Alison Grant MBBS MSc PhD DTM&H

Professor of International Health

Alison Grant's Background

I trained initially as a physician specialising in infectious and tropical diseases and HIV medicine, and continue to work in HIV medicine in London. I studied epidemiology at LSHTM with particular interests in care for people with HIV in developing countries.

Alison Grant's Affiliation

Alison Grant's Teaching

I teach clinical tropical medicine, epidemiology and HIV/AIDS, particularly to students on MSc Tropical Medicine and International Health, and the LSHTM Diplomas in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (in London and in East Africa).

Alison Grant's Research

My main research interest is care for people with HIV in developing countries, particularly preventive interventions. Current major projects include a cluster randomised trial investigating a point-of-care TB test and treat algorithm for people with advanced HIV disease in South Africa; evaluation of South African national roll-out of Xpert MTB/RIF, a new TB diagnostic test replacing smear microscopy; investigation of how best to use Xpert MTB/RIF among people attending clinics for HIV care; a cluster-randomised trial of an intervention to improve integration of TB and HIV care in primary health clinics; and the effect of community-wide TB preventive therapy among gold miners. In collaboration with colleagues in South Africa, I have been involved with the design, implementation and evaluation of an HIV care programme in workplace and community settings.

I supervise research degree students working on use of Xpert MTB/RIF in South Africa; causes of death among people starting ART in South Africa; reasons for loss to follow-up among people taking ART in Zimbabwe; and tuberculosis in Cambodia.

I did field work for my PhD on the clinical epidemiology of HIV disease at Projet RETRO-CI, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where I was also involved in a study of the effect of cotrimoxazole on morbidity and mortality among people with HIV.

Research areas

  • Clinical care
  • Evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Randomised controlled trials


  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Tuberculosis


  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Diagnostics,
  • clinical epidemiology
  • epidemiology
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