Clinical Associate Professor, Global Public Health
Dr. Yesim Tozan’s research centers on health decision science and priority setting, and explores the costs and cost-effectiveness of health care interventions using decision analytic models and the issues of health care resource allocation in low- and middle-income countries. Her main focus has been infectious disease prevention and control with an emphasis on dengue and malaria. Dr. Tozan is currently leading a health economics work package in a European Union-funded research project on dengue surveillance and control (http://www.denguetools.net/) with field sites in Sri Lanka and Thailand. She is also leading a prospective multi-center study on the cost of dengue illness in international travelers utilizing a network of travel clinics in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Australia. Most recently, she has been working on economic evaluation of artemisinin-based combination therapies for the treatment of uncomplicated childhood malaria using data from multi-site randomized clinical trials in Africa and Asia. Dr. Tozan was a task force associate for the UN Millennium Project’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Access to Essential Medicines and was lead author of the malaria task force report entitled “Coming to grips with malaria in the new millennium.”
Current research projects
DengueTools: Innovative tools and strategies for the surveillance and control of dengue
- Principal Investigator (Heidelberg University)
- European Union FP7 research grant (Project Coordinator, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Umea University, Sweden).
- An international consortium of 14 partners and 12 work packages with field sites in Sri Lanka and Thailand on three main research areas: dengue surveillance and early warning systems, novel strategies for dengue prevention, and risk of global spread of dengue and introduction to Europe; project website: http://www.denguetools.net/
Costs of dengue illness in international travelers
- Principal investigator (New York University)
- NYU Steinhardt Professional Fund
- A multi-country study with the participation of 10 travel clinics in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East, investigating the costs of dengue illness in returning international travelers using a self-administered patient questionnaire. A collaborative project with the GeoSentinel network - the Global Surveillance Network of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
Feasibility of methylene blue-based combination therapy in the radical treatment of adult patients with Plasmodium vivax malaria in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled pilot trial
- Co-investigator (PI: Muller, Heidelberg University)
- BASF SE, Germany
- This pilot trial aims to study the efficacy, safety, costs, feasibility and community acceptability of MB-based combination therapy in patients with uncomplicated P. vivax malaria in an endemic area of Ethiopia.
Mental Health Needs and Systems Evaluation Research: a US-Ghana Mental Health Partnership Initiative
- Co-investigator (PI: Huang, NYU School of Medicine)
- NYU GIPH Affinity Challenge Grant
- This research project aims to develop NYU – University of Ghana partnership to study the needs, capacity for mental health services and the risk factors for mental health in diverse Ghanaian populations (children and adults) and to build research collaboration to develop fundable pilot projects (e.g., implementation projects) to address the mental health needs of children and adults in Ghana.
Analyzing the Cascades of Uncertainty in Malaria Early Warning Systems: Intervention Lead-times and Public Health Impact and Cost-effectiveness of Operational Response to Malaria Epidemics
- Principal Investigator (New York University)
- Umea University Research School Research Grant, Sweden
- This research project aims to build interdisciplinary collaboration between NYU–Umea University and study the public health impact and cost-effectiveness of operational response to malaria epidemics at different lead times informed by malaria prediction models based on climatic and epidemiological data.