Dr Victoria Simms BSc MSc PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology


After finishing my degree at Durham University I worked on trachoma and sanitation in The Gambia, and came to LSHTM for the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries (PHDC) in 2004/5. I worked on surveys of disability in Rwanda and trachoma in Sudan, and then moved to the Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London, where I spent five years on patient-centred outcomes in HIV and a PhD on multidimensional patient-reported problems at HIV diagnosis. I have been employed at LSHTM since 2011.




I am a module co-ordinator for Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (DANES), with Christian Bottomley. I also teach on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (ECCD).


I am a member of the Tropical Epidemiology Group.

I am the epidemiologist on REMSTART, a randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention to reduce mortality for adults beginning ART with a low CD4 count in Dar es Salaam and Lusaka. The intervention includes lay worker home visits to support adherence, and testing and treatment for cryptococcal meningitis.

Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Health services research
  • Implementation research
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Sanitation


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Trachoma
  • Tuberculosis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Gambia, The
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
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