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Dr Alexander Aiken

MB MSc DTMH MRCP FRCPath PhD

Assistant Professor
in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)7913 068161

Alex Aiken is a Clinical Lecturer on the NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer program. He has conducted research work for his PhD into the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections in Kenya. He works in the fields of surgical site infections, paediatric nosocomial bacteraemia, antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquisition of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

He is planning new work on interrupting transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria in hospitals in Harare, Zimbabwe and is conducting pilot studies ahead of a major cluster-randomized trial..

 

 

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Teaching

Alex teaches on the Distance Learning Epidemiology MSc course at LSHTM and supervises PhD students.

Research

Alex has worked with a variety of different institutions and organisations:

  • the MRC Unit in the Gambia in 2005-6 on TB, including clinical application of immunological methods (ELISPOT) for TB diagnosis.
  •  The Health Protection Agency (UK) in 2008-9, working on Non-Typhoidal Salmonella epidemiology.
  • The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya, studing the epidemiology of Hospital-acquired Infections in Thika District Hospital and Kilifi District Hospital.
  • The London Surgical Research Group on the SHAPE study.
  • The Internation Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) on a re-analysis of an influential study of the impact of deworming school-children in Kenya, working with Calum Davey.
  • The World Health Organisation on a project improving quality of surgical care at five African hospitals (SUSP).
  • The Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe for a pilot study ahead of a major cluster-randomized trial.

 

 

Research Area
Bacteria
Child health
Infectious disease policy
Surveillance
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine
Microbiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Tuberculosis
Hospital acquired infection
Country
United Kingdom
Gambia, The
Kenya
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Effect of handrubbing using locally-manufactured alcohol-based handrubs in paediatric wards in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Gudza-Mugabe, M. ; Magwenzi, M.T. ; Mujuru, H.A. ; Bwakura-Dangarembizi, M. ; Robertson, V. ; Aiken, A.M. ;
Antimicrob Resist Infect Control
Carriage of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in hospitalised children in tertiary hospitals in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Magwenzi, M.T. ; Gudza-Mugabe, M. ; Mujuru, H.A. ; Dangarembizi-Bwakura, M. ; Robertson, V. ; Aiken, A.M. ;
Antimicrob Resist Infect Control
Antibiotic resistance needs global solutions.
Aiken, A.M. ; Allegranzi, B. ; Scott, J.A. ; Mehtar, S. ; Pittet, D. ; Grundmann, H. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
Evaluation of surveillance for surgical site infections in Thika Hospital, Kenya.
Aiken, A.M.; Wanyoro, A.K.; Mwangi, J.; Mulingwa, P.; Wanjohi, J.; Njoroge, J.; Juma, F.; Mugoya, I.K.; Scott, J.A.; Hall, A.J.;
J Hosp Infect
Risk and causes of paediatric hospital-acquired bacteraemia in Kilifi District Hospital, Kenya: a prospective cohort study.
Aiken, A.M. ; Mturi, N. ; Njuguna, P. ; Mohammed, S. ; Berkley, J.A. ; Mwangi, I. ; Mwarumba, S. ; Kitsao, B.S. ; Lowe, B.S. ; Morpeth, S.C. ; Hall, A.J. ; Khandawalla, I. ; Scott, J.A. ; Kilifi Bacteraemia Surveillance Group, . ; COLLABORATORS;Ahmed, I. ; Akech, S. ; Makazi, A.B. ; Hajj, M.B. ; Brent, A. ; Chesaro, C. ; Dayo, H. ; Idro, R. ; Kosgei, P. ; Maitland, K. ; Marsh, K. ; Mwalekwa, L. ; Mwaringa, S. ; Newton, C. ; Ngama, M. ; Pamba, A. ; Peshu, N. ; Seale, A. ; Talbert, A. ; Williams, T. ;
Lancet
See all Dr Alexander Aiken's Publications