Kamran is the communications director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases. After graduating from The School of Pharmacy, University of London in pharmacology and toxicology Kamran went on to complete his masters in neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry and The Maudsley, Kings College London. He has worked as a research scientist at Schering-Plough Research Center at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy working on neuropeptides and novel mechanisms of pain transmission and Parkinson’s disease modelling. Upon returning to the U.K. he worked for Reuters Business Insights setting up their drug discovery intelligence unit and then as sales director for Datamonitor being an integral part of the acquisition and subsequent integration of the company Life Science Analytics and then as managing director at Global Data overseeing both pharma/biotech and medical device diagnostics market teams.
The spread of vector-borne diseases poses a major threat to public health. But digital technologies and big data are proving to be game-changers in detecting and preventing outbreaks of diseases like dengue and Zika. Break Dengue's Gary Finnegan, Pratit Samdani, and Kamran Rafiq discuss the potential impact in this guest column.