Sophie Boisson PhD


Research Fellow


sophie.boisson@lshtm.ac.uk
+44 20 7958 8196
Room 412
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
London WC1E 7H

Background

I have an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM, 2004) and worked at the Health Protection Agency prior to joining the Environmental Health Group in 2007. My research focuses on water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) related health issues. I completed my PhD in 2012, which involved conducting randomised controlled trials to measure the impact of household water treatment interventions on diarrhoea in low-income settings.


Teaching & Research

Personal tutor for the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases and supervision of MSc projects. Involved in teaching on distance-learning modules (Water and Sanitation; Research Design, Management & Analysis). Facilitate practical sessions on the in-house study module Analysis & Design of Research Studies.

I am interested in the design and implementation of impact evaluation studies, trials methodology, epidemiology of diarrhoeal disease and the link between WASH and nutritional outcomes. I have worked in Ethiopia, the DR Congo and lived in India for several years where I was managing a large cluster-randomised trial on the impact of sanitation on diarrheal disease and helminth infections; and a double-blinded trial of household water chlorination. I am now London-based but continue supporting projects in India and most recently in Rwanda. Current research in Rwanda includes an impact study of community health clubs in Rusizi province and the evaluation of a countrywide campaign promoting water filters and improved cook stoves.

Research Areas

  • Child health
  • Environmental health
  • Impact evaluation
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Sanitation
  • Water

Publications


Making Sanitation Count: Developing and Testing a Device for Assessing Latrine Use in Low-Income Settings.
Clasen, T.; Fabini, D.; Boisson, S.; Taneja, J.; Song, J.; Aichinger, E.; Bui, A.; Dadashi, S.; Schmidt, W.P.; Burt, Z.; Nelson, K.L.;
Environ Sci Technol, 2012; 46(6):3295-303

Epidemiological methods in diarrhoea studies--an update.
Schmidt, W.P. ; Arnold, B.F. ; Boisson, S. ; Genser, B. ; Luby, S.P. ; Barreto, M.L. ; Clasen, T. ; Cairncross, S. ;
Int J Epidemiol, 2011; 40(6):1678-92

Water, sanitation and hygiene for the prevention of diarrhoea.
Cairncross, S.; Hunt, C.; Boisson, S.; Bostoen, K.; Curtis, V.; Fung, I.C.; Schmidt, W.P.;
Int J Epidemiol, 2010; 39 Suppl 1:i193-205

Interventions to improve disposal of human excreta for preventing diarrhoea.
Clasen, T.F.; Bostoen, K.; Schmidt, W.P.; Boisson, S.; Fung, I.C.; Jenkins, M.W.; Scott, B.; Sugden, S.; Cairncross, S.;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2010; 6:CD007180

Field Assessment of a Novel Household-Based Water Filtration Device: A Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Boisson, S.; Kiyombo, M.; Sthreshley, L.; Tumba, S.; Makambo, J.; Clasen, T.;
Plos One, 2010; 5(9):e12613

Randomized controlled trial in rural Ethiopia to assess a portable water treatment device.
Boisson, S.; Schmidt, W.P.; Berhanu, T.; Gezahegn, H.; Clasen, T.;
Environ Sci Technol, 2009; 43(15):5934-9

Weight-for-age z-score as a proxy marker for diarrhoea in epidemiological studies.
Schmidt, W.P.; Boisson, S.; Genser, B.; Barreto, M.; Baisley, K.; Filteau, S.; Cairncross, S.;
J Epidemiol Community Health, 2009;

Microbiological effectiveness and cost of boiling to disinfect drinking water in rural Vietnam.
Clasen, T.F.; Thao, d.o. .H.; Boisson, S.; Shipin, O.;
Environ Sci Technol, 2008; 42(12):4255-60


Assessing the impact of household water treatment with NaDCC tablet: a randomized, controlled trial in Orissa, India.

Boisson, S; Stevenson, M; Shapiro, L; Kuman, V; Singh, LP; Ward, D; Clasen, T.;
PLOS Med, In Press;
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 13.05 ·


Interventions to improve water quality and supply, sanitation and hygiene practices, and their effects on the nutritional status of children (review)

Dangour, AD; Watson, L; Cumming, O; Boisson, S; Che, Y; Velleman, Y; Cavill, S; Allen, E; Uauy, R;
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, In Press;
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Journal Article - Original Research


Interventions to improve water quality and supply, sanitation and hygiene practices, and their effects on the nutritional status of children

Dangour, A. D. ; Watson, L. ; Cumming, O.; Boisson, S. ; Che, Y. ; Velleman, Y. ; Cavill, S. ; Allen, E. ; Uauy, R.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013;
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 5.653


Comparison of Kato-Katz, Ethyl-Acetate Sedimentation, and Midi Parasep® in the Diagnosis of Hookworm, Ascaris and Trichuris infections in the context of an evaluation of rural sanitation in India.

Funk, A.L. ; Boisson, S. ; Clasen, T. ; Ensink, J.H. ;
Acta Trop, 2013;
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Update from Pubmed · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 2.221


The effect of improved rural sanitation on diarrhoea and helminth infection: design of a cluster-randomized trial in Orissa, India.

Clasen, T. ; Boisson, S. ; Routray, P. ; Cumming, O. ; Jenkins, M. ; Ensink, J.H. ; Bell, M. ; Freeman, M.C. ; Peppin, S. ; Schmidt, W.P. ;
Emerg Themes Epidemiol, 2012; 9(1):7
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009):


Making Sanitation Count: Developing and Testing a Device for Assessing Latrine Use in Low-Income Settings.

Clasen, T.; Fabini, D.; Boisson, S.; Taneja, J.; Song, J.; Aichinger, E.; Bui, A.; Dadashi, S.; Schmidt, W.P.; Burt, Z.; Nelson, K.L.;
Environ Sci Technol, 2012; 46(6):3295-303
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 4.63


Epidemiological methods in diarrhoea studies--an update.

Schmidt, W.P. ; Arnold, B.F. ; Boisson, S. ; Genser, B. ; Luby, S.P. ; Barreto, M.L. ; Clasen, T. ; Cairncross, S. ;
Int J Epidemiol, 2011; 40(6):1678-92
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 5.262


Field Assessment of a Novel Household-Based Water Filtration Device: A Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Boisson, S.; Kiyombo, M.; Sthreshley, L.; Tumba, S.; Makambo, J.; Clasen, T.;
Plos One, 2010; 5(9):e12613
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 4.351


Water, sanitation and hygiene for the prevention of diarrhoea.

Cairncross, S.; Hunt, C.; Boisson, S.; Bostoen, K.; Curtis, V.; Fung, I.C.; Schmidt, W.P.;
Int J Epidemiol, 2010; 39 Suppl 1:i193-205
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 5.262


Interventions to improve disposal of human excreta for preventing diarrhoea.

Clasen, T.F.; Bostoen, K.; Schmidt, W.P.; Boisson, S.; Fung, I.C.; Jenkins, M.W.; Scott, B.; Sugden, S.; Cairncross, S.;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2010; 6:CD007180
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 5.653


Randomized controlled trial in rural Ethiopia to assess a portable water treatment device.

Boisson, S.; Schmidt, W.P.; Berhanu, T.; Gezahegn, H.; Clasen, T.;
Environ Sci Technol, 2009; 43(15):5934-9
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 4.63


Weight-for-age z-score as a proxy marker for diarrhoea in epidemiological studies.

Schmidt, W.P.; Boisson, S.; Genser, B.; Barreto, M.; Baisley, K.; Filteau, S.; Cairncross, S.;
J Epidemiol Community Health, 2009;
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Update from Pubmed · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 3.043


Interventions to improve excreta disposal for the prevention of diarrhoea. (Protocol for a Cochrane Review)

Clasen, T.; Bostoen, K.; Schmidt, W.; Boisson, S.; Fung, I.; Jenkins, M.; Scott, B.; Sugden, S.; Cairncross, S.
The Cochrane Library, 2008; (2)
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research


Microbiological effectiveness and cost of disinfecting water by boiling in semi-urban India.

Clasen, T.; McLaughlin, C.; Nayaar, N.; Boisson, S.; Gupta, R.; Desai, D.; Shah, N.;
Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2008; 79(3):407-13
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Update from Pubmed · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 2.795


Microbiological effectiveness and cost of boiling to disinfect drinking water in rural Vietnam.

Clasen, T.F.; Thao, d.o. .H.; Boisson, S.; Shipin, O.;
Environ Sci Technol, 2008; 42(12):4255-60
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 4.63


HOUSEHOLD WATER TREATMENT USING SODIUM DICHLOROISOCY ANURATE (NaDCC) TABLETS: A RANDOMIZED, CONTROLLED TRIAL TO ASSESS MICROBIOLOGICAL EFFECTIVENESS IN BANGLADESH.

Clasen, T.; Saeed, T.F.; Boisson, S.; Edmondson, P.; Shipin, O.;
Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2007; 76(1):187-192
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Update from Pubmed · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research · IF(2009): 2.795


Household-based ceramic water filters for the treatment of drinking water in disaster response: an assessment of a pilot programme in the Dominican Republic

Clasen, T.; Boisson, S.
Water Practice & Tech, 2006; 1(2)
DOI · PubMed · WoS · Abstract · WWW · Full Record · Research Online·Journal Article - Original Research


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