Professor Suzanne Filteau
BSc MSc PhD
of International Nutrition
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.
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.