Sigma Research

Axel J. Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Sexual Health and STIs

Telephone: 020-7612 7842

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. Since 2012 he is based at the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (as an epidemiologist). He has worked for four years in German and Swiss gay health centres, and between 2014 and 2017 he led the STI service within the Infectious Diseases Department of the Cantonal Hospital of St.Gallen, Switzerland. In May 2017 he joined Sigma and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as regular staff and is centrally involved in EMIS-2017.

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