Dr Annabelle Gourlay MSc PhD

Distance Learning Tutor in Epidemiology



My undergraduate and first Masters degree was in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, which I completed in 2002.  I subsequently worked for a healthcare market research agency monitoring antiretroviral treatment usage in the USA, Europe and Latin America.  In 2008 I spent several months working in the Gambia and Guinea Bissau with the Medical Research Council on an HIV cohort study of HIV-2 infected individuals.  I completed the MSc in Epidemiology at the LSHTM in 2010, and recently completed my PhD at the School.





During my PhD, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant the LSHTM and taught on several in-house Epidemiology Masters courses including Basic Epidemiology, Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health, and distance-learning courses in Statistics with Computing (EP102) and Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (EP301). 

I am continuing my teaching role at LSHTM as a distance learning tutor and co-organiser for the EPM301 course.




In 2014 I completed a PhD focussing on the uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in a rural area of north-western Tanzania (Kisesa, Mwanza) using a mixed-methods approach. I undertook a qualitative study on barriers to uptake of PMTCT services in the study area in 2012.  The quantitative component used clinical records from Kisesa health facilities linked to data from the Kisesa HIV Open Cohort study to ascertain population-level PMTCT service use among HIV-positive pregnant women living in Kisesa.  

I now carry out research at University College London on HIV in a European context, primarily focussed on monitoring of the continuum of HIV care across a number of European countries, in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). I also carry out quantitative and qualitative research in the UK, including exploration of the social context related to recently-acquired HIV infection among MSM.

Research areas

  • Sexual health


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Sexually transmitted disease


  • Euro area
  • European Union
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Gambia, The
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Access To Care
  • Access To Medicines
  • Adherence
  • Africa
  • Antiretrovirals
  • Cohort Studies
  • Developing countries
  • HIV
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Participatory Research
  • community participation
  • epidemiology
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