Professor Suzanne Filteau


of International Nutrition

room 183

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

0207 958 8108

0207 958 8111


Suzanne Filteau trained first in chemistry and then, at the postgraduate level, in nutrition in Canada. She came to the UK in 1990 and worked for a number of years at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, before joining the LSHTM in January 2005.



Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health



Suzanne teaches on the MSc in Public Health Nutrition and is co-organiser of the first term module, Fundamental Public Health Nutrition. She also has a longstanding interest in PhD training and is currently one of the two Research Degrees Directors for EPH.



Suzanne's research focuses on interactions between nutrition and infectious diseases, mainly HIV, in low income countries. With Zambian colleagues, she has investigated the effects of maternal HIV infection on infant and young child feeding, growth and health; the focus of the work has been on the HIV-exposed but uninfected children. She has been principal investigator of two large randomised controlled trials related to HIV in Africa: a trial of multiple micronutrient fortification of complementary foods for HIV-exposed and unexposed Zambian children, the CIGNIS trial, and a trial of nutritional supplements to decrease the early mortality of HIV-infected Zambian and Tanzanian adults starting antiretroviral therapy (NUSTART). The NUSTART team is currently investigating the development of diabetes and other chronic diseases among the NUSTART patients after they have been on antiretroviral therapy for several years. Suzanne has also been involved in studies of vitamin D and child health in India: the DIVIDS trial of vitamin D supplementation for low birth weight infants. We are currently following up the DIVIDS children to investigate the development of chronic disease markers in these children who are at high risk because of being born low birth weight and now living in an urban low-middle income area.

Suzanne is a member of the MARCH centre.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Maternal health
Disease and Health Conditions
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Nutritional status is the major factor affecting grip strength of African HIV patients before and during antiretroviral treatment.
Filteau, S. ; PrayGod, G. ; Woodd, S.L. ; Friis, H. ; Heimburger, D.C. ; Koethe, J.R. ; Kelly, P. ; Kasonka, L. ; Rehman, A.M. ;
Trop Med Int Health
A longitudinal study of systemic inflammation and recovery of lean body mass among malnourished HIV-infected adults starting antiretroviral therapy in Tanzania and Zambia
Praygod, G.; Blevins, M.; Woodd, S.; Rehman, A.M.; Jeremiah, K.; Friis, H.; Kelly, P.; Changalucha, J.; Heimburger, D.C.; Filteau, S.; Koethe, J.R.
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Effects on anthropometry and appetite of vitamins and minerals given in lipid nutritional supplements for malnourished HIV-infected adults referred for antiretroviral therapy: results from the NUSTART randomised controlled trial.
Rehman, A.M.; Woodd, S.; PrayGod, G.; Chisenga, M.; Siame, J.; Koethe, J.R.; Heimburger, D.C.; Kelly, P.; Friis, H.; Filteau, S.;
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr
Effects on mortality of a nutritional intervention for malnourished HIV-infected adults referred for antiretroviral therapy: a randomised controlled trial.
NUSTART (Nutritional Support for Africans Starting Antiretroviral Therapy) Study Team, . ; Filteau, S. ; PrayGod, G. ; Kasonka, L. ; Woodd, S. ; Rehman, A.M. ; Chisenga, M. ; Siame, J. ; Koethe, J.R. ; Changalucha, J. ; Michael, D. ; Kidola, J. ; Manno, D. ; Larke, N. ; Yilma, D. ; Heimburger, D.C. ; Friis, H. ; Kelly, P. ;
Filteau, S. ; Andersen, A.B. ; Changalucha, J. ; Friis, H. ; Heimburger, D.C. ; Kasonka, L. ; Kelly, P. ; Koethe, J.R. ; Manno, D. ; Larke, N. ; Rehman, A.M. ; Woodd, S. ; Yilma, D. ; Thurnham, D. ; Tomkins, A. ; PrayGod, G. ; Chisenga, M. ; Siame, J. ; Kidola, J. ; Michael, D. ; Mussa, K. ; Masilingi, C. ; Fue, E. ; Masesa, E. ; Mpandachalo, N. ; Kanunga, A. ; Munalula, L. ; Kapinda, B. ; Sikanyika, N. ; Mngara, J. ; Ogweno, G. ; Ikigo, P. ; Muchimba, M. ; Samwinga, M. ; Beacroft, L. ; Black, H. ; Smith, C.G. ; Chisenga, C. ; Hebie, M. ; Munkombwe, D. ; Sampson, G. ; Fernandez, Y. ; Wandore, G. ; Jonas, A. ; Mabuda, H.B. ; Adugna, W. ; Makandilo, S. ; Mubita, M. ; Mulenga, J. ;
Growth and health outcomes at school age in HIV-exposed, uninfected Zambian children: follow-up of two cohorts studied in infancy.
Nicholson, L. ; Chisenga, M. ; Siame, J. ; Kasonka, L. ; Filteau, S. ;
BMC Pediatr
Effects of vitamin D supplementation in infancy on growth, bone parameters, body composition and gross motor development at age 3-6 years: follow-up of a randomized controlled trial.
Trilok-Kumar, G.; Kaur, M.; Rehman, A.M.; Arora, H.; Rajput, M.M.; Chugh, R.; Kurpad, A.; Sachdev, H.S.; Filteau, S.;
Int J Epidemiol
Micronutrient Fortification to Improve Growth and Health of Maternally HIV-Unexposed and Exposed Zambian Infants: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Filteau, S.; Kasonka, L.; Gibson, R.; Gompels, U.A.; Jaffar, S.; Kafwembe, E.; Monze, M.; Sinkala, M.; Tomkins, A.; Zulu, R.; Chisenga, M.; Siame, J.; Mabuda, H.B.; Baisley, K.; Dale, H.; Rehman, A.; Bates, M.; Mullen, A.; Bwalya, H.K.; Chileshe, M.; Kowa, P.K.; Kumwenda, M.; Likando, M.; Mambwe, S.; Muzyamba, M.; Mwale, A.; Nyaywa, L.; Kapambwe, M.; Bima, H.; Gosset, L.; Hackett, L.; Jackson, A.; Njunju, E.; Mwanza, S.; Shampwaya, N.; Kabanga, C.; Chobo, J.; Kapumba, W.; Musonda, C.; Soko, P.; ( Chilenje Infant Growth, Nutrition and Infection (CIGNIS) Study Team, .; )
PLoS One
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