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Dr Claire Townsend
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 020 7905 2308
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Claire is a postdoctoral infectious disease epidemiologist with particular expertise in maternal and early childhood infections. She studied biology at Duke University in North Carolina (USA), and obtained an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She came to the UCL Institute of Child Health in 2003 to work on the National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood. In 2006 she obtained an MRC Special Training Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research, and subsequently completed her PhD in epidemiology. Her doctoral work focused on the risk mother-to-child transmission among HIV-infected women in the UK and Ireland. She also explored the association between use of antiretroviral therapy and pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm delivery and congenital abnormalities.

In recent years she has been coordinating a national UK-wide study of syphilis in pregnancy, and investigating childhood outcomes of congenital cytomegalovirus infection, funded by a Wellchild postdoctoral training fellowship. She is currently involved in developing a study on the role of infection and immune development in early life and its influence on long-term health outcomes. This study is set within Life Study, the new UK birth cohort, and is funded by the Wellcome Trust through a £1.1 million Strategic Award.

Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University College London
2003 MSc Master of Science – Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1999 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biology Duke University
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