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 am involved in a new MSc in Global Health taught alongside a 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 epidemiology, 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 outcomes of diseases like TB. This includes a study of acutely unwell patients admitted to the TB ward in the Philippines with investigators from the San Lazaro Hospital, Manila. I am also collaborating with the Nutrition Centre Philippines and the Filipino National TB Programme on research on malnutrition and diabetes in TB in the Philippines. This includes a recently completed 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).
Other research areas include:
- Maternal and child health: focussing on nutrition and infection and effects on growth and anaemia.
- Detection and management of malnutrition in hospitalized children (all ages)
- Nutrition and infections in the development of chronic, non communicable diseases, in particular diabetes and hypertension
- 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 has 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); Lancet Haematology 2018 in press. 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).