Onicio Leal Neto

Leal Neto

Onicio Leal Neto
EpiTrack (Brazil) & University of Zurich (Guardians of Health Project)

Onicio Leal Neto brings 12 years of experience in digital epidemiology and technologies applied to disease surveillance. He has worked for local governments in Brazil and several international organizations as consultant (Pan-American Health Organization, UNICEF, Inter-American Development Bank).

He led Participatory Disease Surveillance projects during the FIFA World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016 and co-hosted important events like Epicrowd 2015 and Epihack Rio 2015. During Covid-19 pandemic, he was the chairman of Brasil Sem Corona, the biggest participatory disease surveillance strategy in Brazil. He was a project partner of the SURPRISE study, the first participatory disease surveillance approach for healthcare workers in 25 hospitals in Switzerland.

Onicio holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Public Health & Epidemiology. He is a post-doc fellow at the Center for Child Well-being & Development – University of Zurich,
co-leading wearables and machine learning projects for disease outbreaks and child development.