Dr Ifedayo Adetifa
FWACP (Paed) MSc PhD
I received my undergraduate medical training at the University of Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria and completed residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria for which I was awarded the Fellowship of the West Africa College of Phyiscians in Paediatrics. I studied for the MSc in Epidemiology at the School and got my PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I joined the School in June 2014 and work overseas as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme,Kilifi, Kenya.
The overarching aim of my research is to provide evidence for vaccine policy in low-and-middle income countries especially those in Africa. My vaccine policy advisory roles include membership of the Kenyan National Immunisation Coordination Committee, the WHO AFRO Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) and the WHO Technical Advisory Group on RSV vaccines.
Prior to joining the School, I worked as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at the LSHTM. My research interests and work then were in Tuberculosis Epidemiology.
I am a Distance Learning tutor for Basic Statistics with Computing (EPM101) and Study Design: Writing a grant (EPM201) modules of the MSc Epidemiology and I organise and teach on the Vaccines session on the DTMH course at the school. In addition, I teach on the Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods course at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme/Pwani University, Kilifi, in Kenya
My research interests are infectious diseases epidemiology specifically vaccine impact studies including assessments the full effects of vaccines (indirect and non-specific effects of vaccines, impact on AMR); assessments of crude and effective vaccine coverage, serological surveys of population immunity and innovative approaches to increasing vaccine coverage.
I am a co-principal investigator and co-investigator respectively on the following vaccine effectiveness studies in Kenya-Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS) and the Rotavirus Immunisation Programme Evaluation in Kenya (RIPEK)
My group currently works on vaccine seroepidemiology projects funded via a 2019 MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship. This will combine epidemiology and mathematical modelling to serology data to monitor vaccination coverage, assess the impact of vaccination programmes, and to address specific policy questions in Kenya.