Professor Laura Rodrigues MD MSc PhD FFPHM

Professor Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Laura C Rodrigues is a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her academic responsibilities include initiating and executing research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, both in England and internationally, and development of teaching in epidemiological methods, with emphasis on infectious diseases. Laura was born and trained in Brazil, and has been in the LSHTM since 1981. Laura sits in the Scientific Advisory Board of the Novartis Institutes for Vaccines and Global Health in Sienna.She leads the LSHTM intitative for collaborations with Latin America, co leads the Latina America Network (with Pablo Perel),  is the LSHTM academic contact for Science without Borders and is a Science without Borders "Professor Visitante Especial" in Universidade Federal da Bahia, a member of theMedicine Galleries Advisory Board of the Science Museum, London and a fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. 




Laura was very involved in the development of the MSc. Epidemiology: Principles and Practice (distance based, computer assisted learning). She contributes actively to the teaching of epidemiology at the LSHTM and supervises PhD students.


Current research is methodlogical and substantive and includes SCAALA (Social Change and Asthma in Latin America);  an NIHR funded study to estimate changes in BCG protection with time in the UK, separately  for vacine given in the first year of life to high risk groups and at school age to low risk groups; a cohort of HIV infected persons treated in a routine setting in Recife, Brazil, and in the evaluation of impact of Merk for Mothers,  evaluation of social inequelities and impact of socialproctetioni nterventions on tuberculosis, leprosy; use of big data for evaluation, and genetics in public health. 

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Clinical databases
  • Clinical trials
  • Complex interventions
  • Disease control
  • Economic evaluation
  • Electronic health records
  • Ethics
  • Evidence use
  • Gender
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Health
  • Health impact analysis
  • Health inequalities
  • Health outcomes
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Helminths
  • Human genetics
  • Immunisation
  • Impact evaluation
  • Inequalities
  • Infectious disease policy
  • International comparisons
  • Migration
  • Mobile technologies
  • Modelling
  • Neonatal health
  • Outbreaks
  • Parasites
  • Perinatal health
  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Risk
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Statistical methods
  • Surveillance
  • Vaccines
  • Violence


  • Bioinformatics
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Immunoepidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Medicine
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Parasitology
  • Policy analysis
  • Social Policy
  • Statistics
  • Vaccinology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Dengue
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Leprosy
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mental health
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Respiratory disease
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tropical diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vector borne disease


  • European Union
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • World


  • Brazil
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Atopy
  • BCG
  • BCG Vaccination
  • Campylobacter
  • Campylobacter Jejuni
  • Causal Inference
  • Causal Mediation
  • Causal Models
  • Centre for Evaluation
  • Centre for Statistical Methods
  • Cohort Studies
  • Confounding
  • Data Monitoring
  • Dengue Fever
  • Developing countries
  • Early Newborn Infection
  • Effectiveness Evaluations
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Equity And Equality
  • Evaluation
  • General Practice
  • HIV
  • Immunization,Vaccine
  • Incidence
  • Indigenous Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • clinical epidemiology
  • epidemiology
  • helminths
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