Professor Rashida Ferrand
FRCP MSc PhD DTM&H
I obtained my primary medical degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and following postgraduate training in internal medicine and clinical specialist training in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health, I joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to undertake my doctoral training, funded through a Wellcome Trust clinical tropical training fellowship.
I am based in Harare, Zimbabwe where I direct the Zim-LSHTM Research Partnership (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/zimbabwe-group), a partnership between the LSHTM and the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) in Harare, Zimbabwe.
I am a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science and an honorary consultant physician in HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, London. I am also a visiting professor at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
I am a tutor on the HIV module for the Distance-based Learning MSc. I currently supervise 4 PhD students as a primary supervisor and am an associate supervisor for a further 3 students. I teach on the Tropical Medicine and International Health MSc and on the DTM&H at LSHTM. I supervise 3-4 MSc students at LSHTM per annum, as well as post-graduate and post-doctoral students from international academic institutions who are attached to my group through collaborations e.g. from the University of Oxford, and Duke University, USA. I also teach on PENTA (Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS) courses.
I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in public health and clinical medicine at the University of Zimbabwe and teach on research methods courses at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute in Harare.I also mentor colleagues at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan.
My research interests include adolescent health, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and chronic disease.
I am currently leading a cluster randomised trial across 3 provinces in Zimbabwe (CHIEDZA trial) of a community-based package of integrated HIV, sexual and reproductive health and general health services for youth aimed at improving HIV outcomes. We are also investigating novel approaches to HIV testing including targeted HIV testing strategies such as index-linked HIV testing, HIV self-testing in tertiary educational institutions and HIV testing of children by their caregivers.
My research group also conducts clinical and pathogenesis studies on chronic co-morbidities associated with HIV infection among children and adolescents, particularly lung, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease. I lead an EDCTP-funded consortium that is investigating vitamin D supplementation for improving musculoskeletal health of children with HIV.
I am the Zimbabwe lead for the FRACTURES E3 consortium that is investigating the epidemiology, economic impact and ethnography of fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are also investigating the impact of HIV infection on bone attrition in menopause.