Dr Hilary Bower


Associate Professor
, Epidemiologist, UK Public Health Rapid Support Team


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

0207 927 2524

Hilary Bower is a public health professional and epidemiologist with extensive field experience in Africa and Asia. She is currently a deployable member of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, operated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and UK Health Security Agency to respond to outbreaks, carry out research in outbreak-prone diseases, and support capacity strenthening for epidemic disease and outbreak response in low and middle income countries, and an Associate Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM. She has a PhD in Ebola epidemiology and her research interests include emerging and epidemic infectious diseases, improving outbreak responses and interventions, and innovative surveillance and training approaches.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Evaluation
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response


I tutor on Epidemiology modules in LSHTM, contribute to LSHTM Distance Learning courses, and mentor on epidemiology, outbreak investigation and response internationally. I am involved in the development of Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for outbreaks and pandemics.



Ebola, Lassa Fever, Chikungunya epidemiologiy 

Severe undifferentiated febrile illness

Humanitarian health care

Seroprevalence studies


Research Area
Complex interventions
Health policy
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Systematic reviews
Disease control
Global Health
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease

Selected Publications

Influence of Landscape Patterns on Exposure to Lassa Fever Virus, Guinea.
Longet S; Leggio C; Bore JA; Key S; Tipton T; Hall Y; Koundouno FR; Bower H; Bhattacharyya T; Magassouba N
Emerging infectious diseases
Influence of landscape patterns on the exposure of LASV across diverse regions within the Republic of Guinea
Longet S; Leggio C; Bore JA; Tipton T; Hall Y; Koundouno FR; Key S; Bower H; Bhattacharyya T; Magassouba N
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Boosting understanding of Lassa Fever virus epidemiology: Field testing a novel assay to identify past Lassa Fever virus infection in blood and oral fluids of survivors and unexposed controls in Sierra Leone.
Akpogheneta O; Dicks S; Grant D; Kanneh Z; Jusu B; Edem-Hotah J; Kanneh L; Alhasan F; Gbakie M; Schieffelin J
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
\"Kankasha\" in Kassala: A prospective observational cohort study of the clinical characteristics, epidemiology, genetic origin, and chronic impact of the 2018 epidemic of Chikungunya virus infection in Kassala, Sudan.
Bower H; El Karsany M; Adam AAAH; Idriss MI; Alzain MA; Alfakiyousif MEA; Mohamed R; Mahmoud I; Albadri O; Mahmoud SAA
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
\"Learn from the lessons and don't forget them\": Identifying transferable lessons for COVID-19 from meningitis A, yellow fever, and Ebola virus disease vaccination campaigns
Collins J; Westerveld R; Nelson KA; Rohan H; Bower H; Lazenby S; Ikilezi G; Bartlein R; Bausch DG; Kennedy DS
BMJ Global Health
80 questions for UK biological security.
Kemp L; Aldridge DC; Booy O; Bower H; Browne D; Burgmann M; Burt A; Cunningham AA; Dando M; Dick JTA
PLoS One
The UK public health rapid support team: a novel programme integrating outbreak response, operational research, and capacity building
Ashcroft J; Gannon B; Bower H; Hornsey E; Knight M; Whitworth J; Bausch DG
Access Microbiology
Detection of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever cases in a severe undifferentiated febrile illness outbreak in the Federal Republic of Sudan: A retrospective epidemiological and diagnostic cohort study.
Bower H; El Karsany M; Alzain M; Gannon B; Mohamed R; Mahmoud I; Eldegail M; Taha R; Osman A; Mohamednour S
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Early transmission and case fatality of Ebola virus at the index site of the 2013-16 west African Ebola outbreak: a cross-sectional seroprevalence survey.
Timothy JWS; Hall Y; Akoi-Boré J; Diallo B; Tipton TRW; Bower H; Strecker T; Glynn JR; Carroll MW
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
Attacks against health care in Syria, 2015-16: results from a real-time reporting tool.
Elamein M; Bower H; Valderrama C; Zedan D; Rihawi H; Almilaji K; Abdelhafeez M; Tabbal N; Almhawish N; Maes S
Asymptomatic infection and unrecognised Ebola virus disease in Ebola-affected households in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study using a new non-invasive assay for antibodies to Ebola virus.
Glynn JR; Bower H; Johnson S; Houlihan CF; Montesano C; Scott JT; Semple MG; Bangura MS; Kamara AJ; Kamara O
The Lancet infectious diseases
Variability in Intrahousehold Transmission of Ebola Virus, and Estimation of the Household Secondary Attack Rate.
Glynn JR; Bower H; Johnson S; Turay C; Sesay D; Mansaray SH; Kamara O; Kamara AJ; Bangura MS; Checchi F
The Journal of infectious diseases
Effects of Mother's Illness and Breastfeeding on Risk of Ebola Virus Disease in a Cohort of Very Young Children.
Bower H; Johnson S; Bangura MS; Kamara AJ; Kamara O; Mansaray SH; Sesay D; Turay C; Checchi F; Glynn JR
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Exposure-Specific and Age-Specific Attack Rates for Ebola Virus Disease in Ebola-Affected Households, Sierra Leone.
Bower H; Johnson S; Bangura MS; Kamara AJ; Kamara O; Mansaray SH; Sesay D; Turay C; Checchi F; Glynn JR
Emerging infectious diseases
Deaths, late deaths, and role of infecting dose in Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone: retrospective cohort study.
Bower H; Smout E; Bangura MS; Kamara O; Turay C; Johnson S; Oza S; Checchi F; Glynn JR
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Delivery of an Ebola Virus-Positive Stillborn Infant in a Rural Community Health Center, Sierra Leone, 2015.
Bower H; Grass JE; Veltus E; Brault A; Campbell S; Basile AJ; Wang D; Paddock CD; Erickson BR; Salzer JS
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
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