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Dr Heather Bailey
Mortimer Market Centre
off Capper Street
Tel: +442031082057
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  • 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 vertically and 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. I 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 or recently acquired HIV, funded by the International AIDS Society’s CIPHER initiative.

As part of 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 in 2016-19 I contributed to the development and coordination of pregnancy and paediatric cohorts in Jamaica, Haiti and Ecuador. I am a member of the PENTA-coordinated REACH H2020 project which seeks to answer research questions relating to HIV and TB and hepatitis C co-infection in pregnancy and childhood in the Russian Federation.

I am currently undertaking a feasibility study to investigate approaches to understanding the consequences of congenital cytomegalovirus infection for child health, funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard scheme.

Teaching Summary

I am co-director of the MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the UCL Institute for Global Health and co-lead core modules: Fundamental Principles of Infection and Population Health, and Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. I contribute to teaching on other programmes including the MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health.

In July 2018 and July 2019, I joined faculty for a residentialPENTA/UNICEF Tr@inforPedHIVcourse in Kyrgyzstan and in Belarus, lecturing on the epidemology of HIV in Eastern Europe andCentral Asia, global elimination of vertical HIV transmission, and epidemiology of hepatitis B and C.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am interested in supervising student projects in infectious disease epidemiology, particularly in relation to maternal and child health.

Academic Background
2013   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2007   Master of Pharmacy University of Bath
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  
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