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Dr Heather Bailey
Mortimer Market Centre
off Capper Street
Tel: +442031082057
  • Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I have a first degree in Pharmacy and completed my PhD at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health on the epidemiology of HIV among childbearing women in Europe, working on the European Collaborative Study and with a particular focus on the epidemic in Ukraine. My doctoral work identified groups of women living with HIV in Europe at heightened risk of vertical transmission and/or poor maternal outcomes. From 2013-19 I worked as a Research Associate at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health on research projects spanning HIV, viral hepatitis and zika in pregnancy and childhood, before joining UCL Institute for Global Health in 2019.

Research Summary

I am interested in the impact of infections on maternal and child health including vertical transmission and its prevention, and health and outcomes of children and young people living with congenitally-acquired infection. Recent work within the European Pregnancy and Paediatric HIV Cohort Collaboration (EPPICC) has focused on the safety of antiretroviral therapy among pregnant women living with HIV, and I recently led a study of young people living with HIV in Ukraine (2015-17) which explored the characteristics and health outcomes of 10-24 year olds living with perinatally acquired HIV (now entering adolescence and young adulthood in increasing numbers) alongside youth with HIV acquired sexually or via drug use. This work was conducted in partnership with the Ukraine Paediatric HIV Cohort Study and funded by the International AIDS Society’s CIPHER initiative.

As part of recent work funded by the NHS Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening Programme I coordinated an audit of the management of pregnant women with hepatitis B across England who began antenatal care in 2014 – results are informing optimisation of strategies to prevent vertically-acquired hepatitis B among babies born in the UK. As a member of the ZIKAction Horizon2020 consortium (2016-19) I contributed to the development and coordination of pregnancy and paediatric cohorts in Jamaica, Haiti and Ecuador. I am currently working as a member of the PENTA-coordinated REACH H2020 project (2019-2021) which seeks to answer research questions relating to HIV and TB and hepatitis C co-infection in pregnancy and childhood in the Russian Federation.

Teaching Summary

I was co-lead of the 'Epidemiology for Child Health' module of the MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health from 2016-18 and teach on the 'Immunisation and Communicable Diseases' module of this MSc.

In July 2018, I was part of faculty for a residential PENTA/UNICEF Tr@inforPedHIV course in Kyrgyzstan, lecturing on the epidemology of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and global epidemiology of hepatitis B and C.

In 2019 I joined the Institute for Global Health, where I am contributing to the development of a new MSc in Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology which will start in September 2019.

Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University College London
2007 M.Pharm Master of Pharmacy – Pharmacy University of Bath
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