Lorna Gibson BSc MPhil

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


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. 

Since 2011, she has worked on 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), and an intervention for depression in Zimbabwe (the Friendship Bench).  She is currently involved in a few projects: the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (NATSAL), a cohort of sex workers in Uganda (The Good Health for Women Project), the African Mental Health Research Initiative, and an online teaching resource entitled, "Epidemiology for Eye Health" for health workers in low income countries.




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.  I am currently involved in the National Study of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle, interventions for depression in Zimbabwe, and a cohort of sex workers in Uganda.


Research areas

  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Leishmaniasis

Other interests

  • C8 Health Project
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