Sigma Research

Axel J. Schmidt

Honorary Research Fellow


Dr Axel Jeremias Schmidt is an epidemiologist (MPH) and clinician (Dr. med.) who joined LSHTM as an honorary research fellow in 2012. He was the co-ordinator and lead scientist for the original EMIS Study (2009-2011), working in close collaboration with Sigma Research. Since 2012 he has co-ordinated the EMIS network and related publications. He has nine years of experience in offline and online sexual health surveys among MSM and worked for the German Robert-Koch-Institute and Social Science Research Centre Berlin, and has repeatedly served as a consultant for the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC). As an epidemiologist his research has focussed on hepatitis C transmission, MSM-populations, and MSM-specific outcomes such as HIV/STI prevalence and incidence. As a clinician he has several years of experience in diagnosis and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, as well as in sexual health counselling. He has worked for four years in German and Swiss gay health centres. Since 2012 he is based at the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (as an epidemiologist) and since 2014 at the Infectious Diseases Department of the Cantonal Hospital of St.Gallen, Switzerland (as a clinician), where he leads the STI service. Axel remains first point of contact for the orignal EMIS and will be centrally involved in EMIS 2017.

Recent journal articles