Professor Rashida Ferrand
MB BS FRCP MSc PhD DTM&H
I am a Clinical Epidemiologist and a specialist physician in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health. I joined LSHTM in 2001 as a Wellcome Trust Entry Level Fellow. In 2003, I moved to Zimbabwe and worked as a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School, and completed a Distance-Based Learning MSc in Epidemiology. Since 2007, I have been mainly based in Harare, Zimbabwe where I lead a research group conducting clinical and epidemiological studies on HIV infection in older children and adolescents. In Harare, I am hosted by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI). I am an Honorary Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, London.
I organise the AIDS MSc module and am also a tutor on the AIDS module for the Distance-based Learning MSc. I contribute to the clinical teaching program at the University of Zimbabwe and teach on courses at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute. Harare, and in the region. I also support academic activities at the Dept of HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust.
My research focuses on investigating strategies to improve outcomes across the HIV care cascade, and on chronic clinical complications of HIV, among adolescents. We are investigating community-based package of services to support HIV testing, access to and retention in HIV care and adherence. We also conduct clinical cohort studies to investigate chronic HIV-associated complications, particularly HIV-associated lung, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease. We are currently conducting a clinical trial of azithromycin for treatment of chronic lung disease.
I collaborate with Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones at the University of Oxford on studies to investigate the immunogenetic correlates of slow progression of HIV infection in children and the pathogenesis of chronic lung disease.