Prof. Diana Lockwood qualified in medicine at the University of Birmingham in 1981. She trained in Infectious Diseases and specialised in Tropical medicine. She researched on leprosy from 1988 at London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine. She was appointed as a leprologist to a NHS and academic post at Hospital for Tropical Diseases and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 1994, becoming a professor in 2007. She retired in 2019.
She ran a global leprosy research programme. Her aim was to improve leprosy patient outcomes. Her work included understanding the pathogenesis of reactions and immunology of leprosy reactions. She set up randomized controlled trials to improve the treatment of leprosy reactions. She identified neuropathic pain as an important complication of leprosy.
She set up the global multi-centre ENLIST collaboration linking leprosy research centres researching ENL. At the Hospital for Tropical Diseases she ran the leprosy clinic with a unique cohort of 150 patients with imported leprosy. She treated patients with all types of leishmaniasis. She used evidence based medicine to develop guidelines. She has many overseas collaborations.
She has over 200 publications. She has written chapters on leprosy and leishmaniasis in Rook”s Textbook of Dermatology and the Oxford Textbook of Tropical Medicine. She teaches undergraduates and postgraduates with enthusiasm.
She edited Leprosy Review, 1997-13. She was an assistant editor on Plos NTD from 2007-2018 (leprosy and leishmania papers).
Her new project called a “New Face for Leprosy” aims to improve the image of leprosy. We have photographed patients in Ethiopia and India showed them living normal lives, working and having families.
She is on leprosy policy committees at WHO, ILEP, Lepra, Lepra-India and the Leprosy Mission International Research Committee.
She blogs on her work and travels. http://dnjtravels.blogspot.co.uk/