Dr Annabelle Gourlay


Distance Learning Tutor
in Epidemiology

UCL Department of Infection and Population Health
Mortimer Market Centre
United Kingdom


My undergraduate and first Masters degree was in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, which I completed in 2002.  I subsequently worked for a healthcare market research agency monitoring antiretroviral treatment usage in the USA, Europe and Latin America.  In 2008 I spent several months working in the Gambia and Guinea Bissau with the Medical Research Council on an HIV cohort study of HIV-2 infected individuals.  I completed the MSc in Epidemiology at the LSHTM in 2010, and recently completed my PhD at the School.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health



During my PhD, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant the LSHTM and taught on several in-house Epidemiology Masters courses including Basic Epidemiology, Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health, and distance-learning courses in Statistics with Computing (EP102) and Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (EP301). 

I am continuing my teaching role at LSHTM as a distance learning tutor and co-organiser for the EPM301 course.




In 2014 I completed a PhD focussing on the uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in a rural area of north-western Tanzania (Kisesa, Mwanza) using a mixed-methods approach. I undertook a qualitative study on barriers to uptake of PMTCT services in the study area in 2012.  The quantitative component used clinical records from Kisesa health facilities linked to data from the Kisesa HIV Open Cohort study to ascertain population-level PMTCT service use among HIV-positive pregnant women living in Kisesa.  

I now carry out research at University College London on HIV in a European context, primarily focussed on monitoring of the continuum of HIV care across a number of European countries, in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). I also carry out quantitative and qualitative research in the UK, including exploration of the social context related to recently-acquired HIV infection among MSM.

Research Area
Sexual health
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted disease
United Kingdom
Gambia, The
Euro area
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Uptake of services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a community cohort in rural Tanzania from 2005 to 2012
Gourlay, A.; Wringe, A.; Todd, J.; Cawley, C.; Michael, D.; Machemba, R.; Clark, B.; Masesa, C.; Marston, M.; Urassa, M.; Zaba, B.
Bmc Health Services Research
Factors associated with uptake of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a community cohort in rural Tanzania.
Gourlay, A.; Wringe, A.; Todd, J.; Cawley, C.; Michael, D.; Machemba, R.; Reniers, G.; Urassa, M.; Zaba, B.;
Sex Transm Infect
Risk factors for service use and trends in coverage of different HIV testing and counselling models in northwest Tanzania between 2003 and 2010.
Cawley, C.; Wringe, A.; Todd, J.; Gourlay, A.; Clark, B.; Masesa, C.; Machemba, R.; Reniers, G.; Urassa, M.; Zaba, B.;
Trop Med Int Health
Clinical predictors cannot replace biological predictors in HIV-2 infection in a community setting in West Africa
Gourlay, A.J.; van Tienen, C.; Dave, S.S.; Vincent, T.; Rowland-Jones, S.L.; Glynn, J.R.; Whittle, H.C.; van der Loeff, M.F.S.
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
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