Dr Annabelle Gourlay
in Epidemiology and Impact Evaluation
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, then went on to conduct my PhD research through the School, being awarded my PhD in 2015. Following my PhD, I spent three years at University College London working as a Research Fellow, and now work in the Department of Population Health at LSHTM.
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 (STEPH), and distance-learning courses in Statistics with Computing (EP102) and Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (EP301).
I have been a module co-organiser for the EPM301 distance-learning course since 2013, having continued this role externally throughout my time at UCL; I continue with this role to-date. I also teach on STEPH and Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. I am currently completing PGCilt training in Higher Education.
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.
At University College London I carried out research 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 carried out mixed methods research in the UK, including qualitative exploration of the social context related to recently-acquired HIV infection among MSM, and managing the UK Register of HIV Seroconverters cohort study.
Since returning to the LSHTM, I have been working on the evaluation of DREAMS: a partnership to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.