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MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
90 High Holborn
Dr ASAD ZAIDI profile picture
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  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I trained in medicine at the Aga Khan University, in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a Fulbright scholar and in corporate management at the Institute of Business Management, Karachi. I am currently a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar at the Institute for Global Health and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. I have decade of experience of working in the development sector in a mix of strategy, operations management and technical roles. This has included developing and managing innovative, large-scale public health programs, notably establishing social-enterprises in Pakistan & the Philippines, implementing X-ray based mass-screening for TB and evaluating digital tools for disease surveillance. I have worked closely with a number of development agencies including the Global Fund, USAID, Stop TB Partnership and the World Diabetes Foundation.

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My academic interest is in applied global health research in particular, infectious diseases, with a focus on TB elimination in low-resource settings. I am interested in evaluating novel diagnostics, treatments and technologies that can support countries achieve rapid reductions in TB incidence and prevalence. My doctoral thesis aims to investigate the impact of AI-supported hotspot identification and decision-making on TB case-detection yields during community outreach through a pragmatic trial. This builds on our previous operational research that identified implementation bottlenecks during community screening, spatial heterogeneity in TB cases within urban centers and large field diagnostic validation studies on AI supported computer aided detection for TB. 

01-SEP-2022 Visiting Scholar   National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan
01-JUL-2018 – 30-APR-2021 Chief Operating Officer   Community Health Solutions, Pakistan
01-JUL-2016 – 30-JUN-2018 Chief Technical Officer   Community Health Solutions, Pakistan
01-SEP-2012 – 30-JUN-2016 Medical Epidemiologist / Program Manager   IRD Global, Pakistan
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