Professor Shunmay Yeung


Infectious Disease and Global Health

Room 303b

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 2079272657

I am the Head of the Clinical Research Department at LSHTM and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease at St Mary's Hospital, London. I undertook a PhD on malaria and antimalarial drug resistance in Southeast Asia, which involved epidemiological and economic modelling, and community based studies on the access toand quality of diagnosis and treatment for malaria. Since then, I have continued to lead implementation and health service research that bridge across disciplines in order to address clinical, operational and policy relevant questions related to malaria, infectious disease and child health. When reports of artemisinin resistance P. falciparum malaria first surfaced on the Cambodia-Thai border, I helped to lead the scientific and operational response, for a period working for the WHO Global Malaria Programme in Geneva.


 My research focus has expanded beyond malaria and I am particularly interested in diagnostics and their role in improving the diagnosis and management of acute infections in children.


I have worked in KwaZulu/Natal South Africa, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Cambodia. I was the co-lead for MARCH centre Child Health theme and am on the board of Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia where I chair the Medical Ethics, Education and Oversight Committee. I am on a number of other expert committees and advisory boards.


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)


I am a co-Module Organiser of Practical Skills for Clinical Research andwas the Module Organiser of Control of Communicable Disease (distance learning). I teach on the LSHTM DTM&H and the East African DTM&H and the Nagasaki-London DTM&H and on a number of MSc modules at LSHTM.  I have  given lectures in other Universities in the UK and abroad and contributed to a number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  

I particularly enjoy mentoring and superivising, including of doctors and medical students at St Mary's Hospital.


In addition to the research described above methodological development in surveys of antimalarial quality; and analysis of the content of the "drug cocktails" commonly used to treat fevers in SE Asia; mixed methods evaluations of Village Malaria Workers and of the private sector roll-out of subsidised malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Cambodia; mapping of artemisinin resistance and mobile and migrant populations in SE Asia; cost-effectiveness modelling of G6PD testing and 8-aminoquinlonoes for the radical cure of P. vivax; 

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical guidelines
Complex interventions
Decision analysis
Drug resistance
Economic evaluation
Health outcomes
Health services research
Health systems
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Disease control
Global Health
Mixed methods
Neonatal health
Implementation research
Private sector
Randomised controlled trials
Health economics
Operational research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Burkina Faso
United Kingdom
The Gambia
Hong Kong
Sierra Leone
South Africa
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
European Union
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Understanding antibiotic use for pig farming in Thailand: a qualitative study.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Liverani M; Mills A; Rushton J; Yeung S
Antimicrobial resistance and infection control
Variation in antibiotic prescription rates in febrile children presenting to emergency departments across Europe (MOFICHE): A multicentre observational study.
Hagedoorn NN; Borensztajn DM; Nijman R; Balode A; von Both U; Carrol ED; Eleftheriou I; Emonts M; van der Flier M; de Groot R
How antibiotics are used in pig farming: a mixed-methods study of pig farmers, feed mills and veterinarians in Thailand.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Mills A; Rushton J; Yeung S
BMJ global health
New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes in Children During COVID-19: Multicenter Regional Findings in the U.K.
Unsworth R; Wallace S; Oliver NS; Yeung S; Kshirsagar A; Naidu H; Kwong RMW; Kumar P; Logan KM
Diabetes care
Neuroimaging young children and associations with neurocognitive development in a South African birth cohort study.
Wedderburn CJ; Subramoney S; Yeung S; Fouche J-P; Joshi SH; Narr KL; Rehman AM; Roos A; Ipser J; Robertson FC
Biomarkers for the Discrimination of Acute Kawasaki Disease From Infections in Childhood.
Zandstra J; van de Geer A; Tanck MWT; van Stijn-Bringas Dimitriades D; Aarts CEM; Dietz SM; van Bruggen R; Schweintzger NA; Zenz W; Emonts M
Forest Goers and Multidrug-Resistant Malaria in Cambodia: An Ethnographic Study.
Bannister-Tyrrell M; Gryseels C; Sokha S; Dara L; Sereiboth N; James N; Thavrin B; Ly P; Soy Ty K; Peeters Grietens K
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Diversity in the emergency care for febrile children in Europe: a questionnaire study.
Borensztajn D; Yeung S; Hagedoorn NN; Balode A; von Both U; Carrol ED; Dewez JE; Eleftheriou I; Emonts M; van der Flier M
BMJ Paediatrics Open
The cost of diagnostic uncertainty: a prospective economic analysis of febrile children attending an NHS emergency department.
Leigh S; Grant A; Murray N; Faragher B; Desai H; Dolan S; Cabdi N; Murray JB; Rejaei Y; Stewart S
BMC Medicine
Patterns of antibiotic use in global pig production: A systematic review.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Yeung S
Veterinary and Animal Science
Rubber plantations and drug resistant malaria: a cross-sectional survey in Cambodia.
Thomson R; Sochea P; Sarath M; MacDonald A; Pratt A; Poyer S; Allen H; Kunthy S; Chamroeun S; Daro K
Malaria journal
Growth and Neurodevelopment of HIV-Exposed Uninfected Children: a Conceptual Framework.
Wedderburn CJ; Evans C; Yeung S; Gibb DM; Donald KA; Prendergast AJ
Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Neurodevelopment of HIV-exposed uninfected children in South Africa: outcomes from an observational birth cohort study.
Wedderburn CJ; Yeung S; Rehman AM; Stadler JAM; Nhapi RT; Barnett W; Myer L; Gibb DM; Zar HJ; Stein DJ
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Performance of Ultrasensitive Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Detecting Asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum.
Yeung S; McGregor D; James N; Kheang ST; Kim S; Khim N; Ly P; Sovannaroth S; Witkowski B
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Development of a Pediatric Ebola Predictive Score, Sierra Leone1.
Fitzgerald F; Wing K; Naveed A; Gbessay M; Ross JCG; Checchi F; Youkee D; Jalloh MB; Baion DE; Mustapha A
Emerging infectious diseases
The use of antimicrobials in global pig production: A systematic review of methods for quantification.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Yeung S
Preventive veterinary medicine
Malaria-Update on Antimalarial Resistance and Treatment Approaches.
Yeung S
The Pediatric infectious disease journal
The Impact of Introducing Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests on Fever Case Management: A Synthesis of Ten Studies from the ACT Consortium.
Bruxvoort KJ; Leurent B; Chandler CIR; Ansah EK; Baiden F; Björkman A; Burchett HED; Clarke SE; Cundill B; DiLiberto DD
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Treatment-Seeking Behavior after the Implementation of a Unified Policy of Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine for the Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria in Papua, Indonesia.
Devine A; Kenangalem E; Burdam FH; Anstey NM; Poespoprodjo JR; Price RN; Yeung S
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Using G6PD tests to enable the safe treatment of Plasmodium vivax infections with primaquine on the Thailand-Myanmar border: A cost-effectiveness analysis.
Devine A; Parmiter M; Chu CS; Bancone G; Nosten F; Price RN; Lubell Y; Yeung S
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Risk in the \"Red Zone\": Outcomes for Children Admitted to Ebola Holding Units in Sierra Leone Without Ebola Virus Disease.
Fitzgerald F; Wing K; Naveed A; Gbessay M; Ross JCG; Checchi F; Youkee D; Jalloh MB; Baion D; Mustapha A
Clinical infectious diseases
Impact of introduction of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria on antibiotic prescribing: analysis of observational and randomised studies in public and private healthcare settings.
Hopkins H; Bruxvoort KJ; Cairns ME; Chandler CIR; Leurent B; Ansah EK; Baiden F; Baltzell KA; Björkman A; Burchett HED
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Improving access to health care amongst vulnerable populations: a qualitative study of village malaria workers in Kampot, Cambodia.
Liverani M; Nguon C; Sok R; Kim D; Nou P; Nguon S; Yeung S
BMC health services research
Question 2: Are three malaria tests necessary in children returning from the tropics with fever?
Wilson IE; Shingadia D; Yeung S; Riordan A; Irwin AD
Archives of disease in childhood
Ebola Virus Disease in Children, Sierra Leone, 2014-2015.
Fitzgerald F; Naveed A; Wing K; Gbessay M; Ross JCG; Checchi F; Youkee D; Jalloh MB; Baion D; Mustapha A
Emerging infectious diseases
Quality of antimalarials at the epicenter of antimalarial drug resistance: results from an overt and mystery client survey in Cambodia.
Yeung S; Lawford HLS; Tabernero P; Nguon C; van Wyk A; Malik N; DeSousa M; Rada O; Boravann M; Dwivedi P
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Spread of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria.
Ashley EA; Dhorda M; Fairhurst RM; Amaratunga C; Lim P; Suon S; Sreng S; Anderson JM; Mao S; Sam B
The New England journal of medicine
Single dose primaquine for clearance of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in children with uncomplicated malaria in Uganda: a randomised, controlled, double-blind, dose-ranging trial.
Eziefula AC; Bousema T; Yeung S; Kamya M; Owaraganise A; Gabagaya G; Bradley J; Grignard L; Lanke KHW; Wanzira H
The Lancet infectious diseases
Artemisinin resistance: current status and scenarios for containment.
Dondorp AM; Yeung S; White L; Nguon C; Day NPJ; Socheat D; von Seidlein L
Nature reviews Microbiology
Artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria.
Dondorp AM; Nosten F; Yi P; Das D; Phyo AP; Tarning J; Lwin KM; Ariey F; Hanpithakpong W; Lee SJ
The New England journal of medicine
Vivax malaria: Neglected and not benign
Price RN; Tjitra E; Guerra CA; Yeung S; White NJ; Anstey NM
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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