Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Public Health



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Helen Ward is a clinical academic and Professor of Public Health based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her main research is into the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and she was previously editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. She also works as a Consultant in Public Health at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

She is Director of the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), leading on patient and public involvement and engagement for the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and the College. PERC carries out social research on health and healthcare, with a focus on participatory methods.  

Helen is the UK-Ireland academic representative on the European Supervisory Board for EIT-Health a major partnership of 140 universities, public bodies and businesses promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in healthy living and active ageing across Europe.

As Director of Education for the School of Public Health, Helen leads the development and delivery of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education across the School. She is course director for the Imperial BSc in Global Health, and co-leads a module on anthropology in public health for masters' students.



Research Group

  • Prof Sophie Day (Visiting Professor of Anthropology)
  • Dr Bethan Davies (Senior Clinical Research Fellow)
  • Ms Jane Bruton (Clinical Research Manager)
  • Dr Tanvi Rai (Research Associate)
  • Ms Maria Piggin (Patient and Public Involvement Officer)
  • Dr Kathryn Jones (Research Associate)
  • Mr Will Kendall (Societal Engagement Officer)
  • Dr Philippa Moss (Research Associate)


  • Patient Experience Research Centre (Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Core Facility, 2012-2017, 2017-2022)
  • EIT-Health (EIT KIC funding awarded in Dec 2014 to a large consortium including Imperial College, 2015-2022)
  • Developing and applying theoretical frameworks in the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (Wellcome Trust 2009-2014)
  • Swab-yourself trial with economic monitoring and testing for infections collectively (SYSTEMATIC): A study comparing clinician-taken versus self-taken rectal and pharyngeal samples, and separate versus pooled specimens, from each individual ((NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme, PI Dr Janet Wilson, Leeds)
  • Brief intervention for excessive alcohol consumption among people attending sexual health clinics: randomised trial (SHEAR). (DH & NIHR Health Technology Assessment, PI Prof Mike Crawford).
  • The contribution of chlamydia trachomatis to adverse reproductive health and the implications control policy. Davies BW, Ward H. (Medical Research Council Fellowship award)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Pufall EL, Kall M, Shahmanesh M, et al., 2018, Sexualized drug use ("chemsex') and high-risk sexual behaviours in HIV-positive men who have sex with men, HIV Medicine, Vol:19, ISSN:1464-2662, Pages:261-270

Davies B, Turner KME, Benfield T, et al., 2018, Pelvic inflammatory disease risk following negative results from chlamydia nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) versus non-NAATs in Denmark: A retrospective cohort study, Plos Medicine, Vol:15, ISSN:1549-1676

Davies B, Turner KME, Frolund M, et al., 2016, Risk of reproductive complications following chlamydia testing: a population-based retrospective cohort study in Denmark, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol:16, ISSN:1473-3099, Pages:1057-1064

Roenn M, White PJ, Hughes G, et al., 2014, Developing a Conceptual Framework of Seroadaptive Behaviors in HIV-Diagnosed Men Who Have Sex With Men, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol:210, ISSN:0022-1899, Pages:S586-S593

Kim S-H, Gerver SM, Fidler S, et al., 2014, Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in adolescents living with HIV: systematic review and meta-analysis, AIDS, Vol:28, ISSN:0269-9370, Pages:1945-1956

Elmahdi R, Gerver SM, Guillen GG, et al., 2014, Low levels of HIV test coverage in clinical settings in the UK: a systematic review of adherence to 2008 guidelines, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol:90, ISSN:1368-4973, Pages:119-124

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