Dr Andrea Rehman

BSc(Hons) PhD CStat

Assistant Professor
in Medical Statistics


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2132

I have been working in the MRC International Statistics & Epidemiology Group within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM since July 2005.  I completed a PhD in statistics at the University of Strathclyde, UK and an undergraduate degree in statistics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


My research interests are in child and adolescent health and nutrition.

I am the statistician for the MBIRA prospective observational cohort study, which is investigating the effect of third generation cephalosporin resistance in Gram-negative bloodstream infections in African hospitals in 2021 using the GLASS methodology.

I work closely with colleagues at the National Institute of Medical Research in Mwanza, exploring interrelationships between diabetes, gut health and HIV in Tanzanian adults.

I was lead statistician for the BREATHE trial which presented primary results at CROI 2020. The trial was conducted in Zimbabwe and Malawi and investigated the use of azithromycin for the treatment of chronic lung disease in HIV-infected adolescents, funded by the Medical Research Council of Norway.

I currently have four Zimbabwean doctoral students seeking to determine how perinatal HIV infection affects bone health in adolescents and pre-menopausal women. I am not currently taking on new students. I have previously supported doctoral students who quantified maternal infections and compared cognition and the brain structure of children born uninfected to women living with HIV compared to children unexposed to HIV.

Some highlights of my career so far have been as lead statistician for the NUSTART (nutritional support for adults starting antiretroviral therapy) trial in Tanzania and Zambia which  investigated the effect of nutritional supplements for malnourished HIV patients on mortality. I was also lead statistician for the cluster randomised trial of intermittent preventive therapy for the control of malaria in Ugandan school children. I  supported the Bioko Island Malaria Control Initiative, investigated the effect of Vitamin D supplementation on the hospitalisation rates of infants up to six months of age in Delhi, I showed that TB cure rates could be improved in Senegal by decentralising care, and investigated the epidemiology of rotavirus in an urban slum in India.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Adolescent health
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Early structural brain development in infants exposed to HIV and antiretroviral therapy in utero in a South African birth cohort.
Wedderburn CJ; Groenewold NA; Roos A; Yeung S; Fouche J-P; Rehman AM; Gibb DM; Narr KL; Zar HJ; Stein DJ
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Effect of HIV infection on growth and bone density in peripubertal children in the era of antiretroviral therapy: a cross-sectional study in Zimbabwe.
Rukuni R; Rehman AM; Mukwasi-Kahari C; Madanhire T; Kowo-Nyakoko F; McHugh G; Filteau S; Chipanga J; Simms V; Mujuru H
The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health
Mortality attributable to third-generation cephalosporin resistance in Gram-negative bloodstream infections in African hospitals: a multi-site retrospective study.
Dramowski A; Ong'ayo G; Rehman AM; Whitelaw A; Labi A-K; Obeng-Nkrumah N; Ndir A; Magwenzi MT; Onyedibe K; Wolkewitz M
JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance
Effect of Once-Weekly Azithromycin vs Placebo in Children With HIV-Associated Chronic Lung Disease: The BREATHE Randomized Clinical Trial.
Ferrand RA; McHugh G; Rehman AM; Mujuru H; Simms V; Majonga ED; Nicol MP; Flaegstad T; Gutteberg TJ; Gonzalez-Martinez C
JAMA Netw Open
Prior undernutrition and insulin production several years later in Tanzanian adults.
Filteau S; PrayGod G; Rehman AM; Peck R; Jeremiah K; Krogh-Madsen R; Faurholt-Jepsen D
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
The impact of common mental disorders among caregivers living with HIV on child cognitive development in Zimbabwe.
Mebrahtu H; Sherr L; Simms V; Weiss HA; Chingono R; Rehman AM; Ndlovu P; Cowan FM
AIDS Care: psychological and socio-medical aspects of AIDS-HIV
Incidence of maternal peripartum infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Woodd SL; Montoya A; Barreix M; Pi L; Calvert C; Rehman AM; Chou D; Campbell OMR
PLOS Medicine
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