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Dr Claire Thorne
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 2079052105
  • Reader in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Claire studied Human Sciences at St Catherine's College, Oxford University and then studied for a Masters in Health Promotion Sciences at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1992/3. She completed her PhD in epidemiology in 1998, having worked on the European Collaborative Study (ECS) on HIV-infected pregnant women and their children since 1994. Claire held a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship (2007-2012). She has carried out consultancies for UNICEF, UNAIDS and the UK National Screening Committee, and jointly co-ordinates the European Pregnancy and Paediatric HIV Cohort Collaboration (EPPICC), within the EU-funded EuroCoord network on enhancing clinical and epidemiological HIV research in Europe through cohort collaboration.

Research Summary

Claire's research is focused on infectious diseases epidemiology in relation to maternal and child health, with a particular emphasis on HIV and viral hepatitis. She leads several observational HIV cohort studies, including the European Collaborative Study on HIV-infected pregnant women and their children, which addresses mother-to-child transmission of HIV and vertically-acquired HIV infection and includes over 9000 mother-child pairs; the Ukrainian Cohort Study of HIV-infected childbearing women; the European Paediatric HIV and Lipodystrophy Study, which involves more than 500 HIV-infected children; and the Ukraine Paediatric HIV Cohort Study. Particular interests are the complex relationships between pregnancy, HIV disease progression and antiretroviral therapy, mother-to-child transmission of HIV and its prevention, adverse effects of antiretroviral drugs in pregnancy and childhood, HIV and viral hepatitis co-infection and the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Her current programme of work involves research in the UK, in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe. 

Teaching Summary

Claire teaches on the immunisation and infectious diseases module, MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health. She also teaches regularly on residential courses of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease / Paediatric European Network for the Treatment of AIDS (PENTA), Tr@inforPedHIV including recently in Rome, Italy and Lviv, Ukraine.

Academic Background
1997 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology and Public Health University of London
1993 MSc Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1992 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Human Sciences University of Oxford
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