Imperial College London

DrMatthewCairns

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Lecturer
 
 
 
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Contact

 

m.cairns

 
 
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Location

 

Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

I am a statistical epidemiologist based in the Tropical Epidemiology Group at LSHTM, and am an honorary lecturer at DIDE.  I have collaborated with several members of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling on mathematical modelling studies over the past ten years. 

My research is focused on prevention of malaria in high risk groups (mainly children and pregnant women), primarily through drug-based approaches. An area of particular focus for several years has been seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), previously called intermittent preventive treatment in children (IPTc). This is an approach to prevent malaria in children in areas where transmission is highly seasonal, recommended by WHO in 2012: http://www.who.int/malaria/areas/preventive_therapies/children/en/index.html .  Our modelling work has focused on where this intervention should be deployed, how it could be optimised, how it could be adapted to areas with different malaria epidemiology (including areas with less seasonal transmission), and how expanding the age range given SMC might affect its impact on the malaria burden and on malaria transmission. 

I have also been involved for some years in research on malaria in pregnancy (MiP). Ongoing work on MiP includes estimating the impact of scale-up of the existing policy of intermittent preventive treatment, and exploring ways to maximise the impact of existing tools on the MiP burden.