Dr Sharon Cox
Bsc Msc PhD
Professor of Epidemiology & Nutrition at Nagasaki School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health
School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health
I graduated from University College London with a BSc. (Biochemistry, First Class Hons) in 1996, followed by a post graduate teaching qualification (1997), a Masters in Public Health Nutrition at LSHTM (1998) and finally a PhD, also at LSHTM (2003). My PhD comprised a clinical trial in Ghana of low-dose maternal vitamin A supplementation to determine effects on immunity to malaria in pregnancy. In 2002 I became a staff member at LSHTM within the MRC International Nutrition Group and worked on malaria and anemia in Gambian children. In 2007 I moved to be based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, working mostly on sickle cell disease. In 2015 I was appointed as a Professor at the School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Nagasaki, where I am now based. I hold a joint position as an Associate Professor at LSHTM.
I have previously taught and managed units within the MSc in Nutrition for Global Health and I have been a tutor for units on distance based learning MSc courses: ID202 “Nutrition and Infection” (MSc Infectious Diseases) & EPM201 "Study Design: writing a grant application" (MSc Epidemiology).
In my role at the Nagasaki Graduate School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health, I teach on the three graduate courses; the MSc in Global Health, Masters in Public Health and MSc in Tropical Medicine. I coordinate the joint teaching in epidemiology and statistics between LSHTM and Nagasaki staff on the above Masters programmes. I also teach sessions on nutrition, research methodology and organise the Nutrition and Global Health module in Semester 3.
Nutrition and Tuberculosis
In collaboration with colleagues in infectious diseases I am conducting research to investigate how nutrition and nutritional management of moderate and severe acute malnutrition and diabetes may determine TB disease outcomes. This includes a study of acutely unwell patients admitted to the TB ward in the Philippines with investigators from the San Lazaro Hospital, Manila. In collaboration with with the Nutrition Centre Philippines and the Filipino National TB Programme we completed a cross-sectional study in TB patients recieving anti-TB treatment through public TB-DOTS clinics in sites in Manila and rural/semi-rural sites in the Western Visayas Region (ISRCTN12506117). In February 2019 we finsihed recruiting Filipino TB patients (N=902) at the start of treatment with planned follow-up until 2 years post-treatment (ISRCTN16347615). Within this cohort, there are currently 3 Phd student research projects covering health economics, health systems and psychosocial health, supported by expert researchers in these areas at LSHTM and elsewhere.
Other research areas include:
- Maternal and child health: focusing on nutrition and infection and effects on growth and anaemia.
- Long-term effects of severe acute malnutrition (Co-Investigator with Prof Suzanne Filteau on MRC grant - SAMPA, starting Jan 2021)
- Detection and management of malnutrition in hospitalized children (all ages) and in the community
- Sickle cell disease in LMIC
My previous research in sickle cell disease in Tanzaia is outlined below.
I worked with the Muhimbili Sickle Cohort in Tanzania, comprising over 4,000 patients in routine follow-up since 2007. My research focussed on nutritional and genetic modulation of sickle cell disease (SCD). We completed a Wellcome Trust funded clinical trial of a nutraceutical intervention in children with SCD with primary endpoints of growth and improved vascular function (ISRCTN74331412); Cox et al. Lancet Haematology 2018 . My main collaborators in the Muhimbili Sicke Cohort are Dr Julie Makani, (Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences & University of Oxford) & Professor Charles Newton (University of Oxford & KEMRI-Kilifi, Kenya).