LSHTM Collaborations

The IDC works with many experts from across the world and also those based at our home institution of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Our LSHTM collaborators include:


Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn is Professor, and Director of The School's MARCH Center. She is a paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist with over 20 years experience on global maternal-child health particularly in Africa. She works with governments and partners to scale up and evaluate newborn care, linked to WHO, Save the Children and also part-time as DFID's Senior Research Fellow for newborn health. She is also a founding Board Member of Powerfree Education and Technology, a South African not-for-profit organization developing and testing innovative, wind-up technology to improve quality of care around the time of birth which has won awards and a number of grants. Her research is focused on RMNCH, ranging from burden estimation and life course epidemiology including improving the input data, through to implementation research and impact assessment. 


Shunmay Yeung

Shunmay Yeung is the LSHTM lead investigator for the Tracking Resistance to Artemisinins Collaboriation (TRAC) and Deputy Director and a core scientist for the Artemisinin Combination Therapy Consortium (ACTc). She co-leads the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health - Child Theme, and is active clinically as a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease at St Mary's Imperial College Hospital, London. Her recent projects include:

1) Operational research and cost-effectiveness related to malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests, including descriptive studies of their uptake and use in the private sector Cambodia and cost-effectiveness modelling of their scale up in Sub-Saharan Africa

2) Cost-effectiveness modelling of G6PD testing as part of case management of P. vivax infection

3) An evaluation of the use of LAMP for reactive case detection for malaria elimination in Cambodia

4) Personalised Risk assessment in febrile illness to Optimise Real-life Management across the European Union (PERFORM). - A Horizon 2020 project led by Prof Mike Levin at Imperial College focusing on acute febrile illness in children in the EU. Neil Hawkins and myself are involved in the comparative health systems analysis and health technology assesment.


Michael Miles

Professor Miles is Professor of Medical Protozoology. The research interests of Professor Michael Miles concern: the genetic diversity and molecular genetics of protozoan parasites, particularly Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania species; the epidemiology and control of South American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) and of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis; the molecular taxonomy of triatomine bugs (Hemiptera:Reduviidae); the ecology of South American mammals and developmental diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases. His research is primarily on molecular epidemiology and taxonomy of Leishmania and Trypanosoma cruzi, improvement of control strategies, including both fundamental experimental and field research, and more recently on diagnostics development.


Fern Terris-Prestholt

Fern Terris-Prestholt joined SAME (then the HIVTools Research Group) in the Department of Global Health and Development 2000. Her research focusses on uptake of new HIV and STI technologies and demand stimulation . She uses both cost-effectiveness analysis and the analysis of user preferences (discrete choice experiments) to inform the introduction of new technologies.  

She completed her PhD on Introduction and Distribution of New Barrier Methods for HIV prevention, which focussed primarily on women's demand for microbicidein South Africa. She holds a MSc in Development Economics from Wageningen University, The Netherlands and a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA. She previously worked at the Institute for Medical Technology Assessment in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr. Terris-Prestholt collaborates with the Center on the Introduction and cost-effectiveness of point of care testing, including syphilis and HIV diagnostics and monitoring tools,  to provide evidence for policy makers to inform POC test introduction and placement. 


Colin Sutherland

Colin Sutherland is Head of the Immunology & Infection Department in ITD as well as Head of Antimalarial Drug Development and Drug Resistance in the Malaria Centre. He has over 15 years experience working with parasite drug resistance and molecular detection of human malaria parasites of all species.  Colin is currently supported by Public Health England (PHE) as Reader in Parasitology attached to the Malaria Reference Laboratory, LSHTM, and as Clinical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Parasitology at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Doctor Sutherland collaborates with the IDC on the evaluation of diagnostics for malaria.



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