Interview with Dr Helen Nabwera

News article 28 Jun 2017
Dr Helen Nabwera

Meet Dr Helen Nabwera, our new Senior Clinical Research Associate in Paediatrics.

Who are you?

I am a consultant general paediatrician with interests in newborn health, nutrition and infectious diseases. I have clinical and research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. My husband Serge Soubeiga and I have two boys, aged three and six.

Where were you before LSTM?

Most recently, I have been working as a locum general paediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children.

Prior to that I spent 3.5 years in The Gambia as an MRC Career Development Fellow managing a rural primary health care facility (focussing on improving quality of care for the newborn as well as malnourished children) and undertaking nutrition research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Completing PhD with LSHTM this year.

I also worked at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust programme as a paediatrician and clinical researcher, with a particular interest in infant nutrition in the context of HIV.

I trained in paediatrics in the West Midlands Deanery in the UK.

Why have you moved to LSTM?

It’s an opportunity to work with a world-renowned team on improving maternal and newborn health outcomes in low income countries (LMICs), in partnership with health and other stakeholders in these countries. LSTM is well-known for undertaking research that is relevant to health priorities in LMICs and supports these countries in providing sustainable solutions.

What do you hope to do in LSTM?

To help develop the newborn portfolio within the Centre, including supporting it with obtaining research funding for our work. To establish long term collaborative research for the Centre and support teaching and learning within the School and at the partner institutions.