Dr Alexander Aiken
MB MSc DTMH MRCP FRCPath PhD
in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
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..
Alex teaches on the Distance Learning Epidemiology MSc course at LSHTM and supervises PhD students.
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.