Tansy Edwards


Assistant Professor
in Medical Statistics


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2579

I am a medical statistician with a focus on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, and particular emphasis on the evaluation of treatment and intervention strategies for neglected tropical diseases.


I have been based at LSHTM since 2003 working within the Tropical Epidemiology Group (, a group of statistical epidemiologists specialising in studies on the epidemiology and control of major public health problems of developing countries, in particular Africa and Asia, with a major focus on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and a special emphasis on intervention studies. I was based in Nairobi, Kenya from 2010 to 2013.



Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Evaluation
Statistical Methodology


I am a co-organiser of Analysis and Design of Research Studies with Tanya Marchant, a core module for MSc students in the Faculty of Infectious Tropical Diseases. I also teach on a variety of modules for two Distance Learning MSc courses (Clinical Trials and Epidemiology) including Basic Statistics for Clinical Trials, Data Monitoring and Interim Analysis and Advanced Statistics Methods in Epidemiology. I have developed teaching materials and delivered lectures for short courses in Kenya and Uganda on statistical methods and clinical trials.


I work mainly on research projects relating to trachoma and visceral leishmaniasis. My main interests lie in the design and analysis of cluster randomised trials of mass drug administration for control of neglected tropical diseases and multi-centre individually randomised trials of new treatments for visceral leishmaniasis. I also have experience in the design and analysis of large scale epidemiological studies. I am a co-investigator and statistician on two treatment trials of convalescent plasma for Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea ( and Sierra Leone.

Research Area
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Disease control
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Gambia, The
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The use of Ebola Convalescent Plasma to treat Ebola Virus Disease in resource constrained settings: A perspective from the field.
van Griensven, J.; De Weiggheleire, A.; Delamou, A.; Smith, P.G.; Edwards, T.; Vandekerckhove, P.; Bah, E.I.; Colebunders, R.; Herve, I.; Lazaygues, C.; Haba, N.; Lynen, L.;
Clin Infect Dis
Generalizing boundaries for triangular designs, and efficacy estimation at extended follow-ups.
Allison, A. ; Edwards, T. ; Omollo, R. ; Alves, F. ; Magirr, D. ; E Alexander, N.D. ;
Safety and Efficacy of Single Dose versus Multiple Doses of AmBisome® for Treatment of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Eastern Africa: A Randomised Trial.
Khalil, E.A. ; Weldegebreal, T. ; Younis, B.M. ; Omollo, R. ; Musa, A.M. ; Hailu, W. ; Abuzaid, A.A. ; Dorlo, T.P. ; Hurissa, Z. ; Yifru, S. ; Haleke, W. ; Smith, P.G. ; Ellis, S. ; Balasegaram, M. ; El-Hassan, A.M. ; Schoone, G.J. ; Wasunna, M. ; Kimutai, R. ; Edwards, T. ; Hailu, A. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Non-Participation during Azithromycin Mass Treatment for Trachoma in The Gambia: Heterogeneity and Risk Factors.
Edwards, T. ; Allen, E. ; Harding-Esch, E.M. ; Hart, J. ; Burr, S.E. ; Holland, M.J. ; Sillah, A. ; West, S.K. ; Mabey, D. ; Bailey, R. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Mass Treatment with Azithromycin for Trachoma: When Is One Round Enough? Results from the PRET Trial in The Gambia.
Harding-Esch, E.M. ; Sillah, A. ; Edwards, T. ; Burr, S.E. ; Hart, J.D. ; Joof, H. ; Laye, M. ; Makalo, P. ; Manjang, A. ; Molina, S. ; Sarr-Sissoho, I. ; Quinn, T.C. ; Lietman, T. ; Holland, M.J. ; Mabey, D. ; West, S.K. ; Bailey, R. ; Partnership for Rapid Elimination of Trachoma (PRET) study group, . ; COLLABORATORS;Jabs, D. ; Maguire, M. ; Saguti, G. ; Darville, A. ; Mabey, W. ; St Clair, J. ; Stone, N. ; Prasad, S. ; Reade, Z. ; Miyahara, R. ; Tabernero, P. ; Exley, J. ; Hough, J. ; Takaoka, K. ; Bailey, S. ; Damary-Homan, R. ; Whitton, J.M. ; Wadagni, A.C. ; Ceesay, O. ; Leigh, L. ; Dibba, S. ; Kuyateh, T. ; Manneh, O. ; Camara, O. ; Haffner, M. ; Hydara, R. ; Jallow, M. ; Jatta, M.B. ; Jallow, O. ; Badgie, S. ; Humma, A. ; Sawaneh, B. ; Sey, O. ; Saine, A. ; Sarr, O. ; Jaiteh, M. ; Ceesay, M. ; Badgie, S. ; Tamba, M.C. ; Njie, F.J. ; Yarbo, M. ; Camara, M. ; Kah, R. ; Damballeh, Y. ; Jammeh, A. ; Camara, K. ; Badjie, M. ; Ceesay, W. ; Molina, S. ; Sheedy, S. ; Korita, E. ; Gomez, P. ; Joof, D. ; Conteh, K. ; Vaz, L. ; Jofre-Bonet, M. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Prevalence of trachoma in unity state, South Sudan: results from a large-scale population-based survey and potential implications for further surveys.
Edwards, T. ; Smith, J. ; Sturrock, H.J. ; Kur, L.W. ; Sabasio, A. ; Finn, T.P. ; Lado, M. ; Haddad, D. ; Kolaczinski, J.H. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Sodium stibogluconate (SSG) & paromomycin combination compared to SSG for visceral leishmaniasis in East Africa: a randomised controlled trial.
Musa, A. ; Khalil, E. ; Hailu, A. ; Olobo, J. ; Balasegaram, M. ; Omollo, R. ; Edwards, T. ; Rashid, J. ; Mbui, J. ; Musa, B. ; Abuzaid, A.A. ; Ahmed, O. ; Fadlalla, A. ; El-Hassan, A. ; Mueller, M. ; Mucee, G. ; Njoroge, S. ; Manduku, V. ; Mutuma, G. ; Apadet, L. ; Lodenyo, H. ; Mutea, D. ; Kirigi, G. ; Yifru, S. ; Mengistu, G. ; Hurissa, Z. ; Hailu, W. ; Weldegebreal, T. ; Tafes, H. ; Mekonnen, Y. ; Makonnen, E. ; Ndegwa, S. ; Sagaki, P. ; Kimutai, R. ; Kesusu, J. ; Owiti, R. ; Ellis, S. ; Wasunna, M. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Active convulsive epilepsy in a rural district of Kenya: a study of prevalence and possible risk factors.
Edwards, T.; Scott, A.G.; Munyoki, G.; Odera, V.M.; Chengo, E.; Bauni, E.; Kwasa, T.; Sander, L.W.; Neville, B.G.; Newton, C.R.;
Lancet Neurol
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