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Dr Alexander Aiken

MB MSc DTMH MRCP FRCPath PhD

Associate Professor
in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Room
104

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)7913 068161

Dr Alex Aiken is a Clinical Associate Professor at LSHTM and a practicing physician in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. He conducted research work for his PhD into the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections in Kenya. He conducted post-doctoral research in diverse projects including prevention of surgical site infections in African hospitals (the SUSP study with the WHO), transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria in hospitals in Zimbabwe (funded by an AMS starter grant), re-analyzing an influential study on the impacts of mass deworming in western Kenya (with Calum Davey, funded by 3ie) and measuring the effects of a training intervention for hospital cleaners in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (the CLEAN study, with Wendy Graham and Giorgia Gon). 

He is now working on a new study on the impacts of bacteraemia (bloodstream infection) in African countries, specifically examining how much mortality impact is associated with ineffective antibiotic treatment. This study (the MBIRA study) with various African hospital partners, is funded by the Bill+Melinda Gates Foundation and commenced in early 2020. 

He is also a practicing clinician in the Microbiology Department of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, on a temporary basis. 

 

 

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)

Teaching

Alex teaches on Distance Learning MSc courses at LSHTM and supervises MSc and PhD students.

Research

 

 

 

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

Selected Publications

A multimodal infection control and patient safety intervention to reduce surgical site infections in Africa: a multicentre, before-after, cohort study.
Allegranzi B; Aiken AM; Zeynep Kubilay N; Nthumba P; Barasa J; Okumu G; Mugarura R; Elobu A; Jombwe J; Maimbo M
2018
The Lancet infectious diseases
Effect of handrubbing using locally-manufactured alcohol-based handrubs in paediatric wards in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Gudza-Mugabe M; Magwenzi MT; Mujuru HA; Bwakura-Dangarembizi M; Robertson V; Aiken AM
2017
Antimicrobial resistance and infection control
Risk and causes of paediatric hospital-acquired bacteraemia in Kilifi District Hospital, Kenya: a prospective cohort study.
Aiken AM; Mturi N; Njuguna P; Mohammed S; Berkley JA; Mwangi I; Mwarumba S; Kitsao BS; Lowe BS; Morpeth SC
2011
Lancet
Reversion of the ELISPOT test after treatment in Gambian tuberculosis cases.
Aiken AM; Hill PC; Fox A; McAdam KPWJ; Jackson-Sillah D; Lugos MD; Donkor SA; Adegbola RA; Brookes RH
2006
BMC infectious diseases
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