Dr Denise Evans, together with investigators from WHO and Karolinska Institute, will lead the TB Sequel sub-study “Socio-Economic and Impact of TB”. The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO), a division of the Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd, will provide necessary training, as well as co-ordinate data collection, data management, analysis and dissemination of results for this activity within the network.
Dr Evans is a Senior Researcher in Epidemiology at HE2RO. She has a background in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Immunology and completed her PhD at the University of Johannesburg in 2007. Her work forms part of the HIV treatment outcomes research focus area and her role is to analyse observational data obtained from large cohorts of HIV positive patients to monitor treatment and patient outcomes. Her work on HIV has focused on interventions to improve adherence, low cost monitoring of HIV in resource-limited settings and the impact of nutritional supplementation during the first months on ART. Over the last few years Dr Evans has expanded her portfolio to include Tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa and has co-ordinated the Health Economics component of STREAM 1 for South Africa. In addition, she is collaborating with investigators from Boston University and Harvard School of Public Health to investigate the feasibility and impact of integrating a package of home-based early childhood interventions into existing community health work protocols in South Africa.
Dr Evans has published in over 40 international peer-reviewed journals including AIDS and Behavior, PLOS One, BMC Nutrition Journal, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, JIAS, AIDS and Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research. In addition to research and being on the editorial board of two journals, she also mentors and supervisors students. To date she has supervised 1 PhD, 2 Honors, 8 Masters, 5 MMed students.