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Professor Rashida Ferrand

MB BS FRCP MSc PhD DTM&H

Professor
International Health

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0) 207 927 2577

Fax.
+44 (20) 7612 7860

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 to undertake my doctoral training, funded through a Wellcome Trust clinical tropical training fellowship. I am a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science. 

I am based in Harare, Zimbabwe where I head a research group conducting clinical and epidemiological studies on sexual health and HIV in adolescents and young people. 

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.

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

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 supervise 2-3 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, University of Tromso, Duke University. 

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 support academic activities at the Dept of HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Research

My research focuses on investigating strategies to improve outcomes across the HIV care cascade.

I am currently leading a cluster randomised trial 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 studies on chronic co-morbidities associated with HIV infection among children and adolescents, particularly HIV-associated lung, cardiac and musculoskeletal disease. I am leading a multi-country RCT of azithromycin for treatment of HIV-associated chronic lung disease. 

We collaborate with the University of Oxford, the Univerity of Cape Town and the University of Tromso, on studies to investigate the immunogenetic correlates of slow progression of HIV infection in children and the pathogenesis of HIV-associated chronic complications. 

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Primary care
Public health
Adolescent health
Capacity strengthening
Evaluation
Global Health
Mobile technologies
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Respiratory disease
Country
Malawi
Zimbabwe
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

PNEUMOCOCCAL CARRIAGE IN AFRICAN CHILDREN WITH AND WITHOUT HIV-ASSOCIATED CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE [ISPPD 2020 accepted abstract 308]
Abotsi R; Simms V; Barthus C; Blose W; Mushunje P; Mbhele S; Rehman AM; McHugh G; Odland JO; Corbett E
2020
Children living with HIV in Zimbabwe have impaired trabecular and cortical bone architecture, despite treatment with anti-retroviral therapy [ORAL presentation: BRS 2020 Online]
Kahari C; Rehman AM; Ó Breasail M; Rukuni R; Stranix-Chibanda L; Micklesfield L; Ferrand RA; Ward KA; Gregson CL
2020
LOWER SIZE-ADJUSTED BONE DENSITY AND MUSCLE FUNCTION IN ZIMBABWEAN CHILDREN WITH HIV [Virtual CROI 2020 Abstract 820]
Rukuni R; Gregson C; Ward K; Crabtree N; Rehman AM; Ferrand RA
2020
Topics in Antiviral Medicine
The effect of community-based support for caregivers on the risk of virological failure in children and adolescents with HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe (ZENITH): an open-label, randomised controlled trial
Simms V; Dauya E; Bandason T; McHugh G; Mujuru H; Chonzi P; Busza J; Kranzer K; Munyati S; Weiss H
2020
Community burden of undiagnosed health infections among adolescents in Zimbabwe following primary healthcare-based provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling: a cross-sectional survey
Simms V; Dauya E; Dakshina S; Bandason T; McHugh G; Weiss H; Ferrand R
2020
Catch-up growth after ART initiation for late-diagnosed perinatally-infected children and adolescents
Simms V; McHugh G; Bandason T; Dauya E; Munyati S; Mujuru H; Weiss H; Ferrand R
2020
CD4 count recovery following initiation of HIV antiretroviral therapy in older childhood and adolescence in Zimbabwe
Simms V; Rylance S; Bandason T; Dauya E; McHugh G; Munyati S; Mujuru H; Rowland-Jones S; Weiss H; Ferrand R
2020
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