|Early-Stage Investigator Profiles
Julie Jesson, IeDEA West Africa
Julie Jesson, MSc, PhD, is an epidemiologist working for Inserm U1027, at the University of Toulouse 3, France. Her research interests are focused on growth and nutritional care for children and adolescents living with HIV in Africa. During her PhD, she studied malnutrition among children on antiretroviral therapy enrolled in the IeDEA pediatric West African Database (pWADA). She is assessing nutritional interventions in this population through the WADANUT study. She pursued her post-doctoral research within the IeDEA multiregional consortium, in close partnership with the IeDEA Southern Africa team at the University of Cape Town, evaluating stunting and growth among adolescents living with HIV. Dr. Jesson has been part of the IeDEA Pediatric Working Group since 2016 and is working within the IAS CIPHER cohort consortium to assess global patterns of growth and immune system development among adolescents living with HIV.
Gabriela Patten, IeDEA Southern Africa
Ms. Patten holds a Masters in Epidemiology degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has worked as a field epidemiologist for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She is currently based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she is pursuing her PhD. Her doctoral work is focused on exploring the difficult to treat and hard to reach populations in the HIV epidemic, specifically those with advanced HIV disease and children with treatment failure. Her work involves describing how these populations and their outcomes have changed as ART programs have matured in Southern Africa in the context of evolving guidelines and treatment options. Her research aims to inform treatment strategies to improve the outcomes of these hard to reach populations. She is currently helping to lead a multiregional IeDEA concept studying outcomes of children and adolescents treated with raltegravir.