Helen Kelly BSc MSc

Assistant Professor HARP Study Coordinator


Helen is the Study Coordinator for the HARP (HPV in Africa Research Partnership), which is a multicentre, multifunctional research project that aims to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of screening and treatment approaches for the prevention of cervical neoplasia in HIV positive women in Burkina Faso and South Africa (http://harp-fp7.org). Prior to this, she worked as Overseas Projects Scientific Coordinator at LSHTM coordinating a multi-partner research network in Asia, Africa and Latin America managing the technical aspects of a research programme on accessible, quality assured diagnostic tests for sexually transmitted infections, including rapid tests for syphilis and HIV. She studied Zoology at University College Dublin, specializing in Immunology. Prior to joining LSHTM in October 2009, she worked in the diagnostics industry as a research scientist developing immunodiagnostic assays for infectious diseases.





Helen assists in the organisation and teaching of the in-house module Control of Reproductive Tract Infections/Sexually Transmitted Infections and teaches on the module GCP, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs in Clinical Trials as part of the Distance Learning MSc in Clinical Trials.

Research areas

  • Clinical trials
  • Diagnostics
  • Implementation research
  • Sexual health


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cervical cancer
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Syphilis


  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
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