Dr Pareek is a clinical academic with international expertise in developing and delivering public health research programmes in infectious diseases, migrant health and ethnic minority health. He is applying his research expertise to understanding the risks of COVID-19 in ethnic minorities and other underserved populations.
Dr Pareek is part of a team that has highlighted that only 7% of all reports into COVID-19 deaths have recorded ethnicity and that none of the ten highest COVID-19 case-notifying countries have reported ethnicity-related data. In the UK there has been a disproportionate number of deaths amongst healthcare workers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and recent Intensive Care Unit data indicates that a disproportionate number of patients are from said backgrounds. Dr Pareek is calling for policy-makers to ensure ethnicity is reported so that if it is linked to adverse COVID-19 outcomes the appropriate public health interventions can be put in place to support these groups.
The identification and prevention of latent tuberculosis infection in high-risk populations –especially migrants and those with HIV infection
International and national health policy relating to the identification of infectious diseases (especially active and latent tuberculosis) in migrants
Cost-effectiveness of screening migrants for infectious diseases (especially latent tuberculosis infection)
Selected recent publications
Pareek M, Bond M, Shorey J, Seneviratne S, Guy M, White P, Lalvani A, Kon OM. Community-based evaluation of immigrant tuberculosis screening using interferon γ release assays and tuberculin skin testing: observational study and economic analysis. Thorax 2013; 68:230-239.
Pareek M, Evans J, Innes J, Smith G, Hingley-Wilson S, Lougheed KE, Sridhar S, Dedicoat M, et al. Ethnicity and mycobacterial lineage as determinants of tuberculosis disease phenotype. Thorax 2013; 68:221-229.
Pareek M, Baussano I, Abubakar I, Dye C, Lalvani A. Evaluation of immigrant tuberculosis screening in industrialized countries. Emerg Infect Dis 2012; 18:1422-1429.
Pareek M, Watson JP, Ormerod LP, Kon OM, Woltmann G, White PJ, Abubakar I, Lalvani A. Screening of immigrants in the UK for imported latent tuberculosis: a multicentre cohort study and cost-effectiveness analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2011; 11(6):435-44.
Pareek M, Abubakar I, White PJ, Garnett GP, Lalvani A. Tuberculosis screening of migrants to low-burden nations: insights from evaluation of UK practice. Eur Respir J. 2011; 37(5):1175-82.