Principal Investigator

Research group:


Alison Talbert is a paediatrician with research interests in malnutrition, infection and infant and young child feeding. She moved to Kilifi in 2005 from Tanzania where she collaborated with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on tick-borne relapsing fever control using insecticide treated bed nets. In Kilifi she has worked on malnutrition studies led by Professor Kath Maitland and Dr. Jay Berkley. She has been an investigator on a study of endotoxinaemia in malnutrition and malaria, and on clinical trials of an outpatient treatment strategy of ready to use supplementary food in moderate malnutrition (Modmal) and omega-3 PUFA enriched ready to use therapeutic food in treatment of severe acute malnutrition (NjuguPlus). She is now leading a community based study of breastfeeding practices and advice given to first time mothers in Jaribuni Division.


Currently funded by Global Health Trials to undertake an observational study exploring the role of breastfeeding in the recovery of acute malnutrition in infants under 6 months. At the same time, undertaking a retrospective analysis of admission anthropometric data from hospitalized infants under 6 months aiming to determine the predictors of inpatient and post-discharge mortality among infants under 6 months and suggest a MUAC cut-off that may be applied to diagnose acute malnutrition in infants aged below 6 months.

“You cannot know if it’s a baby or not a baby”: uptake, provision and perceptions of antenatal care and routine antenatal ultrasound scanning in rural Kenya

Oluoch, D. A., Mwangome, N., Kemp, B., Seale, A. C., Koech, A., Papageorghiou, A. T., Berkley, J. A., Kennedy, S. H., Jones, C. O.

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015; : 127

Research priorities to improve the management of acute malnutrition in infants aged less than six months (MAMI)

Angood, C., McGrath, M., Mehta, S., Mwangome, M., Lung’aho, M., Roberfroid, D., Perry, A., Wilkinson, C., Israel, A. D., Bizouerne, C., Haider, R., Seal, A., Berkley, J. A., Kerac, M.

PLoS Med. 2015; : e1001812

Reliability and accuracy of anthropometry performed by community health workers among infants under 6 months in rural Kenya

Mwangome, M. K., Fegan, G., Mbunya, R., Prentice, A. M., Berkley, J. A.

Trop Med Int Health. 2012; : 622-9

Mid-upper arm circumference at age of routine infant vaccination to identify infants at elevated risk of death: a retrospective cohort study in the Gambia

Mwangome, M. K., Fegan, G., Fulford, T., Prentice, A. M., Berkley, J. A.

Bull World Health Organ. 2012; : 887-94

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