Prof. Denise Evans, PhD
Dr. Denise Evans, in collaboration with the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) — a division of the Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd — will lead the research task focusing on the socio-economic consequences and economic evaluations for TB and PTLD. HE2RO will oversee the provision of necessary training, coordination of data collection, data management, analysis, and dissemination of results within the network. For the TB Sequel II project, HE2RO and LSHTM will join forces to conduct Health Economic Modelling, aiming to forecast the impact and benefits of theoretical interventions on health outcomes.
Dr. Evans serves as a Principal Researcher at HE2RO and holds a joint position as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. With over 14 years of research experience, her work primarily focuses on optimizing treatment outcomes for HIV, TB, and drug-resistant TB. As the technical lead of the TB research area at HE2RO, Dr. Evans has spearheaded numerous large grants, cluster randomized trials, and health economic evaluations for TB in South Africa. Since 2016, she has been at the forefront of the socio-economic research task for TB Sequel, with a significant portion of her research examining the interplay between post-TB lung disease and economic, social, and psychological outcomes.
Contributions and Achievements
In her role, Dr. Evans actively mentors and supervises post-graduate students, serves as both an internal and external examiner for post-graduate degrees, and evaluates protocols for the School of Public Health and the Johannesburg District Research Committee. A committed member of the TB Union since 2017, she was recently named Secretary for the Union Africa Regional Committee. Her scholarly impact includes an H-index of 31, over 5000 citations, and 139 publications.