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Dr Tom Sumner

Assistant Professor

Room
104b

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7927 2957

I am an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the TB Centre at LSHTM. I am also a member of the TB modelling group.

Before joining the school I worked at the Institute for Animal Health developing spatial models of the spread and control of vector-borne livestock diseases such as bluetonge and African Horse Sickness. Prior to this I obtained a PhD in computational biology from UCL.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID)
TB Centre

Teaching

I teach on the LSHTM short course "Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling and Its Applications" and MSc module "Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases" and am co-organiser of the related Distance Learning module.

Research

My research focuses on the use of mathematical models to study tuberculosis (TB). My current work involves developing tools to support TB control policy and practice in South Africa and using models to estimate the potential impact of biomarkers to identify individuals at risk of developing TB. I also have an interest in using mathematical modelling to try to understand the impact of interventions against TB/HIV in particular the use of preventive therapy.

Research Area
Disease control
Modelling
Discipline
Epidemiology
Mathematics
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Tuberculosis
Country
South Africa
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Estimating the Impact of Tuberculosis Case Detection in Constrained Health Systems: An Example of Case-Finding in South Africa.
Sumner T; Bozzani F; Mudzengi D; Hippner P; Houben RM; Cardenas V; Vassall A; White RG
2019
American Journal of Epidemiology
Should NICE reconsider the 2016 UK guidelines on TB contact tracing? A cost-effectiveness analysis of contact investigations in London.
Cavany SM; Vynnycky E; Anderson CS; Maguire H; Sandmann F; Thomas HL; White RG; Sumner T
2018
Thorax
Quantifying the roles of host movement and vector dispersal in the transmission of vector-borne diseases of livestock.
Sumner T; Orton RJ; Green DM; Kao RR; Gubbins S
2017
PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
Feasibility of achieving the 2025 WHO global tuberculosis targets in South Africa, China, and India: a combined analysis of 11 mathematical models.
Houben RMGJ; Menzies NA; Sumner T; Huynh GH; Arinaminpathy N; Goldhaber-Fiebert JD; Lin H-H; Wu C-Y; Mandal S; Pandey S
2016
The Lancet Global health
Post-treatment effect of isoniazid preventive therapy on tuberculosis incidence in HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy.
Sumner T; Houben RMGJ; Rangaka MX; Maartens G; Boulle A; Wilkinson RJ; White RG
2016
AIDS (London, England)
Ability of preventive therapy to cure latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in HIV-infected individuals in high-burden settings.
Houben RMGJ; Sumner T; Grant AD; White RG
2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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