. 30(3), 653-659.
Jones, B. 2010. Integrated community-based participatory and conventional methods for rinderpest surveillance and eradication - experiences from southern Sudan. In FAO Animal Production and Health Proceedings No. 15: Lessons learned from the eradication of rinderpest for controlling other transboundary animal diseases. pp110-112 http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3042e/i3042e.pdf
Jones, B., Araba, A., Koskei, P., Letereuwa, S. 2002. Doing it for themselves: how communities developed messages and communication methods for rinderpest eradication in southern Sudan. PLA Notes 45 Special Edition on Community-based animal health care, pages 37-41. IIED, London.
Jones BA, Rich KM, Mariner JC, Anderson J, Jeggo M, Thevasagayam S, Cai Y, Peters AR, Roeder, P. "Benefit-cost analysis of a global eradication programme for peste des petits ruminants". Presented at the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Conference, Nov 2015, Mexico
Jones BA. "Small ruminant production and health in pastoralist systems; two examples from East Africa". Presented at the International Sheep Veterinary Congress, May 2017, Harrogate, UK
Jones BA. Key note presentation "Reflections on twenty years of participatory epidemiology" and Jones BA, Siro MA, Mohammed A, Ali ET, Homewood K, Pfeiffer D. "A mixed methods research apporoach to improving the understanding of small ruminant production, marketing and health in the Afar Region of Ethiopia". Presented at the Second Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Public Health Conference: Participatory Approaches in Animal Health, Public Health, One Health and Ecohealth, January 2018, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Bryony assists with teaching veterinary epidemiology for under-graduate and post-graduate courses, as well as external training courses.
This PhD project is focussed on optimising PPR vaccination campaigns through developing mathematical models of PPRV transmission in different endemic settings, to inform the design of vaccine programmes which are tailored to local contexts.