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Dr Emily Webb

MMath MSc PhD

Associate Professor
in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Room
Room G12

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)207 9272012

My background is in Mathematics and Medical Statistics. I joined the LSHTM in October 2008 after previously working in statistical genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Malaria Centre
Centre for Statistical Methodology
TB Centre

Teaching

I co-organise (with Rein Houben and Lois Kim) the distance-learning module EPM202 (Statistical Methods in Epidemiology). I also teach on the in-house courses Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME) and Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (ASME). I am a tutor for both the Epidemiology and Medical Statistics MSc courses.

Research

I am a member of the MRC International Statistics and Epidemiology Group (ISEG), and am co-theme leader (with Tansy Edwards) for ISEG's work on emerging and neglected diseases. My current research focuses on the design and analysis of intervention and observational studies in the fields of helminths, tuberculosis and child health, with a particular interest in cluster randomised trials.

I work with the Immunomodulation and Vaccines (I-VAC) Programme at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. I am the trial statistician on the Entebbe Mother and Baby Study (EMaBS). This trial, located in Entebbe, Uganda, investigates the impact of helminth infections and their treatment during pregnancy on birth outcomes, illness and allergy events during infancy, and on immunological responses to childhood vaccinations.  I am also the statistician for the Lake Victoria Island Intervention Study on Worms and Allergy-related diseases (LaVIISWA), a cluster randomised trial, taking place in the Koome islands, Uganda, investigating the effect of intensive anthelminthic treatment on allergy outcomes. I am a co-investigator on the POPVAC programme, which aims to understand population differences in vaccine response and to determine how vaccine effectiveness can be optimised for tropical low-income countries (LICs), based on trials in urban and rural populations in Uganda. I additionally provide statistical supervision and capacity building to other members of the I-VAC team.

I am co-PI and trial statistician on the HomeACF Study, a household cluster randomised trial of active case finding for HIV and TB, preventive treatment against TB, and ART initiation to prevent TB disease and transmission, in South Africa. I am also the trial statistician for the ABAaNA early intervention trial, which investigates the feasibility and effectiveness of early intervention for young infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental delay and disability in Uganda.

I currently have doctoral students working on alcohol misuse and illicit drug use in fishing communities in Uganda, the impact of helminths on metabolic outcomes in rural and urban communities in Uganda, statistical modeling approaches for longitudinal multiple outcome data from immuno-epidemiological studies, and inflammation and the vaginal microbiota in Zambian women with female genital schistosomiasis.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Helminths
Infectious disease policy
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Genetic epidemiology
Epidemiology
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Malaria
Tuberculosis
Allergy
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Schistosomiasis
Country
The Gambia
Malawi
Uganda
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Epidemiology of Alcohol Misuse and Illicit Drug Use Among Young People Aged 15-24 Years in Fishing Communities in Uganda.
Kuteesa MO; Weiss HA; Cook S; Seeley J; Ssentongo JN; Kizindo R; Ngonzi P; Sewankambo M; Webb EL
2020
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Maternal Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Does Not Affect the Infant Immune Response Following BCG at Birth: An Observational Longitudinal Study in Uganda.
Lubyayi L; Mawa PA; Nabakooza G; Nakibuule M; Tushabe JV; Serubanja J; Aibo D; Akurut H; Tumusiime J; Hasso-Agopsowicz M
2020
Frontiers in immunology
Vitamin D Status Is Not Associated with Cognitive or Motor Function in Pre-School Ugandan Children.
Mutua AM; Nampijja M; Elliott AM; Pettifor JM; Williams TN; Abubakar A; Webb EL; Atkinson SH
2020
Nutrients
Cross-reactive carbohydrate determinant-specific IgE obscures true atopy and exhibits ⍺-1,3-fucose epitope-specific inverse associations with asthma.
Nkurunungi G; Mpairwe H; Versteeg SA; van Diepen A; Nassuuna J; Kabagenyi J; Nambuya I; Sanya RE; Nampijja M; Serna S
2020
Allergy
Genital self-sampling compared with cervicovaginal lavage for the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis in Zambian women: The BILHIV study.
Sturt AS; Webb EL; Phiri CR; Mweene T; Chola N; van Dam GJ; Corstjens PLAM; Wessels E; Stothard JR; Hayes R
2020
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Does Intensive Treatment Select for Praziquantel Resistance in High-Transmission Settings? Parasitological Trends and Treatment Efficacy Within a Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Tushabe JV; Lubyayi L; Sserubanja J; Kabuubi P; Abayo E; Kiwanuka S; Nassuuna J; Kaweesa J; Corstjens P; van Dam G
2020
Open forum infectious diseases
Randomised controlled pilot feasibility trial of an early intervention programme for young infants with neurodevelopmental impairment in Uganda: a study protocol.
Nampijja M; Webb E; Nanyunja C; Sadoo S; Nalugya R; Nyonyintono J; Muhumuza A; Ssekidde M; Katumba K; Magnusson B
2019
BMJ open
Do helminth infections underpin urban-rural differences in risk factors for allergy-related outcomes?
Nkurunungi G; Lubyayi L; Versteeg SA; Sanya RE; Nassuuna J; Kabagenyi J; Kabuubi PN; Tumusiime J; Zziwa C; Kizindo R
2019
Clinical and experimental allergy
The Effect of Helminth Infections and Their Treatment on Metabolic Outcomes: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Sanya RE; Webb EL; Zziwa C; Kizindo R; Sewankambo M; Tumusiime J; Nakazibwe E; Oduru G; Niwagaba E; Nakawungu PK
2019
Clinical infectious diseases
Is birth weight associated with blood pressure among African children and adolescents? A systematic review.
Lule SA; Elliott AM; Smeeth L; Webb EL
2018
Journal of developmental origins of health and disease
Are birthweight and postnatal weight gain in childhood associated with blood pressure in early adolescence? Results from a Ugandan birth cohort.
Lule SA; Namara B; Akurut H; Muhangi L; Lubyayi L; Nampijja M; Akello F; Tumusiime J; Aujo JC; Oduru G
2018
International journal of epidemiology
Design and protocol for a pragmatic randomised study to optimise screening, prevention and care for tuberculosis and HIV in Malawi (PROSPECT Study)
MacPherson P; Webb E; Lalloo D; Nliwasa M; Maheswaran H; Joekes E; Phiri D; Squire B; Pai M; Corbett E
2018
Early Childhood Outcomes After Neonatal Encephalopathy in Uganda: A Cohort Study.
Tann CJ; Webb EL; Lassman R; Ssekyewa J; Sewegaba M; Musoke M; Burgoine K; Hagmann C; Deane-Bowers E; Norman K
2018
EClinicalMedicine
Life-course of atopy and allergy-related disease events in tropical sub-Saharan Africa: A birth cohort study.
Lule SA; Mpairwe H; Nampijja M; Akello F; Kabagenyi J; Namara B; Nkurunungi G; Kizito D; Kahwa J; Muhangi L
2017
Pediatric allergy and immunology
Initial Accuracy of HIV Rapid Test Kits Stored in Suboptimal Conditions and Validity of Delayed Reading of Oral Fluid Tests.
Choko AT; Taegtmeyer M; MacPherson P; Cocker D; Khundi M; Thindwa D; Sambakunsi RS; Kumwenda MK; Chiumya K; Malema O
2016
PloS one
The Impact of an Intervention to Improve Malaria Care in Public Health Centers on Health Indicators of Children in Tororo, Uganda (PRIME): A Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Staedke SG; Maiteki-Sebuguzi C; DiLiberto DD; Webb EL; Mugenyi L; Mbabazi E; Gonahasa S; Kigozi SP; Willey BA; Dorsey G
2016
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Helminths are positively associated with atopy and wheeze in Ugandan fishing communities: results from a cross-sectional survey.
Webb EL; Nampijja M; Kaweesa J; Kizindo R; Namutebi M; Nakazibwe E; Oduru G; Kabubi P; Kabagenyi J; Nkurunungi G
2016
Allergy
Uptake, Accuracy, Safety, and Linkage into Care over Two Years of Promoting Annual Self-Testing for HIV in Blantyre, Malawi: A Community-Based Prospective Study.
Choko AT; MacPherson P; Webb EL; Willey BA; Feasy H; Sambakunsi R; Mdolo A; Makombe SD; Desmond N; Hayes R
2015
PLoS medicine
Effect of optional home initiation of HIV care following HIV self-testing on antiretroviral therapy initiation among adults in Malawi: a randomized clinical trial.
MacPherson P; Lalloo DG; Webb EL; Maheswaran H; Choko AT; Makombe SD; Butterworth AE; van Oosterhout JJ; Desmond N; Thindwa D
2014
JAMA
The effect of anthelmintic treatment during pregnancy on HIV plasma viral load: results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in Uganda.
Webb EL; Kyosiimire-Lugemwa J; Kizito D; Nkurunziza P; Lule S; Muhangi L; Muwanga M; Kaleebu P; Elliott AM
2012
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
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