Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, Clinical Epidemiologist/Paediatrican, Disease Control and Elimination Theme, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia.
Dr. Adetifa is a Physician-Scientist with specialty training in Paediatrics and infectious diseases. He holds an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD from the University of Amsterdam in Epidemiology. He works at the renowned Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit, The Gambia where he was previously research clinician responsible for the Tuberculosis case contact research platform working on projects related to delivery of TB diagnostics and care, assessment of novel diagnostics for TB infection and disease including biomarkers for disease and protection. He has extensive field and clinical experience and is able to link epidemiological and clinical expertise to basic science research in immunology, microbiology and molecular biology. Currently, as Clinical Epidemiologist at the MRC, he is principal investigator on a TB epidemiologic projects portfolio funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. His research interests are clinical and infectious diseases epidemiology particularly paediatric HIV/AIDS and TB; delivery of TB diagnostics and care, assessment of novel diagnostics for TB infection and disease including biomarkers for disease and protection; pneumococcal carriage and infections and operational research for disease control activities. He is also involved in clinical mentorship (in-house and internet based) for HIV training, evidence-based medicine and systematic reviews. He was a European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Career Development Fellow from 2007-9.