Statistician/data manager

In the team IDLIC as biostatistician and data manager since 2004. I worked mainly for research on HIV infection within international multi-cohort collaborations as the Antiretroviral treatment in low income countries collaboration (ART-LINC) and the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS in West Africa (IeDEA West Africa).

I also worked for the randomized intervention trial Prenahtest (ANRS 12127, Prenatal HIV testing) and for the randomized trial TasP (ANRS 12249, treatment as prevention) in South Africa.

Currently, I work for the project TB-Speed as data manager. The TB-Speed project will carry out research activities aiming at reducing childhood mortality from TB by evaluating innovative and cost-effective TB diagnostic approaches for resource-limited settings. Implemented over a period of four years in seven countries of Africa and Asia (Cambodia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia), the project will contribute to screening of a total of approximately 77,000 children.

Main education:
2009-2010: Master degree in Biostatistics, ISPED
1997-1999: Master degree in Public Health and Epidemiology, ISPED

Main publications

Iwuji CC, Orne-Gliemann J, Larmarange J, Balestre E, Thiebaut R, Tanser F, et al. Universal test and treat and the HIV epidemic in rural South Africa: a phase 4, open-label, community cluster randomised trial. ANRS 12249 TasP Study Group. Lancet HIV. 2018 Mar;5(3):e116-e125.

Balestre E, Ekouevi DK, Tchounga B, Eholie SP, Messou E, et al. Immunologic response in treatment-naïve HIV-2-infected patients: the IeDEA West Africa cohort. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016 Feb 8;19(1):20044.

Huisin ʼt Veld D, Balestre E, Buyze J, Menten J, Jaquet A, et al. Determinants of Weight Evolution Among HIV-Positive Patients Initiating Antiretroviral Treatment in Low-Resource Settings. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Oct 1;70(2):146-54.

Ekouevi DK, Balestre E, Coffie PA, Minta D, Messou E, Sawadogo A, et al. Characteristics of HIV-2 and HIV-1/HIV-2 Dually Seropositive Adults in West Africa Presenting for Care and Antiretroviral Therapy: The IeDEA-West Africa HIV-2 Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 18;8(6):e66135.

Balestre E, Eholié SP, Lokossue A, Sow PS, Charurat M, Minga A, et al; International epidemiological Database to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) West Africa Collaboration. 17. Effect of age on immunological response in the first year of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-1-infected adults in West Africa. AIDS. 2012 May 15;26(8):951-7.

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