Antonio Peña-Fernández

Antonio Peña-Fernández
De Montfort University | DMU · Leicester School of Allied Health Sciences

PhD, SFHEA

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Additional affiliations
March 2013 - February 2015
Public Health England
Position
  • Health Protection Scientist

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Publications (222)
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Malaria is one of the leading causes of dead among children young than 5 years in Sierra Leone. To tackle this devastating disease, an open-access serious game was developed to facilitate students to acquire com-plex diagnostic skills to recognise Plasmodium species pivotal for rapid and accurate diagnosis of malar-ia. The e-Parasitology Game Colle...
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Following the current chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat due to the war in Ukraine, we delivered a short and updated CBRN training course to postgraduate students enrolled in our MSc Advanced Biomedical Science programme (De Montfort University, UK) in 2021/22. The updated course included three 2-hour workshops, in which s...
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Infections due to intestinal protozoan parasites are increasing in Europe in men who have sex with men (MSM). However, sexual clinics do not routinely monitor for these sexually transmitted parasites (STPs). Our international team, led by De Montfort University (DMU, UK), has launched a complete open-access website package, named e-Parasitology© (h...
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Numerous benefits have been related to the use of educational games, including their effect in promoting motivation and overcoming fatigue and disengagement. To enhance the learning of clinical parasitology diagnostic skills, De Montfort University (DMU, UK) launched in March 2021 a pilot anthology app of three educational mini-games, named ‘e-Para...
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Learning medical parasitology is complex because of the number of clinical competences that students need to acquire in a limited time, as well as skills to detect and distinguish a myriad of different microscopic parasitic structures for their diagnosis. Moreover, learning this science requires overcoming important challenges, including the signif...
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The final year module ‘Clinical Biochemistry’ [originally shared between the BSc in Biomedical Science and BMedSci in Medical Science, De Montfort University (DMU), UK] was comprehensively reviewed to introduce specialised case studies to strengthen the clinical applied component and facilitate acquisition of analytic and diagnostic skills for prog...
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El modelo de educación bimodal adoptado por algunas universidades españolas durante el post-confinamiento se ha fundamentado en la compatibilización de la enseñanza presencial y la no presencial, para acomodarse de forma satisfactoria a la nueva realidad de las aulas universitarias. El salto a la virtualidad del curso pasado nos permitió enriquecer...
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Comprehensive developments were carried out in the virtual environment e-Biology© (http://parasitology.dmu.ac.uk/ebiology/) to help with the on-line delivery of the final year BSc Biomedical Science module of Clinical Biochemistry at De Montfort University (DMU, UK) in 2020/21. To provide a holistic education around human biology, e-Biology© has fo...
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Since early 2019, De Montfort University (DMU, UK) has been leading a project to build teaching/research capabilities (Peña-Fernández et al., 2020a) at The University of Makeni (UNIMAK, Sierra Leone, SL) to provide future health practitioners with appropriate skills to respond to emerging zoonotic parasites using the virtual open-access resource e-...
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De Montfort University (DMU, UK) is developing a complete website package for learning human biology and biochemistry in a clinical context, named e-Biology© http://parasitology.dmu.ac.uk/ebiology/. This open-access resource has four virtual modules that are highly interconnected to aid the virtual teaching of human biology and biochemistry: theore...
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Background: The World Health Organisation and the United Nations have suggested e-Learning as a potential innovative, flexible, interactive and adaptive resource that can be used to address the increasing shortage of health professionals, and could be used to overcome different challenges of medical education. Summary of Work: To quickly adapt edu...
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Desde marzo de 2020 los centros docentes se vieron obligados a afrontar cambios adaptando sus enseñanzas a una formación on-line, motivados por la crisis sanitaria mundial provocada por el coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). En este trabajo se propone un impulso de la calidad de la docencia teórica y práctica en la asignatura Farmacia Galénica I imp...
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The devastating effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19) globally has highlighted the importance of the human/animal interface and the environment shared as a potential source of diseases. Emerging evidence has shown that significant zoonotic parasitic diseases could be appropriately controlled by implementing a One Health approa...
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De Montfort University (DMU, Leicester, UK) is leading an international intervention to strengthen the capabilities (teaching and research status) of medical parasitology at two universities from Sierra Leone (SL), University of Makeni (UNIMAK) and Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology. To date, we have completed three phases since...
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The high morbidity and mortality associated to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which rapidly evolved into a global pandemic owing to its rapid transmissibility, has attracted significant research attention. Meanwhile effort is necessary to tackle COVID-19, it is essential to continue and strengthen combatting...
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The coronavirus pandemic 2019 due to SARS‐CoV‐2 (COVID-19), with more than 117 million cases and over 2 million deaths globally as of March 15th 2021, has significantly disrupted bioscience and medical education. Clinical training programmes in England, including the BSc Biomedical Science (BMS) at De Montfort University (DMU, Leicester, UK), have...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant constraints and challenges on medical education, preventing undergraduate students to have laboratory experiences across the world. In the latest months, continuous educations in the BSc Biomedical Science (BMS) and BMedSci Medical Science programmes at De Montfort University (DMU, Leicester, UK), ha...
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Emerging evidence is recording a progressive reduction in the content of medical and veterinary parasitology in Medicine, Veterinary and related human health programmes in higher education institutions (HEIs) in developed and developing countries despite increasing presence and distribution of zoonotic parasites in urban and rural areas. A multidis...
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The fast growth of the electronic industry and information technology is producing large amounts of electronic waste (e-waste), e.g. 20-25 kg/inhabitant in Spain in 2016, that countries need to appropriately process, recycle and dispose of to avoid any impact from their components. A project was completed to determine the exposure to elements commo...
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The emerging group of human-related microsporidia enteropathogens (Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Encephalitozoon spp.: E. intestinalis, E. hellem, E. cuniculi) is on the Contaminant Candidate List of the US Environmental Protection Agency because the removal/inactivation of their spores in drinking water systems is technologically challenging. We hav...
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Boron (B), present in fruits, vegetables, nuts and pulses, is classified as a possible essential element for humans. However, although a low daily requirement of >1.0 mg B/day has been suggested, growing evidence suggests that a “boron-rich diet” might have a range of beneficial effects on human health such as on obesity and bone metabolism. We hav...
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The coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19), with more than 117 million cases and over 2,602,000 deaths globally as of March 9th 2021, is highlighting the lack of preparedness of health systems to respond to pandemics. First responders during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone (West Africa) have developed training (theoretical and practical) t...
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Consuming wild mushrooms can present a serious risk for human health including: difficulties in discriminating between poisonous and edible mushroom species; poisonous potential if not processed appropriately before consumption; or ability to bioconcentrate environmental contaminants such as metals. Therefore, a total of 106 wild mushrooms were sam...
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Future practitioners will need to gain a strong scientific background including knowledge of biomedical laboratory techniques/equipment for translational medicine. However, medical education is facing challenges to appropriately deliver this type of overall education including lack of access to new laboratory techniques by students due to financial...
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On April 2020, we launched a pilot app that presents most of the innovative resources of DMU e-Parasitology® (http://parasitology.dmu.ac.uk/), which can be downloaded from Google store for beta tester. The creation of this app is a response to students’ feedback collected during our pilot intervention to strengthen medical parasitology at Universit...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented changes and curriculum modifications to adapt medical education to the new situation. In order to comply with public health measures to respond to the on-going pandemic, academics from different universities have used our novel resource for teaching and learning medical parasitology recently devel...
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The coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19), which has rapidly expanded with more than 12 million cases and almost 550,000 deaths globally as of July 9th 2020, has resulted in unprecedented changes and curriculum modifications to adapt medical education to the new situation of social distancing. In order to comply with public health measures to respon...
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The UK Department of Health (DoH), the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners have stablished the Competence and Curriculum Framework for the postgraduate programme of Physician Associate (PA), which aims to train future healthcare professionals that will perform similar roles to medically-trained personnel, but...
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Companion animals live closely with humans and provide them with significant psychological and physiological benefits. However, they can also have an impact on public health because of their significant role in the transmission of important zoonotic diseases. To strengthen the teaching of clinical veterinary parasitology, which is being eroded in E...
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Cultivation of parasites is invaluable for a myriad of reasons including diagnosis and patient care, performing parasitology research, epidemiological studies and for teaching and learning, for example, demonstrating the characteristics of pathogenic parasites to students. In order to comply with public health measures to respond to the ongoing COV...
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Much of the focus of public health research post-Ebola in Sierra Leone has been on rebuilding the healthcare system. However, very little attention has focused on capacity building in knowledge necessary for (bio)medical research, specifically around emerging opportunistic human pathogens that contribute to the high morbidity and mortality rates in...
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General awareness in chemoprophylactic preventive methods amongst undergraduate students enrolled in our two clinical science programmes at De Montfort University (DMU, Leicester, UK) was found to be very poor. To tackle this we delivered a highly dynamic workshop in our level 4 module of Basic Microbiology in 2019/20 (n=230), BSc Biomedical Scienc...
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Following the devastating effects of the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak on the Sierra Leonean public health system, De Montfort University (DMU, UK) is leading a project to build the teaching and research capabilities of medical parasitology at the University of Makeni (UniMak, Sierra Leone). A DMU researcher visited UniMak for two weeks in April 2019 and...
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A novel pedagogic reflective strategy was developed to facilitate the teaching and learning of basic clinical biochemistry skills and to enhance critical thinking and reflection in clinical science students, specifically BSc Biomedical Science (BMS) and BMedSci Medical Science (BMedSci), at De Montfort University (UK) in 2016/17. Students that volu...
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The teaching of veterinary parasitology is facing important challenges including the need to reverse the current downward trend in the teaching status of this scientific discipline. New technical advances could facilitate the teaching/learning of this complex discipline and provide innovative opportunities for facilitating students to acquire and e...