Dr Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas
MBBS MPH MHHPM PhD SFHEA FRSPH
of Maternal and Newborn Health
I am a physician, public health practitioner, and global maternal and newborn health researcher having completed my medical training at the Lagos State University, Nigeria and post-graduate degrees at University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, Ecole des Hautes Etude en Santé Publique, Rennes, France, and Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po), Rennes, France. I subsequently completed my doctoral training at the Univerpool of Liverppol/Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
I joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in January 2023 as Associate Professor in Maternal and Newborn Health after previously holding the same role at the University of Greenwich. I am also Visiting Professor on the Erasmus Mundus Europubhealth programme, Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, Principal Researcher at the Senghor Chair in Health and Development in sub-Saharan Africa, University of Ottawa, Canada, and Health Systems Research Lead at the Maternal and Reproductive Health Research Collective, Lagos, Nigeria. I am an editorial board member of PLOS Global Public Health, Reproductive Health, and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and contribute to teaching on maternal and perinatal Health across the School, at masters and PhD levels.
The main focus of my research has been on maternal health, especially as it relates to women living in Africa, and particulalry vulnerable women such refugees and black and ethnic minorities living in North America and Europe. Specifically, my research has mostly explored issues on and strategies to optimise cost and cost-effectiveness, geographical access, and quality of maternal and newborn health care for these women.
Currently, I am Principal Investigator for the Google funded 'On Tackling In-transit delays for Mothers in Emergency' (OnTIME) project and co-investigator on the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funded Implementation Science project for intravenous versus oral iron for iron deficiency anaemia in pregnant Nigerian women (IVON-IS) and post-partum women (IVON-PP).
I am interested in supervising research degree students working on various aspects of maternal and newborn health.