Lorna Gibson

BSc MPhil

Assistant Professor
of Epidemiology

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2110

Lorna Gibson joined the LSHTM in March 2003. She has had a varied background with a first degree in Biochemistry, practical experience in molecular parasitology (malaria & leishmania), trial design and management. She was based in the Philippines for two years working for the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and has also worked for shorter periods in South America and Africa. 

She has worked on a variety of short and long term projects at the School: the British Breast Cancer Study, the C8 Health Project in environmental epidemiology, a Cochrane review on Community-based Rehabilitation for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries, the HPV African Partnership (HARP), the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (NATSAL), a cohort of sex workers in Uganda (The Good Health for Women Project), and an online teaching resource entitled, "Epidemiology for Eye Health" for health workers in low income countries. Her main work is for the African Mental Health Research Initiative, a Wellcome-funded capacity building project involving Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


I am tutor for students from Public Health for Development (previously Public Health in Developing Countries).

I teach on the Basic Epidemiology course and Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (DANES).

I was involved in the development of an online teaching resource - 'Epidemiology for Eye Health' - for health workers in low income countries.

Previous teaching: Statistics for Epidemiology & Public Health (STEPH,2003-2008) and  co-organiser of projects for Distance Learning in Epidemiology (2007-2010), Reviewing the Literature.

Through the School's development programme, I have completed a University of London Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.


My main interests are in female sexual and reproductive health, and cancer.  I have been involved in several national studies on breast cancer, a national ovarian cancer register, a pilot dietary trial in adolescents, a study of Human Papilloma Virus prevalence in India, an HPV study in HIV positive women in Burkina Faso and South Africa, the third National Study of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle, interventions for depression in Zimbabwe, and a cohort of sex workers in Uganda. I am part time for the African Mental Health Research Initiative, and my role is delivering epidemiology and statistics courses for the PhD and post doc fellows recruited from Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.


Research Area
Systematic reviews
Disease and Health Conditions
Cervical cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Burkina Faso
South Africa

Selected Publications

Lifetime prevalence, associated factors, and circumstances of non-volitional sex in women and men in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).
MacDowall, W.; Gibson, L.; Tanton, C.; Mercer, C.H.; Lewis, R.; Clifton, S.; Field, N.; Datta, J.; Mitchell, K.R.; Sonnenberg, P.; Erens, B.; Copas, A.J.; Phelps, A.; Prah, P.; Johnson, A.M.; Wellings, K.
The prevalence of unplanned pregnancy and associated factors in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3)
Wellings, K.; Jones, K.; Mercer, C.H.; Tanton, C.; Clifton, S.; Datta, J.; Copas, A.J.; Erens, B.; Gibson, L.; MacDowall, W.; Sonnenberg, P.; Phelps, A.; Johnson, A.M.
Novel Breast Cancer Susceptibility Locus at 9q31.2: Results of a Genome-Wide Association Study.
Fletcher, O.; Johnson, N.; Orr, N.; Hosking, F.J.; Gibson, L.J.; Walker, K.; Zelenika, D.; Gut, I.; Heath, S.; Palles, C.; Coupland, B.; Broderick, P.; Schoemaker, M.; Jones, M.; Williamson, J.; Chilcott-Burns, S.; Tomczyk, K.; Simpson, G.; Jacobs, K.B.; Chanock, S.J.; Hunter, D.J.; Tomlinson, I.P.; Swerdlow, A.; Ashworth, A.; Ross, G.; dos Santos Silva, I.; Lathrop, M.; Houlston, R.S.; Peto, J.;
J Natl Cancer Inst
Risk factors for breast cancer among Filipino women in Manila.
Gibson, L.J.; Héry, C.; Mitton, N.; Gines-Bautista, A.; Parkin, D.M.; Ngelangel, C.; Pisani, P.;
Int J Cancer
Aromatase inhibitors for treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Gibson, L. ; Lawrence, D. ; Dawson, C. ; Bliss, J. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Lack of evidence on diets for obesity for children: a systematic review.
Gibson, L.J.; Peto, J.; Warren, J.M.; Dos Santos Silva, I;
Int J Epidemiol
Polymorphisms and circulating levels in the insulin-like growth factor system and risk of breast cancer: a systematic review.
Fletcher, O.; Gibson, L.; Johnson, N.; Altmann, D.R.; Holly, J.M.; Ashworth, A.; Peto, J.; Silva, I.d.o.s. .S.;
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
A randomized trial of exemestane after two to three years of tamoxifen therapy in postmenopausal women with primary breast cancer
Coombes, R.C. ; Hall, E. ; Gibson, L.J. ; Paridaens, R. ; Jassem, J. ; Delozier, T. ; Jones, S.E. ; Alvarez, I. ; Bertelli, G. ; Ortmann, O. ; Coates, A.S. ; Bajetta, E. ; Dodwell, D. ; Coleman, R.E. ; Fallowfield, L.J. ; Mickiewicz, E. ; Andersen, J. ; Lønning, P.E. ; Cocconi, G. ; Stewart, A. ; Stuart, N. ; Snowdon, C.F. ; Carpentieri, M. ; Massimini, G. ; Bliss, J.M. ; van de Velde, C. ; Intergroup Exemestane Study, . ;
New England Journal of Medicine
See all Lorna Gibson's Publications