Lorna Gibson joined the LSHTM in March 2003 with a first degree in Biochemistry and Master's in Epidemiology, with practical experience in molecular parasitology (malaria & leishmania) before moving to epidemiology. She has experience in trial design and management having previously worked at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Institute of Cancer Research (Clinical Trials & Statistics Unit). She was based in the Philippines for two years working for an international agency, and has also worked for shorter periods in South America and Africa.
She has worked on a variety of short and long term projects at the School: the British Breast Cancer Study, the C8 Health Project in environmental epidemiology, a Cochrane review on Community-based Rehabilitation for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries, the HPV African Partnership (HARP), the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (NATSAL), a cohort of sex workers in Uganda (The Good Health for Women Project), and an online teaching resource entitled, "Epidemiology for Eye Health" for health workers in low income countries. Her main work is for the African Mental Health Research Initiative, a Welcome-funded capacity building project involving Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia.
I am tutor for students from Public Health for Development (previously Public Health in Developing Countries).
I teach on the Basic Epidemiology course and Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (DANES).
I was involved in the development of an online teaching resource - 'Epidemiology for Eye Health' - for health workers in low income countries.
Previous teaching: Statistics for Epidemiology & Public Health (STEPH,2003-2008) and co-organiser of projects for Distance Learning in Epidemiology (2007-2010), Reviewing the Literature.
Through the School's development programme, I have completed a University of London Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.
My main interests are in female sexual and reproductive health, and cancer. I have been involved in several national studies on breast cancer, a national ovarian cancer register, a pilot dietary trial in adolescents, a study of Human Papilloma Virus prevalence in India, an HPV study in HIV positive women in Burkina Faso and South Africa, the third National Study of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle, interventions for depression in Zimbabwe, and a cohort of sex workers in Uganda. I am part time for the African Mental Health Research Initiative, and my role is delivering epidemiology and statistics courses for the PhD and post doc fellows recruited from Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.