Dr Toyin Togun


Associate Professor
and Co-Director LSHTM TB Centre

367 (3rd floor)

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2380

Toyin Togun is an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK, and a clinician-scientist in the Vaccines & Immunity Theme at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit The Gambia at the LSHTM (MRCG at LSHTM). He is also the Co-Director of the LSHTM Tuberculosis (TB) Centre - a global collaborative network of TB researchers harnessing diverse disciplinary expertise to end TB worldwide.

His area of interest is in global health and implementation research that is centred on the discovery and practical applications of new tools and strategies to improve the diagnosis and management of TB in high burden settings, with particular interest in childhood TB. 

Toyin had his medical training at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and completed a Masters’ degree in Public Health in Developing Countries at the LSHTM as a Joint Japan/World Bank graduate scholar. His MRC clinical PhD training fellowship was an immuno-epidemiological project in childhood TB that centred on the interface between clinical assessment, diagnostic algorithms and discovery of diagnostic biomarkers. He completed a Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His postdoctoral research was centred on the validation of promising biomarkers in diverse settings, and on implementation research focusing on the practical considerations necessary for successful translation of research insights from discovery to practice and policy in the field.

He is currently a member of the College of Experts for the Africa Research Excellence Fund, and an Academic Editor of the PLOS Global Public Health journal. Toyin is also a member of the Child and Adolescent TB Working Group of the World Health Organization (WHO).


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
MRC - Gambia


TB Centre
Vaccine Centre


Toyin Togun is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). His teaching and learning support activities include:


Toyin led a UKRI/GCRF-funded project that has established a platform for clinical, epidemiological and applied health research on post-TB lung health in children in West Africa. This collaborative project has underpinning support by key international research and advocacy networks, including the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), West and Central African Regional Network for TB control (WARN/CARN-TB), International Union Against TB & Lung Disease (IUATLD), West African Paediatric TB Network (WApTBNet), and TB Proof – a global advocacy community of TB survivors.

He is also leading the childhood TB Work Package of the EDCTP-funded West African Network of Excellence for TB, AIDS and Malaria (WANETAM) consortium comprising 25 research and academic institutions in 12 West African countries. The childhood TB Work Package of the WANETAM consortium aims to improve the diagnosis and management of TB in children through the conduct of relevant multicountry and interdisciplinary research studies of drug sensitive- and drug-resistant-TB within national health systems in West Africa.

In addition, he is a co-Investigator on a NIH-funded Paediatric TB Biomarker study that aims to validate multiple promising biomarkers of paediatric TB in multicountry cohorts in sub-Sahara Africa.

Current trainee(s): 

1. Dr. Fabian Edem (MRC Unit The Gambia & University of Ibadan, Nigeria) - WANETAM Postdoctoral Fellow in Childhood TB

2. Dr Esin Nkereuwem (MRC Unit The Gambia & Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, LSHTM) - PhD student

3. Dr Sheila Agyeiwaa Owusu (MRC Unit The Gambia & Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, LSHTM) - PhD student

Past trainee(s):

1. Dr. Awa Ba Diallo (Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal & MRC Unit The Gambia) - Postdoctoral Fellow.

Research Area
Child health
Global Health
Implementation research
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Making a case for investing in post-tuberculosis lung health in children.
Nkereuwem E; Togun T; Kampmann B
The Lancet. Respiratory medicine
The need to prioritise childhood tuberculosis case detection.
Nkereuwem E; Kampmann B; Togun T
Exploring the perspectives of members of international tuberculosis control and research networks on the impact of COVID-19 on tuberculosis services: a cross sectional survey.
Nkereuwem O; Nkereuwem E; Fiogbe A; Usoroh EE; Sillah AK; Owolabi O; Tebruegge M; Badjan A; Kampmann B; Togun T
BMC health services research
Performance of metabonomic serum analysis for diagnostics in paediatric tuberculosis.
Andreas NJ; Basu Roy R; Gomez-Romero M; Horneffer-van der Sluis V; Lewis MR; Camuzeaux SSM; Jiménez B; Posma JM; Tientcheu L; Egere U
Scientific reports
Comparing accuracy of lipoarabinomannan urine tests for diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in children from four African countries: a cross-sectional study.
Nkereuwem E; Togun T; Gomez MP; Székely R; Macé A; Jobe D; Schumacher SG; Kampmann B; Denkinger CM; Reach4KidsAfrica (R4KA) Consortium
The Lancet infectious diseases
COVID-19 in Nigeria: Implications for Management of Related Co-morbidities, Prevalent Public Health Challenges, and Future Epidemic Preparedness
Ola BA; Nkereuwem E; Oriero E; Okomo U; Afolabi M; Togun T
Proceedings of the Nigerian Academy of Science
Delay in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in The Gambia, West Africa: A cross-sectional study.
Owolabi OA; Jallow AO; Jallow M; Sowe G; Jallow R; Genekah MD; Donkor S; Wurrie A; Kampmann B; Sutherland J
International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases
A three-marker protein biosignature distinguishes tuberculosis from other respiratory diseases in Gambian children.
Togun T; Hoggart CJ; Agbla SC; Gomez MP; Egere U; Sillah AK; Saidy B; Mendy F; Pai M; Kampmann B
Anticipating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on TB patients and TB control programmes.
Togun T; Kampmann B; Stoker NG; Lipman M
Annals of clinical microbiology and antimicrobials
Biomarkers for diagnosis of childhood tuberculosis: A systematic review.
Togun TO; MacLean E; Kampmann B; Pai M
PloS one
Identifying children with tuberculosis among household contacts in The Gambia.
Egere U; Togun T; Sillah A; Mendy F; Otu J; Hoelscher M; Heinrich N; Hill PC; Kampmann B
The uncertain science of predicting tuberculosis.
Togun T; Pai M
Lancet. Respiratory Medicine
No added value of interferon-γ release to a prediction model for childhood tuberculosis.
Togun TO; Egere U; Gomez MP; Sillah AK; Daramy M; Tientcheu LD; S Sutherland J; Hill PC; Kampmann B
The European respiratory journal
Contribution of Xpert® MTB/RIF to the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis among TB-exposed children in The Gambia.
Togun TO; Egere U; Sillah AK; Ayorinde A; Mendy F; Tientcheu L; Otu J; Antonio M; Sutherland J; Hill PC
The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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