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Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME)

Group Head:  Professor Charlotte Watts

Group Administrator:  Rosa Arques

SaME is a dynamic research group that conducts rigorous, action-oriented research focused primarily on HIV/AIDS, interpersonal violence and migration. 

A particular strength of the 45-strong group is inter-disciplinary expertise, spanning social epidemiology, mathematical modelling, health economics and social science. Researchers within the group are at the forefront of emerging research areas, including:

Research by the Gender Violence and Health Centre within SaME has achieved considerable international impact, such as the finding, from a five-year study that one in three women worldwide will experience violence in her lifetime. As well as investigating the health harms associated with violence against partners and children, SaME conducts randomised controlled trials of the impact and cost-effectiveness of violence prevention programmes in Africa and Asia.

SaME manages a multi-million-pound portfolio of research grants, including the DFID-funded STRIVE research consortium, tackling the structural drivers of HIV/AIDS, and an evaluation of the impact of anti-trafficking programmes in Southeast Asia. Mathematical modellers and health economists collaborate, for example in modelling the impact and assessing the cost-effectiveness of new HIV prevention technologies, including microbicides, PrEP and early ART treatment.

Much of SaME’s research is conducted in close collaboration with partners in low and middle income countries, and entails the evaluation of major public health intervention initiatives.

SAME group

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. 

- See more at: http://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/samegroup/  

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