Professor Frank Tanser
Director of the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
Global Professor of Rural Health
Tel: 01522 83 5012
Frank is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research has focused on the epidemiology of important public health problems in rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa. Much of his research aims to evaluate and design intervention strategies to drive back the HIV epidemic and its negative consequences in rural communities hardest hit by the epidemic. His pivotal work over the past 20 years in a rural community decimated by HIV has provided substantial insights into the evolving and dynamic nature of the HIV epidemic and its key drivers, informing HIV prevention and treatment efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. His research into the population-level impacts of the antiretroviral therapy (ART) roll-out has led to wide-reaching and rapid changes to government policy on how ART programmes in Africa are designed and implemented. In particular, a seminal study he published in the journal Science was the first to show that nurse-led and decentralised HIV programmes in rural areas could be successful in reducing HIV transmission at the population-level. Frank was recently honoured by South African Medical Research Council with the Gold Medal Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of the excellence of his research. The award recognises "outstanding scientists who have undertaken seminal research that has impacted on the health of populations in developing countries." In 2019, The Royal Geographical Society awarded him the Back Medal for “conducting applied research that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of national or international public policy”.
Professor Mark Gussy
Global Professor of Rural Health and Care
Tel: 01522 88 6790
Mark's research and professional activity is about making significant contributions to the evidence base for oral health and its interface with general health and wellbeing with particular emphasis on vulnerable and marginalised people. Professor Gussy has experience and academic success that transcends professional boundaries and is now firmly located in transdisciplinary action and rural and community-centred health. Mark has strength in research methods, including trials, longitudinal cohort and prospective repeated cross-sectional design, together with a clinical interest in clinical disease and its multiple determinants, leading his research work towards complex community intervention trials and birth cohort studies. Mark has a particular interest and experience of systems of care/treatment services and the people and groups that sit outside the mainstream service and social systems and the health and social inequity that arises from this. Expert in oral health and its use as a vehicle for exploring broader social and structural determinants of participation and also challenging entrenched, exclusionary systems that disadvantage the most vulnerable. His work is multidisciplinary and straddles multiple domains including clinical care, health service research, community and participatory research, and equity and inclusion. Mark’s work has directly influenced health service delivery, public health policy and regulations and education in Australia and internationally.
Dr Priya Lall
Senior Research Fellow
Tel: 01522 88 6224
As someone who has been trained both in the social sciences and epidemiology, my mission is to use my broad research skills to examine social structural determinants influencing health inequalities in order to develop the performance of health and social interventions addressing the needs of vulnerable populations globally. I have applied an evidenced-based medicine approach to the assessment of water and sanitation programmes in Cambodia, transmission and treatment of HIV in India and HIV prevention interventions in Malaysia. During these projects, I collaborated with experts based at internationally renowned institutions, such as Yale University (USA) and Columbia University (USA). Through these endeavours, I have published peer-reviewed articles and reports on the topics of water and sanitation and HIV.
I have, since, applied my research skills projects addressing the needs of ageing populations internationally. I led the qualitative component of a large scale mixed-methods evaluation of the performance of a national palliative care programme across seven acute care settings. I am assisting LIIRH in developing a research portfolio focusing on chronic disease, which is very much related to ageing, as well as working on qualitative and quantitative projects addressing needs of vulnerable populations.
Dr Ffion Curtis
Tel: 01522 83 5732
My work predominately focuses on lifestyle and behavioural interventions in the prevention and management of chronic conditions. I was previously part of a trial exploring a peer-led diabetes self-management program, which has since been rolled out across rural areas of Wales. I am also interested in technology as a tool to support healthier lifestyles in various different ways, such as diabetes self-management, cognitive training and lifestyle/physical activity interventions. I co-deliver the LIIRH Systematic Review Training Program, and have expertise in the synthesis of both quantitative and qualitative evidence. This training program provides a research framework to work collaboratively with stakeholders in generating evidence to underpin the development of interventions in a rural health setting. By working with local stakeholders, I will, as part of the LIIRH interdisciplinary team continue to focus on research priorities that are important to the health of our Lincolnshire community, and other rural populations also.
Dr Maxime Inghels
Tel: 01522 88 6208
Dr Maxime Inghels is a health demographer whose aim to use mixed methods research in order to improve the lives of neglected population in the global South and North. His main areas of research focus on access to sexual and reproductive health. He spent the last six years working on access to HIV testing in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in interventions aimed at reaching populations that remain outside health systems or are poorly addressed in public health policies. Beside his academic activities, he is actively involved in several community NGOs. During five years, he was a volunteer in a French NGO where he offered community-based HIV testing to highly HIV-exposed sub-populations in France. he also carry out several expertise missions for several international NGO in order to improve the impact of their interventions in the field.
Within the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health, his main research has focused on interventions that could contribute to early detection of infectious disease in rural or deprived areas. One of these interventions, the HITS clinical trial, is testing how a micro-financial incentive can increase HIV-testing cover in a high HIV-prevalence rural area in South Africa. Another one, is studying the use of uncrewed drones to reduce the time to access HIV-diagnosis and treatment among HIV-exposed children in Conakry, Guinea.
Dr. Nanyonjo is a Postdoc Research Fellow working with Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH). Agnes holds a PHD in Medical Sciences from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, a Master of Medical Science Public Health for Umeå University, Sweden and a Bachelor of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Makerere University Uganda. Agnes’ career has spanned across, HIV/AIDS research, sexual and reproductive health, implementation science, integrated community case management, ageing and development and child and youth rights. Agnes has special interest in health systems strengthening, social justice, knowledge translation and evidence-based programming.
Dr. Luchuo Bain
Luchuo is a public health physician, bioethicist, and researcher in innovation in global health. He earned an MD degree in general medicine from the Faculty of medicine and biomedical sciences of the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon (2009), a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2013), a Master of Bioethics (Clinical and Research Ethics) from KU Leuven in Belgium (2015), and an executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA, strategic human resources management) from the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja in Spain (2019).
Luchuo served as a researcher and PhD fellow with the Athena Institute for Research on Innovation and Communication in the Health and Life Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands and the Bordeaux Population Health Research institute (ISPED) of the University of Bordeaux in France, between September 2016 and August 2019, where you he carried out his PhD research in transdisciplinary global health solutions, with a focus on pregnant adolescents’ decision making in the James Town area of Accra in Ghana. He has clinical and research experience in HIV and TB medicine, health systems research, and sexual reproductive health and rights.
Luchuo has served as a chief medical officer in rural health districts in Cameroon, and managed the HIV – TB clinic of a reference military hospital in Garoua, in the Northern Region of Cameroon. He has published in a wide array of subjects including HIV, sexual reproductive health and rights, and research/clinical ethics.
Dr David Nelson
Research Fellow in Rural Health and Care
Tel: 01522 837 343
Dr David Nelson is a Research Fellow in Rural Health and Care within the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health. David’s primary research interests are in the field of cancer survivorship, in particular, the role of rural-urban residency and how this influences self-management following cancer treatment, which was the topic of his mixed methods PhD. Prior to joining LIIRH, he worked as a Macmillan Research Fellow (2015-20) and a Research Assistant (2014-15) within the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. In the past, David has represented the University on the Living with and Beyond Cancer Steering Group and continues to be an active member of the team that organises and delivers the Lincolnshire Cancer Summit (in collaboration with Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Macmillan Cancer Support). David is passionate about public involvement in research and received a UofL Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research in November 2019. He is also a member of the teaching team at Lincoln that delivers the ICA Internship Programme (formerly Bronze Scholar Award) to support Clinical Academic Careers.
Within LIIRH, David’s research falls under three projects in relation to rural health (1) to explore rural oral health in the UK, as well as, interventions to support oral health in rural communities (2) to examine the health related needs of residents using temporary accommodation on Lincolnshire’s East Coast and (3) to evaluate online mental health service provision in Lincolnshire.
Helene is a clinical research and business operations analyst with wide-ranging operational, project and business management experience across private and public sectors. She has held professional and research roles within the fields of art, science and technology and project managed the implementation of large systems and technology initiatives within both commercial operations and healthcare contexts. Her academic and research interests are focused on investigating operational and process optimisation, with particular interest in inquiring systems and meta-governance approaches supporting key stakeholder engagement, interoperability and collaboration. Her PhD study EFACCT, is an evaluation of cancer clinical trial delivery within the NHS, a Mixed Grounded Theory (MGT) study designed to evaluate patient follow-up, complexity within process, trial methodologies, systems and governance and associated social and cultural challenges existing within healthcare organisations and patient populations. Her wider research interests encompass the study of methodologies and operational processes supporting equitable, creative and innovative organisational cultures.
Dr Sue Easton
Research Associate in Spatial Analytics
Sue is an experienced quantitative and spatial statistical analyst with expertise in mapping and visualising sociospatial data in GIS. Born and raised in the heart of an ethnically diverse community in London, she developed a deep commitment to researching socioeconomic, spatial and health inequalities. Her methodological interests include multilevel modelling of multi-scalar spatial data, and modelling longitudinal data using survival analysis and event history analysis. Spatial analytical expertise includes: geodemography, network analysis using transport network data, hotspot analysis and drilling down from meso- to microdata. Since completing her PhD at the University of Sheffield, Sue has worked on a variety of projects including: neighbourhoods, school catchment areas and travel to school; psychosocial interventions for early stage dementia; shopping voucher incentives to improve breastfeeding rates in South Yorkshire/Derbyshire (an RCT); the selling up/outmigration behaviour of Glaswegian home-owners when ethnically “other” households purchase homes nearby, and the gentrification and displacement of tenants and leaseholders in London as a result of the regeneration of council/social housing estates (University of Leicester). She also secured funding to research the impact of insecure housing tenure and unaffordable rents on the health and well-being of older private renters (jointly with Age UK). Prior working experience in the NHS in Mental Health and as a professional in social housing and homelessness has given Sue considerable insight into how personal and neighbourhood-level disadvantage can manifest in the real lives of people with a range of health problems/disabilities and backgrounds. This experience continues to inform her commitment to impactful, policy-relevant research and working in partnership with communities and non-academic agencies.
Tel: 01522 88 6776
Mrs Angela Hole is the Senior Administrator and PA to the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health.
Samuel Cooke: email@example.com
Samuel is a final year PhD student based in Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health. The primary focus of his PhD research is concerned with the development and evaluation of exercise and cognitive interventions for managing or delaying cognitive dysfunction in type 2 diabetes mellitus. This includes using a mixed methods approach to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a suitable intervention and provide recommendations for a future definitive trial. Samuel’s research also aims to identify the underlying neurobiological mechanisms that potentially facilitate improvements in cognition in the context of exercise and cognitive training.
Sophie Mohamed: Mohamed@lincoln.ac.uk
Sophie is a final-year PhD student based in the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health and the School of Psychology. She is also an Associate Lecturer at the School of Psychology and Lincoln International Business School. Her PhD titled ‘The evaluation and assessment of body image perception and distortion in men’ aims to develop and validate new biometrically accurate, ecologically valid measures to assess perceptual body image in the male population. Her research involves modelling male body size and shape using 3D body scans and body composition data. It also intends to shed new light on visual biases in male body size perceptions and social categorical judgements of body weight. With a Masters in Health Psychology from King’s College London, her previous work has included investigations into transgender women's experiences of healthcare and beliefs relating to hormone therapy and menopause.
Marie Rawdon: MRawdon@lincoln.ac.uk
PhD Title: A Novel Virtual Reality Body Image Training Program in Adolescents accessing Eating Disorder Services.
This study will be an RCT testing the efficacy of a Body Image training program delivered through the medium of Virtual Reality in female 14-16 year olds with a diagnosis of Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder.
Ksenia Trischel: kTrischel@lincoln.ac.uk
Ksenia has joined the University of Lincoln in 2017 to work on her interdisciplinary PhD project supervised by the School of Psychology, School of Chemistry and Lincoln Institute for Rural Health which explores factors of mental health vulnerability and resilience to stress. More specifically, she is interested in the role of schizotypy and genetic/epigenetic mechanisms in the psychological and physiological stress response and coping strategies during acute and chronic stressors. With a Masters in Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience, her previous work included research on the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions and the effects of prenatal synthetic glucocorticoids on neuronal correlates of executive functioning. Ksenia is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Care and a member of the University Alliance DTA Applied Biosciences for Health programme.
Hayley Robinson: hRobinson@lincoln.ac.uk
Hayley’s research interests include health psychology, physical activity, and behaviour change in the management of chronic conditions. The overarching aim of her PhD is to develop and test the feasibility of an intervention to promote physical activity following pulmonary rehabilitation in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She is using a mixed methods approach to develop, test, and evaluate the intervention, with the intention of using the results of her PhD to inform a future definitive trial.
Andi Seago: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andi’s background and research interests lie in public health, particularly focused on physical activity and the use exercise prescription for chronic conditions. She is a full time lecturer teaching anatomy and physiology and exercise prescription for health. With experience across private and public sectors she is in the second year of her part-time PhD exploring the management of heart failure, supervised by the School of Health and Social Care. The overarching aim of her PhD is to develop and test the feasibility and efficacy of an intervention to promote the maintenance of physical activity following initial cardiac rehabilitation in people with chronic heart failure. Using a mixed methods approach, the study is designed to evaluate existing maintenance interventions and the complexities of referral from health practitioners with the intention of informing future delivery and provision.
Alex Edwards: email@example.com
Alex is a first year international PhD student supervised by Global Professor Frank Tanser and based in the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health. His research interests include HIV, non-communicable disease multi-morbidity, mental health, and health access. Alex is an instructor of statistics at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His dissertation research examines the synergistic interaction of HIV and cardio-metabolic diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Using spatial statistics this study will look at social and biological factors associated with multi-morbidity disorder in Africa with an eye toward care optimization and access.
Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
Salary: From £33,797 per annum
This post is full time.
Closing Date: Sunday 27 June 2021
Interview Date: Wednesday 28 July 2021
View details here: https://jobs.lincoln.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=CSS161
Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)
Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
Salary: From £39,152 per annum
This post is fixed term for 36 months and is full time.
Closing Date: Sunday 27 June 2021
Interview Date: Tuesday 27 July 2021
View details here: https://jobs.lincoln.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=CSS470