Dr Irene Kuepfer MSc Pharmacy, PhD Epidemiology

Role within the MiP Consortium:Trial Coordinator MA2 & MA8

Current Appointment: Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Areas of interest: Malaria in pregnancy, Health Systems

Background:

Dr Kuepfer trained as a pharmacist and holds a postgraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Medicine. She completed her PhD in epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in 2009. During her PhD she worked in Uganda and Tanzania and established the safety and efficacy profile of a new treatment schedule for terminally ill sleeping sickness patients. After her PhD she moved into health systems research. Within the INDEPTH Effectiveness and Safety Studies on Antimalarial Drugs in Africa she contributed to the set up of a 4-country platform to study system effectiveness of artemisinin based combination therapies in different district health systems.

Since September 2011 she is coordinating the MiP studies in India and is based in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Main research interests: clinical R&D, neglected populations and diseases, health systems, capacity building.

Prevention strategy in India
Effective and safe interventions for prevention of malaria in pregnancy in India: an assessment of burden of malaria in pregnancy, implementability of a screening strategy and barriers to scaling up interventions.

Treatment Asia
A multi-centre trial to compare the safety and efficacy of two artemisinin based combination therapies (ACTs) for the treatment of malaria in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy in India.