Mr Keith Tomlin
of Population Studies
Keith studied at the University of East Anglia and King’s College London before starting his working life in 1990 as an administrator for the homelessness charity Crisis. He was the fourth member of staff to join, when the headquarters were a converted flat on London’s Whitechapel Road. In 1992, having lost a number of friends to AIDS, Keith became Information Manager at The Landmark, a charity dedicated to providing day-care, support and practical services to those living with HIV/AIDS in London. The early '90s was a heart-breaking period for anyone supporting those with HIV, but by 1997 the introduction of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapies (HAART) began to change the landscape of treatment and survival. Many charitable HIV/AIDS organisations restructured as the need for their services declined and as health authorities redirected funds toward new treatments. Keith took voluntary redundancy from The Landmark but wanted to pursue a career in health-related research and so joined the LSHTM as a Data Manager in 1997. He has subsequently taken the School’s MSc in Epidemiology, and has combined both disciplines across a number of large research programmes.
Studying the effects and treatment of HIV is still central to Keith’s working life. He now works exclusively for the ALPHA network (Analysis of Longitudinal HIV Data on Africa) which pools and analyses HIV-related data from six countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, where HIV prevalence is among the highest in the world. You can learn more about the ALPHA network at http://alpha.lshtm.ac.uk/. Keith has also recently collaborated with Project Sigma, assessing influences upon rates of HIV testing among men who have sex with men in the UK; and the Integra Initiative, evaluating the effect of integrating family planning and sexual health services in Kenya and Swaziland.
Keith fondly remembers his close friend the artist Nick Balaban, who died of AIDS related illnesses in 1994, and who is the reason for all of this.
Keith is co-organiser of the module "Demographic Data : sources, collection and evaluation", a compulsory component of the MSc in Demography and Health that is part of the School's Distance Learning programme. He also teaches on the "Basic Epidemiology" and "Epidemiology in Practice" modules which form part of the School's in-house teaching programme.