Dr. Anthony Etyang

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Dr. Anthony Etyang

Principal Investigator

Research group:


Dr Etyang underwent his undergraduate and postgraduate medical education at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He joined KWTRP in 2010 to set up ward based surveillance for invasive pneumococcal disease at the Kilifi County Hospital.  He subsequently did an MSc and PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, exploring potential links between infectious and non-communicable diseases. 


Dr Etyang’s studies are providing much needed local data for high burden infectious and non-communicable diseases. His work spans the whole range from clinic and field based observational studies to ward based clinical trials. 


His main areas of interest are: 

  • Hypertension: accuracy of blood pressure measurement; risk stratification for cardiovascular disease; links between malaria and hypertension; IhCor Africa-improving hypertension control in rural sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Clinical Trials- REALITY (Reduction of Early Mortality in HIV-infected adults and children starting antiretroviral therapy); SONIA (Steroids for pneuomonia in adults in Kenya); COPCOV (Hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19); COVID-19 vaccine trials 
  • Serosurveillance for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in Health Care Workers in Kenya and COVID-19 effectiveness studies  


Internal: Anthony Scott, Ambrose Agweyu, Mainga Hamaluba, Philip Bejon, Ruth Lucinde, Mark Otiende, Edwine Barasa, Benjamin Tsofa 

External: Liam Smeeth, Pablo Perel, Robert Peck, Siaidi Kapiga, Jemima Kamano, Elijah Ogola, Lilian Mbau, Violet Naanyu, Ellen Nolte 

Other roles  

Supervisory; Details of students past and present etc 

Supervised 1 DPhil student to completion and 4 MSc students 

Editorial boards you sit on: None  

Advisory/technical working groups you belong to. Kilifi NCD Working Group, Lancet Commission on Hypertension, NIHR SPARC awards selection committee 

Reviewer roles: Lancet Global Health, Eclinical Medicine, Heart, European Heart Journal, F1000, PLOS, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology  


Funders names and logos: Wellcome, MRC, NIHR


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Orcid Number: 0000-0003-1267-6422

  • Seeley A, Prynn J, Perera R, Street R, Davis D, Etyang A.O. Pharmacotherapy for Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis.  BMC Medicine. 2020:27;18(1):75. doi 10.1186/s12916-020-01530-z 
  • Ong’ayo G, Ooko M, Wang’ondu R, Bottomley C, Nyaguara A, Tsofa BK, Williams TN, Bejon P, Scott JAG, Etyang A.O. Effect of Health Worker’s Strikes on Mortality between 2010-2016 in Kilifi, Kenya: A Population-Based Cohort Analysis. Lancet Global Health 2019 Jul;7(7):e961-e967  
  • Etyang AO, et al. Diagnostic Accuracy of Unattended Automated Office Blood Pressure Measurement in Screening for Hypertension in Kenya. Hypertension. 2019;74(6):1490-1498. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.119.13574 
  • Etyang A.O, et al. Effect of Previous Exposure to Malaria on Blood Pressure in Kilifi, Kenya: A Mendelian Randomization Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019:19;8(6):e011771. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.011771 
  • Etyang AO, et al. The Malaria-High Blood Pressure Hypothesis. Circ Res. 2016  24;119(1):36-40 doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.116.308763 

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