Dr Catherine Wedderburn
BA MBChB MSc DTM&H MRCPCH
Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow in Global Child Health
I am a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with an interest in Paediatrics, HIV and Neuroscience. I am conducting my PhD in South Africa examining the effects of HIV and antiretroviral therapy exposure in uninfected children born to HIV-infected mothers. My research aims to understand the impact of in utero and early life exposures on long-term health outcomes.
I have a Masters in Tropical Medicine and International Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from LSHTM and work in the UK and South Africa. Prior to my PhD I worked on a joint project with LSHTM and the WHO on the dual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis initiative and developed an online dashboard to monitor progress towards this goal. While at the International Diagnosics Centre, LSHTM, I was the co-ordinator of the Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV (EID) Consortium (http://eidconsortium.org) which brings together principal investigators and partners working in the field of early infant diagnosis and point-of-care. More recently I have also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Khayelitsha, Western Cape, South Africa in the field of maternal and paediatric HIV.
I am doing my PhD on the ‘Neurodevelopmental effects of HIV and ART exposure: a prospective neuroimaging study of uninfected children born to HIV-infected mothers’ in South Africa funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. My research involves magnetic resonance imaging of young children and measuring their clinical neurodevelopment with the aim to understand the effects of in utero exposure to HIV and antiretroviral treatment in order to improve global child health. I was awarded the Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship from the British Federation of Women Graduates for the research.