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I am a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp in the Unit of Medical Anthropology. My PhD research in Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths College, University of London) was concerned with local people’s opposition to the national ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Fouta Toro, northern Senegal. The PhD thesis was awarded the Audrey Richards Prize of the African Studies Association, UK in 2014. Besides my doctoral work on female genital cutting, I have also worked on malaria clinical trials, research ethics and health-seeking behaviour at the Medical Research Council in the Gambia; intra-vaginal practices and reproductive health in Tanzania and African men’s involvement in FGM in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK (Men Speak Out). Since 2014 I have been the Principal Investigator of an interdisciplinary study aiming to contribute to the identification of the cause of Nodding Syndrome/Epilepsy (Cameroon, Tanzania and Uganda).

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