Helen Kelly


Assistant Professor
HARP Study Coordinator

Room 303b

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2160

+44 (0) 20 7927 2739

Helen is the Study Coordinator for the HARP (HPV in Africa Research Partnership), which is a multicentre, multifunctional research project that aims to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of screening and treatment approaches for the prevention of cervical neoplasia in HIV positive women in Burkina Faso and South Africa ( Prior to this, she worked as Overseas Projects Scientific Coordinator at LSHTM coordinating a multi-partner research network in Asia, Africa and Latin America managing the technical aspects of a research programme on accessible, quality assured diagnostic tests for sexually transmitted infections, including rapid tests for syphilis and HIV. She studied Zoology at University College Dublin, specializing in Immunology. Prior to joining LSHTM in October 2009, she worked in the diagnostics industry as a research scientist developing immunodiagnostic assays for infectious diseases.



Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Helen assists in the organisation and teaching of the in-house module Control of Reproductive Tract Infections/Sexually Transmitted Infections and teaches on the module GCP, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs in Clinical Trials as part of the Distance Learning MSc in Clinical Trials.


Research Area
Clinical trials
Sexual health
Implementation research
Disease and Health Conditions
Cervical cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Sexually transmitted infection
Burkina Faso
South Africa
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Epidemiology of High-risk Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Lesions in African women living with HIV/AIDS: Effect of Anti-Retroviral Therapy.
Kelly, H.A. ; Sawadogo, B. ; Chikandiwa, A. ; Segondy, M. ; Gilham, C. ; Lompo, O. ; Omar, T. ; Didelot, M.N. ; Nagot, N. ; Meda, N. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Delany-Moretlwe, S. ; Mayaud, P. ; HARP Study Group, . ;
Detection of four human polyomaviruses (MCPyV, HPyV6, HPyV7 and TSPyV) in cervical specimens from HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women.
Kolia-Diafouka, P.; Foulongne, V.; Boulle, N.; Ngou, J.; Kelly, H.; Sawadogo, B.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Mayaud, P.; Segondy, M.; HARP Study Group, .; COLLABORATORS;Chikandiwa, A. ; Omar, T. ; Michelow, P. ; Goumbri-Lompo, O. ; Meda, N. ; Gilham, C. ; Weiss, H. ; Doutre, S. ; Costes, V. ; Didelot, M.N. ; Nagot, N. ;
Sex Transm Infect
Performance of careHPV for detecting high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia among women living with HIV-1 in Burkina Faso and South Africa: HARP study.
Segondy, M.; Kelly, H.; Magooa, M.P.; Djigma, F.; Ngou, J.; Gilham, C.; Omar, T.; Goumbri-Lompo, O.; Michelow, P.; Doutre, S.; Clavero, O.; Chikandiwa, A.; Sawadogo, B.; Didelot, M.N.; Costes, V.; Méda, N.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Mayaud, P.;
Br J Cancer
Comparison of Analytical and Clinical Performances of the Digene HC2 HPV DNA Assay and the INNO-LiPA HPV Genotyping Assay for Detecting High-Risk HPV Infection and Cervical Neoplasia Among HIV-Positive African Women.
Ngou, J. ; Gilham, C. ; Omar, T. ; Goumbri-Lompo, O. ; Doutre, S. ; Michelow, P. ; Kelly, H. ; Didelot, M.N. ; Chikandiwa, A. ; Sawadogo, B. ; Delany-Moretlwe, S. ; Meda, N. ; Costes, V. ; Mayaud, P. ; Segondy, M. ;
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr
The costs of accessible quality assured syphilis diagnostics: informing quality systems for rapid syphilis tests in a Tanzanian setting.
Sweeney, S.; Mosha, J.F.; Terris-Prestholt, F.; Sollis, K.A.; Kelly, H.; Changalucha, J.; Peeling, R.W.;
Health Policy Plan
Comparison of CareHPV and Hybrid Capture 2 Assays for Detection of High-Risk HPV DNA in Cervical Samples from HIV-1-Infected African Women.
Ngou, J.; Magooa, M.P.; Gilham, C.; Djigma, F.; Didelot, M.N.; Kelly, H.; Yonli, A.; Sawadogo, B.; Lewis, D.A.; Delany-Moretlwe, S.; Mayaud, P.; Segondy, M.; HARP Study Group, .;
J Clin Microbiol
Point-of-Care Tests to Strengthen Health Systems and Save Newborn Lives: The Case of Syphilis.
Mabey, D.C. ; Sollis, K.A. ; Kelly, H.A. ; Benzaken, A.S. ; Bitarakwate, E. ; Changalucha, J. ; Chen, X.S. ; Yin, Y.P. ; Garcia, P.J. ; Strasser, S. ; Chintu, N. ; Pang, T. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Sweeney, S. ; Peeling, R.W. ;
PLoS Med
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