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Stefania Lanza

Stefania Lanza

Ms Stefania Lanza (MA, MCIPD)

Research Coordinator
T: +44 (0)1273 644766
Location: Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: Scabies, outbreak management, care home research, community engagement, programme management

Research areas: Infection and immunology, primary care and public health 



Stefania is an experienced programme manager who is passionate about bringing the creative arts into community engagement. She began her career as a fashion designer before joining BSMS as PA to the Head of Primary Care and Public Health as it opened its doors in 2002. She obtained her MA in Personnel and Development in 2007 and moved into a career as an HR Project Manager before returning to BSMS as Research Co-ordinator in 2012. Stefania is also a graduate of the School of Social Entrepreneurs who funded her to set up community sewing projects to reduce isolation and improve mental health in Brighton. 


Stefania has co-ordinated a variety of research projects and public engagement activities for Prof Jackie Cassell in the Dept. of Primary Care and Public Health. She has managed programmes of research in partner notification (contact tracing) with University College London and on scabies with Public Health England. The scabies research project is a collaboration between BSMS, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England and includes the first UK study into scabies outbreaks in care homes for the elderly. The team are currently developing national outbreak guidelines and a toolkit including learning materials for allied health professionals. 

Stefania has used her background in fashion and textiles to influence the range of impact and engagement activities she has designed, in collaboration with Vikki Haffenden from the School of Art, University of Brighton. These include; curating exhibitions in Brighton and Canterbury featuring a ‘scabies cardigan’ allowing the public to experience the look and feel of scabies; and empowering local primary schoolchildren to challenge incorrect beliefs held by their families about scabies by raising awareness and changing perceptions about this common condition through textiles. The scabies mites, which the children created, then featured in short, fun, educational videos for health care professionals and the wider public. Find out more about this interdisciplinary collaboration by visiting its dedicated blog page.

Stefania is currently managing a joint project with the University of Kent looking at the quality of care provided by staff in residential care homes for the elderly and the impact on the quality of life of care home residents.


Selected publications

Middleton, Jo, Cassell, Jackie, Jones, Chris, Lanza, Stefania, Head, Michael G and Walker, Stephen L (2018) Authors reply to ‘Scabies control: the forgotten role of personal hygiene’, correspondence by Duncan Mara. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 18 (10). pp. 1068-1069. ISSN 1473-3099

Cassell, Jackie A, Middleton, Jo, Nalabanda, Ananth, Lanza, Stefania, Head, Michael G, Bostock, Jennifer, Hewitt, Kirsty, Jones, Christopher Ian, Darley, Charles, Karir, Simran and Walker, Stephen L (2018) Scabies outbreaks in ten care homes for elderly people: a prospective study of clinical features, epidemiology, and treatment outcomes. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. ISSN 1473-3099

White LCJ, Lanza S, Middleton J, Hewitt K, Freire-Moran L, Edge C, Nicholls M, Rajan-Iyer J, Cassell JA (2016) The management of scabies outbreaks in residential care facilities for the elderly in England: a review of current health protection guidelines. Epidemiology and Infection, 144 (15). pp. 3121-3130. ISSN 0950-2688 

Walker SL, Cassell JA, Nalabanda A, et al. A prospective study of scabies outbreaks in ten residential care facilities for the elderly. B J Dermatol 2016; 175 (2) 65

Lanza S, Middleton J, Head MG, Bostock J, Nalabanda A, Walker SL, Hewitt K, Cassell JA (2015) Can outbreak research be achieved in a population with impaired capacity? Findings from a study of a scabies outbreak in residential care. Lancet, 386. S48. ISSN 0140-6736.

Cassell, Jackie A, Dodds, Julie, Estcourt, Claudia, Llewellyn, Carrie, Lanza, Stefania, Richens, John, Smith, Helen, Symonds, Merle, Copas, Andrew, Roberts, Tracy, Walters, Kate, White, Peter, Lowndes, Catherine, Mistry, Hema, Rossello-Roig, Melcior, Smith, Hilary and Rait, Greta (2015) The relative clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of three contrasting approaches to partner notification for curable sexually transmitted infections: a cluster randomised trial in primary care. Health Technology Assessment, 19 (5). pp. 1-115. ISSN 1366-5278

Xiang A, Smith H, Hine P, Mason K, Lanza S, Cave A, Serjeant J, Nicholson Z, Devlin P. Impact of a referral management "gateway" on the quality of referral letters; a retrospective time series cross sectional review. BMC Health Services Research 2013

Conferences or workshop items

Cathie V, Middleton J, Lanza S, Worsdale M, Nalabanda A, Walker  SL, Cassell  JA and Ford E (2017) Could it be scabies? Primary care clinicians’ experience of diagnosing scabies outbreaks in nursing and residential care homes for the elderly: a qualitative study. In: Society for Academic Primary Care South East Conference 2017, Madingley Hall, 26-27 Jan 2017, Cambridge, UK.

Cassell JA  Nalabanda A, Lanza S, Middleton J, Head MG, Bostock  J, Hewitt K, Jones C, Darley C, Karir, S and Walker SL (2016) A prospective study of scabies outbreaks in ten residential care facilities for the elderly in South-East England, 2014-15. In: Public Health England Annual Conference 2016, 13-14 Sept 2016, University of Warwick, UK.

Head M, Walker S, Nalabanda A, Bostock J, Cassell J. Researching scabies outbreaks among people in residential care and lacking capacity to consent: a case study. Public Health Ethics. 2015 

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