Maryam Shahmanesh

Maryam Shahmanesh

Dr Maryam Shahmanesh is a member of AHRI Faculty, a Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute for Global Health and an Honorary Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at the Mortimer Market Centre. After graduating in Medicine from Cambridge University, she went on to do specialist training in sexual health and HIV medicine. Her academic training, which has complemented her clinical training, includes a degree in Social and Political Science, a Masters in Epidemiology and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology.

She built on her early interest in global health research in northern Burma (as a project co-ordinator with Medicines sans Frontières) and El Salvador to secure a competitive Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship, followed by securing a prestigious Walport (NIHR) Clinical lectureship. These supported doctoral and postdoctoral work in India. She used this time to develop her expertise in the effect of structural factors on health in female sex workers, as well as developing novel interventions to engage marginalised key populations in healthcare. Her USAID funded evaluation of an integrated community based chronic disease model of care for HIV in India (ASHA) was cited as an example of best practice for Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV. In addition to her research, she is actively involved in postgraduate teaching, leading the UCL Masters in Population Health. She is also a clinician at one of the largest sexual health and HIV clinics in the UK.

Work at AHRI

One of Maryam’s key strengths is her ability to work in the interdisciplinary space between social science, clinical medicine and epidemiology. At AHRI she brings these skills and her experience to her programme of work to develop and evaluate complex sexual health and HIV prevention interventions for adolescents and young adults. She is the Principle Investigator (PI) for the South African component of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded impact evaluation of DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS free, Mentored and Safe) – a multi-layered HIV prevention intervention for adolescent girls and young women. She is co-PI on a Unitaid funded planned Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis demonstration project for 15-19 year olds in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN); and she is one of the research leads on HAYA, a ViiV funded adolescent research initiative based in KZN.

She is the PI on EPIC-HIV, a project to develop an application to support HIV testing.  This combined with the formative work on the i-Sense mAfrica project she leads, will support the development of a digital HIV diagnostics and clinical care platform to support linkage and retention in antiretroviral based HIV care and prevention remote from facilities. Other research planned includes a randomised controlled trial of HIV self-testing to improve linkage to HIV care and prevention in adolescents, and an evaluation of the edu-drama MTV-Shuga.  

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Selected Recent Publications

Aicken, C. R. H., Fuller, S. S., Sutcliffe, L. J., Estcourt, C. S., Gkatzidou, V., Oakeshott, P., Hone, K., Sadiq, S. T., Sonnenberg, P., & Shahmanesh, M. (2016). Young people’s perceptions of smartphone-enabled self-testing and online care for sexually transmitted infections: qualitative interview study. BMC Public Health. 16(1), 974. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3648-y.

Long, L., Abraham, C., Paquette, R., Shahmanesh, M., Llewellyn, C., Townsend, A., & Gilson, R. (2016). Brief interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections suitable for in-service use: A systematic review. Prev Med. 91, 364-382. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.06.038.

Shahmanesh, M., Schultze, A., Burns, F., Kirk, O., Lundgren, J., Mussini, C., Pedersen, C., De Wit, S., Kutsyna, G., Mocroft, A., & EuroCOORD, o. b. o. E. i. (2016). The cardiovascular risk management for people living with HIV in Europe: how well are we doing?. Aids. 30(16), 2505-2518. doi: 10.1097/qad.0000000000001207.

Blanchard AK, Mohan HL, Shahmanesh M, Prakash R, Isac S, Ramesh BM, Bhattacharjee P, Gurnani V, Moses S, Blanchard JF. (2013). Community mobilization, empowerment and HIV prevention among female sex workers in south India. BMC Public Health, 13:234.

Shahmanesh M, Wayal S, Andrews G, Patel V, Mabey D, Cowan FM, Hart G. (2009). HIV prevention while bulldozers roll: A study exploring the effect of the demolition of Goa’s red-light area on the HIV prevention amongst sex workers. Social Science and Medicine, 69(4):604-12.