Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME)
Group Head: Professor Charlotte Watts
Group Administrator: Rosa Arques
SaME comprises 24 members, spanning four disciplinary areas (7 social epidemiologists, 6 mathematical modellers, 7 economists, 3 social scientists), and conducts rigorous, action-oriented research on HIV/AIDS and gender based violence.
The group houses the LSHTM Gender Violence and Health Centre and heads the new DFID funded STRIVE Research Programme Consortium on addressing the structural drivers of HIV/AIDS. SaME is also leading the global burden of disease assessment of the prevalence and health impacts of inter-personal violence; conducts social, epidemiological, economic and evaluation research of different approaches to HIV and/or violence prevention and care, including on the optimal delivery of HIV services; approaches to addressing the vulnerability of women and other most at risk populations; the integrated delivery of reproductive, HIV and violence health services; the potential role of new HIV prevention technologies, and the effective provision of health services to violence survivors.
A particular strength of SaME is its inter-disciplinary expertise, which has led both to important policy impacts, and methodological and conceptual developments. Methodological contributions include approaches to evaluating complex HIV and violence prevention interventions, advances in HIV epidemiological theory, and the development of guidelines on the safe and ethical conduct of research on sensitive issues or with highly vulnerable populations. The Group's research is underpinned by several large Gates funded research grants on HIV/AIDS for evaluation research in East Africa and South India, a core programme grant for the Gender, Violence and Health Centre from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and funding from the Wellcome Trust, MRC, ESRC and the EU. Currently SaME is conducting collaborative research with partners in Brazil, Cote D'Ivoire, India, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and the UK.