I am a physician and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. I also hold affiliations with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK. I completed medical training in Liverpool and have since worked clinically in the UK, sub-saharan Africa, Latin America, and muddy fields at Glastonbury and Reading Festivals.
From February 2012-2015, I undertook a PhD entitled Preventing tuberculosis in high risk people with the Innovation For Health And Development team led by Dr Carlton Evans of Imperial College London, which works with 32 impoverished shantytown communities in north Lima, Peru, to improve TB prevention and control. During my time in Peru, I evaluated the economic effects of accessing "free" TB care, was part of the WHO task force on catastrophic costs of TB treatment, and led the preliminary phase of a randomised controlled evaluation of a socioeconomic intervention to prevent and cure TB. Our research was published in journals including PLOS Medicine and the Lancet and showed that socioeconomic support including conditional cash transfers improved rates of TB preventive therapy uptake and increased TB treatment success. We are continuing to evaluate the impact of the conditional cash transfers on TB control in the Community Randomised Evaluation of a Socioeconomic Intervention to Prevent Tuberculosis (CRESIPT) study. Our methodology and catastrophic costs' threshold have influenced global WHO policy and we continue to work with WHO in rolling these methods out at country level.
I am looking forward to taking this research forward to evaluate the costs of accessing TB care of, and best methods of delivering socioeconomic support to, TB-affected households in diverse low-resource settings. I hope to do this through my ongoing work with the World Health Organisation, SPARKS network (a collaboration with Karolinska Institute, the World Health Organisation, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), the Innovation For Health and Development research team in Peru, the IMPACT TB team (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Karolinska Institute), and a clinician scientist fellowship award over the coming years.
1) Winner of Academy of Medical Sciences Young Investigator Award, February 2017
2) Delivered “Linacre Lecture” at Advanced Medicine Conference, Royal College of Physicians, 2016
3) US-CDC “Late Breaker” presentation, Union World Lung Health Conference, Cape Town 2015
4) Free Scientific Paper Presentation Prize, British Infection Association, May 2015
5) Innovations for Health and Development Research Fellow Prize, 2012
6) Royal College of Physician’s Prize & Bursary for European School of Internal Medicine 2010
7) HIV Trainees Club Clinical Case Presentation Prize, 2010