Professor Laura Rodrigues
MD MSc PhD FFPHM
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Laura C Rodrigues is a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her academic responsibilities include initiating and executing research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, both in England and internationally, and development of teaching in epidemiological methods, with emphasis on infectious diseases. Laura was born and trained in Brazil, and has been in the LSHTM since 1981. Her main current research topic is Zika; she is a member of MERG - the Microcephaly Epidemic Research Group, and has funding from Wellcome Trust, MRC and is part of the EU consortium Zikaplan. she is a co-pi in the 100 million cohort abpnd of CIDACS-Fiocruz, a leading centre for big data electronic health records research. She leads the LSHTM intitative for collaborations with Latin America, co leads the Latina America Network (with Pablo Perel), is the LSHTM academic contact for Science without Borders and is a Science without Borders "Professor Visitante Especial" in Universidade Federal da Bahia, a member of theMedicine Galleries Advisory Board of the Science Museum, London and a fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
Laura was very involved in the development of the MSc. Epidemiology: Principles and Practice (distance based, computer assisted learning). She contributes actively to the teaching of epidemiology at the LSHTM and supervises PhD students.
Current research is methodlogical and substantive and includes SCAALA (Social Change and Asthma in Latin America); Zika (WT,MRC, EU) a cohort of HIV infected persons treated in a routine setting in Recife, Brazil, and in evaluation of social inequelities and impact of social protection interventions on tuberculosis, leprosy Zika and perinatal outcomes and the use of big data for evaluation, (WT, MRC, BMGF, ministry of health Brazil).