Dr. Patricia Lund

Research studies on albinism in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana have been wide reaching with multiple partners and funders. Information has been gathered on the frequency of albinism in different populations, mutations in the gene causing the condition, sun protection strategies adopted to reduce the risk of developing sun induced skin damage, health (especially genetic) care for this vulnerable group, education (mainstream versus special schools) and social perceptions (and misconceptions) about albinism in African communities. These multi-faceted studies have been enriched by collaborations with local albinism associations in Africa and I have also been privileged to meet many families with albinism. 

In addition to academic outputs, I have written (with other authors), two pamphlets on Albinism in Malawi; Information for children (also available in Chichewa) and information for teachers and parents. A further booklet for children with albinism in Zambia and another general one for Africa covers issues of inheritance. Posters and a radio drama called LOVE BUILDS have also been developed to educate communities about albinism. There materials are all open access and are used for training around issues of albinism in Africa.

  • Standing Voice and Advantage Africa: An investigation into the impact of stigma on the education and life opportunities available to people with albinism in Tanzania and Uganda. 
  • Exploring interdisciplinary: approaches to albinism in sub-Saharan Africa. Collaborative project with Lancaster University and others. 
  • From 2014: Development of radio dramas to inform communities in Africa about issues of albinism, with funding from several UK based charities. 
  • 2013-14: A Statistical Survey of the Prevalence of Albinism in Districts of the Central Region of Ghana, in collaboration wit Masters students at AIMS Ghana, Professor Mark Roberts at the University of Surrey and Dr Ezekiel Nortay at the University of Ghana. 
  • Sightsavers Innovation FundIntegrating community and media networks to promote educational inclusion of children and young people with albinism in Malawi and Zambia. 
  • 2012-2014: Barriers to access: why are some visually impaired young people with albinism in Malawi not attending school? British Academy Small Grant, £9,550. 
  • 2009-2011: Collaborative research on the inclusive education of young people with albinism in Malawi and the role of itinerant specialist teachers in supporting this visually impaired group of pupils, funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat. 
  • 2008: Pedagogical research on development and evaluation of e-learning material in genetics, funded by Coventry University. 
  • 2002-2006: Enhancement of genetic education and information provision, particularly on albinism, in the Venda region of Northern Province, South Africa, funded by the British Council/DFID. 
  • 1999-2000: Multidisciplinary research project on albinism in Southern Africa, involving molecular genetic, optometric, health, social and psychological aspects, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021