Dr Andrea Rehman BSc(Hons) PhD CStat CSci

Assistant Professor in Medical Statistics

About Andrea Rehman

I am a medical statistician with experience in clinical trials and epidemiological studies in developing countries specialising in improving the health of children and adolescents.


I have been working in the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM since July 2005.  I completed a PhD in statistics at the University of Strathclyde and an undergraduate degree in statistics at the University of Canterbury.




I teach on the in-house Msc courses Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH) and Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (ASME). I co-organise the summer projects for the distance learning (DL) Epidemiology MSc.


My research interests are in child and adolescent health and nutrition. I am  lead statistician for the BREATHE trial in Zimbabwe and Malawi investigating the use of azithromycin for the treatment of chronic lung disease in HIV-infected adolescents.This trial is funded by the Medical Research Council of Norway and is currently recruiting participants.

I was lead statistician for the NUSTART (nutritional support for adults starting antiretroviral therapy) trial in Tanzania and Zambia which  investigated the effect of nutritional supplements for malnourished HIV patients on mortality. I was also lead statistician for the cluster randomised trial of intermittant preventive therapy for the control of malaria in Ugandan school children. I have previously been involved with a number of projects including supporting the Bioko Island Malaria Control Initiative, investigating the effect of Vitamin D supplementation on the hospitalisation rates of infants up to six months of age in Dehli, improving TB cure rates in Senegal by decentralising care, investigating the epidemiology of rotavirus in an urban slum in India and trying to improve child growth by giving fortified porridge to infants in Zambia in an RCT.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Clinical trials
  • Micronutrients
  • Randomised controlled trials


  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Malawi
  • Zimbabwe

Other interests

  • Tropical Epidemiology Group
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