Dr Seyi Soremekun
BSc MSc PhD
I joined the London School in 2008 as a post-doctoral research associate following a PhD at Warwick University in the immuno-epidemiology of visceral leishmaniasis. Prior to this I was the LSHTM Patrick Buxton medal awardee for my MSc in Medical Parasitology. I currently hold an Assistant Professorship in Epidemiology based in the Maternal and Child Health Intervention Research Group. My research interests are broadly aimed at designing and evaluating low-cost interventions and programmes (mainly community-based) to reduce the burden of disease and improve development in children in low-income settings. In addition to this, I contribute to the epidemiology and infectious disease teaching programmes at the London School.
I am the module organiser for the module Study Design: Writing a Grant Proposal (MSc Epidemiology DL)
I also teach on the following MSc modules and short courses:
Designs and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (Faculty EPH)
Basic Epidemiology (Faculty EPH)
Introduction to Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (Summer short course)
I have supervised several student projects on topics including HIV treatment failure in children in Africa, effects of antimalarial treatment in children already on malaria drug prophylaxis, risk factors for incorrect treatment for diarrhoea, and the impact of the demographic and health behaviours of male heads of households on the family uptake of health insurance. I'm always interested in collaborating with students on their projects so if you have an idea for a study do get in touch with me.
RECENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
NEWHINTS STUDY: The WHO/DFID/SNL-funded ‘Newhints’ randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of routine home visits by community health volunteers during pregnancy and after delivery on neonatal mortality in rural Ghana. We are also interested in the effect of the health volunteer scheme on the level and type of infant care (immediately post birth and in the first year of life) provided by mothers.
INSCALE PROJECT: This is a collaboration with the Malaria Consortium (malariaconsortium.org) and the Institute of Global Health at UCL on the Inscale project, which builds on the WHO/UNICEF-endorsed Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood diseases (iCCM) strategy. Inscale is a Gates Foundation-funded project which is trialling two novel and innovative community and mHealth-based programmes to improve Community Health Worker motivation, retention and performance in two sites in rural east Africa (Uganda and Mozambique).
AMANHI VPM PROJECT: A WHO-coordinated, Gates Foundation-funded multi-country project (AMANHI) to evaluate the distribution of causes of death of babies and women of reproductive age. We use verbal post mortem data (VPM) collected during large-scale conducted as part of newborn health studies in low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia. By harmonising data from multiple sites, the Amanhi VPM study will produce one of the largest datasets of newborn and maternal health indicators to help us better understand the epidemiology of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.
SPRING PROJECT: I am responsible for the satistical evaluation of this two-site child development programme in India and Pakistan. The SPRING programe aims to improve cognitive and growth outcomes in infants (at 18 months of age) using a community-based agents to support mothers and families in improved nutrition and increased interaction with children in the first 2 years of life.
I also really enjoy being involved other activities at the LSHTM or pertinent to the wider scientific community. I was Managing Editor of the journal Emerging Themes in Epidemiology (ETE) for 5 years, and am alumni of the Royal Society MP-Pairing Scheme. As part of the contribution of the LSHTM, I developed and directed a successful exhibition on "Ancient Cures" for the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival, and co-developed and produced the short film "What makes a Woman in Science?" shown as part of the LSHTM's Women in Science exhibition (2015). I am committed to promoting the work of scientists to the public and particularly to encouraging young students to become more involved if they show interest: I work with schools in West London as a STEM Ambassador, and co-organise the LSHTM's award winning Young Scientists programme. I am currently coordinating a commission of articles for the ETE journal on operationalising complex evaluations of public health interventions in low income settings, to be published in the summer/autumn of 2018.