Colin Forsyth

Colin Forsyth

Research and Data Use Lead

Dr. Colin Forsyth, MSH’s Research and Data Use Lead, is a medical anthropologist and epidemiologist with over 10 years of experience in international health research, primarily in neglected diseases. Prior to joining MSH, he spent eight years at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), where he led or participated in various research projects in Chagas disease and other neglected diseases.

Forsyth directed the Chagas Clinical Research Platform and the US Chagas Treatment Access Project while engaging in activities in study design, data collection and analysis, and publication development for various studies. He conducted qualitative research on patient perspectives and access barriers for Chagas disease care in Bolivia, Colombia, and Los Angeles; led data analysis and publication of the first major community-based prevalence study of Chagas disease in the US; and led expert groups which developed recommendations for diagnosis of Chagas disease in the US and care of patients connected with Chagas disease and COVID-19.

Additionally, Forsyth led the development of frameworks for monitoring and evaluation and patient and community engagement at DNDi; spoke on neglected diseases at major international conferences; and was actively engaged in proposal development for major funding opportunities. Prior to working at DNDi, he conducted anthropological research on Chagas disease in Bolivia, where he lived during the 1990s.

Forsyth has a PhD in anthropology and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of South Florida, and an MA in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico.