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Francois van Loggerenberg


Trial Manager Insika Yomama Trial

I trained as a research psychologist in South Africa and have a PhD in Public Health Medicine from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine investigating behavioural interventions to enhance adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Durban, South Africa. Since 1997 I have lectured in various capacities at the post-graduate level; mostly in Psychology, Criminology, and Statistics and Research Methods. I have been in Oxford since 2012, initially as Scientific Lead on the Global Health Network. In that position I was involved in methodology research, for example, supervising work on a project to assess the role of twitter, in the African Ebola outbreak. I was also co-investigator in a Stanford-Oxford Li Ka Shing foundation-funded study assessing the usefulness of machine data from point-of-care diagnostic machines in Africa. Both of these studies used big data analysis technologies in novel ways to address health and wellbeing in low resource settings.

My current trial work focusses on the efficacy of a behavioural intervention combining Behavioural Activation for perinatal depression and parenting skills on improved cognitive development in children, in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. My research interests include motivation to adhere to antiretroviral therapy, perinatal depression, big data and health, and research methods (especially trials in low resource settings).