Heiner Grosskurth, MD, PhD, DTMH


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Investigator in Clinical Sites Core

Heiner Grosskurth, MD, PhD, DTMH is the Director of the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS. He is also a Reader in Epidemiology and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Director of the HIV/STI Prevention and Care Research Programme of the Population Council in India on secondment from LSHTM from 2001-2003; and as Senior Lecturer at LSHTM from 1996-2001.

From 1991-1995, Dr. Grosskurth was the Director of the STD/HIV Intervention and Research Programme in the Mwanza Region of Tanzania, a collaborative programme of LSHTM, the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and the Government of Tanzania. During this time he was one of the principal investigators of a trial that investigated the effectiveness of STI control on HIV transmission in a rural African population.

Dr. Grosskurth has been working as a physician since 1980. His initial training was in internal medicine and later included tropical medicine, infectious diseases, venereology and epidemiology. In 1985 he received an M.D. from the University of Kiel (Germany), in 1990 he obtained the degree of a Consultant in Family Medicine from the Federal College of Physicians of Westfalia, Germany, and in 1998 he received a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with a thesis on the epidemiology and control of STD’s and HIV infection.

Dr. Grosskurth's current research interests are focussed on the determinants of the HIV epidemic in Africa and on clinical and population based trials aiming to evaluate innovative interventions against HIV infection and related diseases.