Research Fellow


Division: Institute of Global Health and Development

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Kelly Elimian is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

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Kelly Elimian gained a Bachelor (Honours) in Microbiology from the University of Benin, Nigeria (2008) before undertaking a Masters in Medical Microbiology (2012) from the same university with a specialisation in Epidemiology of Tropical Infectious Diseases. He also holds a Masters in Applied Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, UK (2013) with a focus on Evaluation of Public Health Interventions in Emergencies. His PhD at the University of Nottingham focused on the evaluation of diagnostics for childhood malaria and pneumonia at the community level in Nigeria.

Kelly has worked on a wide range of projects in communicable and non-communicable diseases in West Africa (Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and Middle East (Lebanon). Kelly is currently working in the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility focusing on estimating the burden (prevalence, incidence and mortality) and risk factors of non-communicable diseases (diabetes, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases) and mental, neurological and substance use disorders (epilepsy, depression, psychosis and alcohol/tobacco use) in Sierra Leone. In Lebanon, ss well as evaluating existing strategies/interventions for both non-communicable and mental health, similar projects as those in Sierra Leone will be undertaken.

Active research interests:

Epidemiology of non-communicable and mental, neurological and substance use disorders, epidemiology of communicable diseases (e.g. malaria, Lassa fever, Zika, Ebola, pneumonia, neglected tropical diseases etc.), public health and surveillance systems strengthening, fragile settings, evaluation of diagnostics/triage tools, primary data collection, and data organisation and management in epidemiology.

Research Methods:

Quantitative methods (basic and advanced statistics and epidemiology), qualitative methods, systematic review and meta-analysis, group model building; clinic ethnography, and clinical microbiology (diagnostics).

Kelly is Research Fellow as part of the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility (RUHF).

Find out more about this Research Unit on the RUHF webpages

Kelly currently contributes to teaching in IGHD on modules concerning Global Public Health, and Researching Global Health & Development.